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Get Up To The Minute 2nd District Updates By Following Supervisor Ridley-Thomas On Twitter

Get all the latest and greatest directly from Supervisor Ridley-Thomas by following the Supervisor on Twitter. Last week, for example, the Supervisor “Tweeted” live from the NAACP Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, as seen below:

NAACP Tweets

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California Legislative Black Caucus Youth Leadership Scholarship

The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) Youth Leadership Scholarship, established in 2009, is offering a $2,000 scholarship to youth attending any institution of higher education for professional, academic, or vocational training and development. CLBC’s primary goal in offering these scholarships is to increase the pool of young community leaders by assisting them financially and helping them pursue their educational and personal leadership goals.

More information and application

America I AM Exhibit at the California Science Center Extended to May 2, 2010

America I AM

The America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibit, which traces the indelible imprint African Americans have made on America, has been extended to May 2, 2010. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the California Science Center at Exposition Park.

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NY Times Review

U.S. Navy Launches Ship Named After Charles R. Drew

From the L.A. Times:

Syliva Drew Ivie has seen schools and a medical college named after her late father Charles Drew, a black surgeon whose pioneering work in the science of blood preservation was key to the development of large-scale blood banks.

But the U.S. Navy’s christening and launching of the massive, 689-feet long dry cargo/ammunition ship Charles Drew from a San Diego shipyard early Saturday may have been the most unusual “edifice” named after him. But it was no less touching, the 66-year-old Drew Ivie said.

The Los Angeles resident acknowledged that some people would find it unusual for a warship to be named after her father, who also serves as the namesake of Willowbrook’s Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Then again, her father’s research on the storage and shipment of plasma is credited with saving hundreds of lives during World War II.

“Even though he was not in the miltary, his name is connected to saving lives in the military,” Drew Ivie said. “Whatever my politics are about the wars the U.S. is engaged in, taking care of people fighting in wars and among our allies was a very integral part of his story.”

More at the L.A. Times

Sylvia Drew Ivie serves as Chief of Staff to Supervisor Ridley-Thomas

UPDATE: Supervisor Ridley-Thomas honors the Drew Family at the Board of Supervisor’s meeting on March 2, 2010.

Senior Citizens Observance of African-American History Month at Athens Park

This year’s seniors’ observance of African-American History Month will honor the “Our Authors Study Club, Inc.” Working with elected officials, community groups, educational institutions and the general public, the Club publishes and disseminates information about the contributions African-Americans and their descendents have made to the world’s history, literature and culture.

Entertainment will be provided featuring senior groups and other individuals. The general public is invited and a free lunch will be served. For more information about the program and luncheon, contact Joann Gaines at (310) 603-3358.

Thursday, February 18, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.

Athens Park Auditorium
12603 South Athens Way
Los Angeles, CA 90061