The Foundation staff were lucky enough to be the special guests of NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous at last week’s 2009 NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. What an amazing ceremony at an amazing time!
The program took place on the 100th anniversary of the NAACP’s establishment by WEB DuBois and Ida B. Wells, among distinguished others. Al Gore received the Chairman’s Award (along with Dr. Wangari Maathai) for his climate crisis work. Back in 2006, Gore – a friend of the Kapors – came to our offices to do the presentation that was highlighted in An Incovenient Truth. Seeing him up close and in person back then, along with hearing the urgency of the message, was a life-changing experience for me, so I was glad to see him recognized by America’s most renowned civil rights organization last week.
There was also a special buzz in the room whenever the image of President Barack Obama flashed on the presentation screens. Just imagine the pride and excitement in marking the NAACP’s 100th anniversary just 23 days after the inauguration of the nation’s first black president! That was incredibly moving, even for a low-key cynic like me!
Of course I was star-struck by all of the glitterati in the house (which I list on my Facebook page, LOL). Who would’ve thought that we’d see performances by Beyonce, Seal, Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson (lawd, that chile can saaang!) and Stevie Wonder in the same night!! I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to have been part of a very memorable evening.
(BTW, the pose in the picture was NOT my idea! LOL)