Assistant Professor Cynthia Davis was one of twenty Southern California African American women honored recently by the Ford Motor Company Fund at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Davis, a faculty member of the Medical Sciences Institute at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, was recognized on February 25 for a quarter-century of dedicated service, implementing HIV/AIDS-related education, prevention, outreach and testing programs in Los Angeles County.
She was among those recognized from the Los Angeles area who have shaped their communities and beyond by advocating for social and humanitarian causes. It is those same causes that were celebrated by the travelling exhibition.
Freedom’s Sisters tells the stories of 20 African American women from the 19th and 20th centuries, who have worked tirelessly for human rights, freedom, and civil rights.
The exhibit was created two years ago by the Cincinnati Museum Center and organized by the Smithsonian Institution.
Funded by a grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund, the exhibit has been working through an eight-city tour over a three-year period, but no stops were planned for Southern California. Currently, the exhibit is housed through April 4 at the Du Sable Museum of African American History in Chicago.
Other honorees from Southern California included: Karen Bass, former speaker of the California Assembly; Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, former Los Angeles County supervisor; Charisse Bremond-Weaver, president and CEO Brotherhood Crusade; Natalie Cole, publisher, Our Weekly News; D’Lisa Davies, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department; Loretta Devine, actress; Pat Harvey, television news anchor; Glenda Gill, executive director, Rainbow/PUSH Los Angeles; “Sweet" Alice Harris, community organizer and founder, Parents of Watts; LaWanda Hawkins, community organizer and founder of Justice For Murdered Children.
Also, Artis Lane, painter and sculptor; Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress and AIDS/HIV activist; Holly Mitchell, community organizer for child care policy issues; Lillian Mobley, community organizer and chair of the Black Health Task Force; Denise Pines, president of sales and marketing, The Smiley Group; Holly Robinson-Peete, actress and co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation; Della Reese, entertainer and church minister; Miriam Scott Long, deputy Los Angeles deputy mayor of education; and Angela Winston, director of development, Challengers Boys & Girls Club.
For more information on the exhibit: http://www.sites.si.edu/exhibitions/exhibits/freedoms_sisters/main.htm