S.F. African American Chamber Commemorates Juneteenth, Post News Group’s 50th Anniversary

Post News Group’s owners and publishers Gay Plair Cobb and Paul Cobb.

Carol H. Williams

The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel, Wednesday, June 19 at noon to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the Post News Group, The chamber will honor community leaders and descendants of great African Americans along with featured keynote speaker Carol H. Williams of Carol H. Williams Advertising and mistress of ceremonies, celebrity chef and KBLX radio personality Nikki Shaw. Among those who are being recognized are the Post News Group’s owners and publishers Gay Plair Cobb and Paul Cobb, who will receive the chamber’s Outstanding African American Business Award for their excellence in media and community advocacy. Others are trailblazers and community leaders, culture keeper Dr. Wade Nobles, educator Louise C. Jones, small business advocate Virginia Harmon, community advocate Dr. Caesar Churchwell, housing advocate Cathy Davis and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. The local descendants of great leaders include Booker T. Washington, Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, John Lewis, Dr. Charles Drew, Richard Harvey Cain, and the co-founders of Allensworth, California. James and Alice Hackett are featured as legacy honorees in the community. “Without the extraordinary efforts of our Banking Committee Chair, (the chamber) board Vice President Matt Thomas of World Connect, we would not have the support of so many corporate sponsors including presenting sponsor Wells Fargo along with US Bank, Union Bank, First Republic, Chase, Bank of America and Comerica and others,” said Juneteenth Luncheon Chair Carla Thomas. As an added feature, Wells Fargo will feature a Kinsey Art Collection video presentation along with a West Coast debut of Uptown Magazine. For more information and to purchase tickets and tables for the Juneteenth Business Awards Luncheon, visit www.SFAACC.org or call (415) 749-6400.
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