On July 19th 2014, I had the utmost pleasure to attend the 2nd Annual African American Heritage night at Petco Park–a night of celebration and baseball. But what really made this night unforgettable was the story behind it.
The African American Heritage Night began with a simple promise: to recognize the unsung heroes and trailblazers of the San Diego Black Community. But what San Diegans fail to realize is the fact that African American Heritage night is the first of its kind since forever–meaning the African American community was the last ethnic community (out of all ethnic communities) to hear an event at Petco Park which recognizes ethnic diversity and history.
Clara Carter, Founder and CEO of the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network (MCCSN), created this event one year ago because of this known fact. And to make it sound more noble, she didn’t receive a penny from these events which she has hosted for the past two years. Instead all proceeds go to a charitable organization, and this year it was Eleanor’s place–an organization which aims help single mothers and women who are suffering from domestic violence, drug addiction, and social ills.
To name a few of the Trailblazers that were honored at the Petco Park stadium: Walter McCoy (Negro League Legend), Beverly Monroe, Makeda Dread, Kadir Nelson (Award Winning American artist), Dajahns Blevins, Dr. Richard Butcher; Dr. Dorothy Smith, Harwell W. “Skipper” Ragsdale, III, Mark Jenkins, Eric Davis, Joyce Henderson, Willie Morrow, Council Member Myrtle Cole, Neale “Bobo” Henderson (Negro Legend and The First Professional Black Quarterback in the State of California)
But none would be made possible without these hard working ladies (the Backbone of the San Diego Black Community): Cheryl Morrow, Clara Carter, Makena Hayes-Gargonnu, & Rachel Evans
Thank you guys and I look forward to next year’s African American Heritage Night
To see pictures of this event go to my Flickr account: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZo2gH1
To contact Clara for more information on the Multi-Cultural Convention Services Network go to www.mccsn.com
For more press coverage on this special event go to Twitter @TSDMNews