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Fete to Honor Black Leaders in Many Fields

September 06, 1990

LONG BEACH — Kid's Sportsbeat magazine will sponsor a Salute to African-American Leadership awards ceremony and dinner Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The event will honor blacks who have excelled in education, entertainment, religion, sports and family life. Recipients of the Heritage Award of Lifetime Achievement are Nelson Mandela and Malcolm X. The Hank Gathers Character Award will be presented to Tommy Hawkins, vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Other recipients include:

Education: Amen Rahh, professor of black studies at Cal State Long Beach.

Entertainment: Cynthia Horner, executive editor of Right On! magazine; Steve Ivory, editor of Black Beat magazine; Iman, model and actress.

Religion: the Rev. Cecil Murray, pastor of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles; Imam Warith D. Mohammed, national spokeswoman for Human Salvation.

Sports: Cliff Levingston, power forward for the Atlanta Hawks; Rod Smith, founder of Just Say No to Drugs Summer Collegiate Basketball Classic and Coup the Hoop National Basketball Classic; Izzy Washington, co-founder of the Slam-n-Jam Development Basketball League.

Ron Riser, actor starring in "House Party," will be master of ceremonies. The event will include live entertainment and a fashion and hair show after dinner and the awards ceremony.

Tickets are $45 and are available at VIP Records in Long Beach and the Crenshaw Cafe in Inglewood. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 200 S. Pine Ave. For more information, call Carmen Abdullah, editor and publisher of Kid's Sportsbeat magazine, at 492-5672 or 424-5993.

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