The Philadelphia Tribune’s annual list of the City’s “Most Influential” African Americans Gala

The Philadelphia Tribune’s annual list of the City’s “Most Influential” African Americans was announced to the public and published Sunday in the Tribune to pick up a copy today.
The front line who works hard to get the guests in to begin enjoying the festivitiesWhere Magazine publisher Laura Burkhardt and Philadelphia Tribune writer Bobbi Booker. Thanks to Bobbi for her words that make the blog today. Mariska K. Bogle greets the crowd and introduces her fatherMore than 350 of Philadelphia’s elected and government officials, educators, business people, community activists and labor leaders gathered Wednesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for The Philadelphia Tribune’s reception announcing its annual list of the City’s Most Influential African Americans “You have come to pay tribute to those African Americans who make it work, not just for the African-American community, but for our community,” said Tribune President and CEO Robert W. Bogle.
Bill Green, Faatimah and Kenny Gamble and guestsIn addition to the list of most influential, the Tribune also published a list of 10 People Under 40 to Watch in 2009, 75 African-American Leaders, and 42 Movers & Shakers who demonstrate leadership beyond their positions. “This category identifies people who make things happen in this region beyond their individual title or position,” explained Tribune Magazine Editor Shonda McClain. “Their contributions have had a positive impact on our community and on our future generations.”
Lynne Abraham greets guests
Among the honored were education leaders: School Superintendent Arlene Ackerman and School Reform Commission Chairwoman Sandra Dungee Glenn; business people: A. Bruce Crawley, president, Millennium 3 Management Inc. and founder, Philadelphia African American Chamber of Commerce and Ahmeenah Young, president and CEO, Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority; one appointed government official: Carl Greene, executive director, Philadelphia Housing Authority; community and civic leaders: J. Whyatt Mondesire, president, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania NAACP, and Sharmain Matlock-Turner, president and executive director, Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition.
Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s Najwa Nicole Ross and Gar. Multicultural Affairs Director, Nicole Ross works in collaboration with the Philadelphia Film Festival/ CineFest (March 26-April 6, 2009) to launch a new program sidebar titled: Fade to Black: Perspectives in Black Cinema. This new sidebar will introduce fourteen programs – including feature length films as well as shorts – to be screened during the festival in venues throughout Philadelphia . The thematic criteria for films in this program is capturing a unique facet of the black experience – be it rural or urban, USA or international, current or historical, documentary or fiction.Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds-Brown
Orien Reid and her husband attended. I WAS THRILLED TO MEET HER as I grew up watching her segments, and she always had such a sunny and happy disposition.