BWOPA Recognizes Community and Political Leaders


Dr. Kimberly Mayfield, chair of the Education Department at Holy Names University, and Barbara Parker, Oakland City Attorney, are among the 2013 Ella Hill Hutch award winners presented by Black Women Organized for Political Action, which this year is celebrating its 45th anniversary. The Fresno/San Joaquin Valley Chapter award winner is Cassandra L. Joubert, Director of the Central California Children’s Institute.


Named after the first Black woman elected official to serve the greater Bay Area in the late 1970s and a founding member of BWOPA, the awards will honor local and state African-American women political and community leaders for their achievements on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd. in the Oakland Hills.

An award also will be presented to one African-American “Man of the Year” who has shown courage and enormous support to BWOPA, women in general and to the African-American community.


“We – BWOPA – are extremely excited to celebrate 45 years as the first women’s organization in California working on the front-line to educate, engage and train women to participate in the political process,” said State President Dezie Woods Jones. “We have grown from our 12 founding members in 1968 to seven chapters throughout the state.”

Advance tickets for the event are $45 for individuals and can be purchased online. Tickets will be $55 at the door. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For tickets and sponsorships, visit


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