At some level and in some context we all want to be first – first place in a competition; first member of the family to reach a coveted milestone; first person to apologize to a loved one; first person to give up a seat for someone whose ailments prevent them from standing for long periods of time.
For 50 years now, the Brotherhood Crusade, whose own history is rich with firsts, has celebrated individuals whose contributions to society were not only significant but also firsts – Walter Bremond: created the first structured system for African-American charitable contributions at the workplace directed to African-American programs; Aretha Franklin: first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Yvonne Braithwaite Burke: first African American congresswoman and assemblywoman elected from California; Tom Bradley: first African-American mayor of a major U.S. city; Paula Madison: first African-American woman to be named general manager at a network-owned station in a top five market; and the list goes on.
The contributions of these pioneers have directly improved our lives and are very much worthy of praise. However, I am taking this opportunity to recognize my greatest heroes and herons – you – the individuals and partners that have contributed to and otherwise supported the Brotherhood Crusade today, and, as a result, facilitated life-changing firsts beyond measure.
Thank you all for your generous support to the Brotherhood Crusade.
Charisse Bremond Weaver
President and CEO