*(Los Angeles, CA) – The Los Angeles NAACP has named Dr. Gloria Zuurveen (pictured) as its Ida B. Wells-Barnett Journalism Award recipient during its 2015 Annual “Roy Wilkins Freedom Fund Awards Gala.” The event will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. The pre-dinner concert featuring Seville will begin at 6:00 pm.
Each year, the Los Angeles NAACP recognizes individuals from the education, social, economic and political sectors that have made noteworthy contributions in the community. This year’s theme is “Stony the Road We Trod.”
All are invited to register and attend the event, which will include luminaries such as Earl Gales, Chairman and CEO, Jenkins, Gales & Martinez Inc. -Lifetime Achievement Award; Curtis Simpson, President, Simpson Family Mortuary, Inc. -Lifetime Achievement Award; The Honorable Herb J. Wesson Jr., President, Los Angeles City Council -President’s Award; Sheryl L. Spiller, Director, Department of Public Social Services -Trailblazer Award; Dolores Huerta, Labor Leader and Civil Rights Activist-Social Justice Award; Rev. Larry Dove, Pastor, Park Hills Community Church – Ecumenical Award; and Yara Shahidi, Actress on the hit television series Black-ish and 2015 Image Awards “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy” -Youth Award.
Dr. Zuurveen is receiving this award for her strong commitment she has demonstrated during her 20- year career in crusading journalism that has given voice to the voiceless in PACE NEWS, a weekly adjudicated newspaper she founded in 1995. Dr. Zuurveen has been instrumental in calling educating and calling attention to critical issues that directly affect the welfare and lives of African Americans.
Dr. Zuurveen, like Mrs. Wells-Barnett is a native Mississippians as well as being crusaders against injustices and disenfranchisement of African Americans. Like Mrs. Wells-Barnett, who started a newspaper to speak out against lynching, Dr. Zuurveen started her own newspaper to speak out against stereotypical and repugnant comments a white teacher were making about African American students, her daughter included, in the public school system.
Dr. Zuurveen currently serves as Founder/Owner/Publisher of her namesake PACE NEWS, where she publishes a weekly newspaper. Additionally, Dr. Zuurveen is licensed minister who is founder and teacher of Branch of Christ Outreach Ministry (BCOM); Founder/President/CEO of Parent Action Coalition for Education (PACE), a 501c3 nonprofit organization that helps drive students to careers in journalism through the Journalism Education Enrichment Program (J.E.E.P.).
Dr. Zuurveen also serves as a volunteer at the Grace Hopper STEM Academy, a Public Independent Residential Middle Charter School for girls, on the St. Mary’s Academy campus in Inglewood, California.
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