Posted June 26, 2018 by Editorial Staff in Photo

[PHOTOS] SFAACC Juneteenth Celebration Honors Rev. Cecil Williams, Top Officials in Attendance (2018)


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Event: SFAACC Juneteenth Business Forum & Awards Forum 2018
Pictured: Janice Edwards, Dr. Brenda Wade, SFAACC President Matt Thomas, SF Supervisor London Breed, Rev. Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani, Fmr. SF Mayor Willie Brown, SFAACC  Board Chair Fred Jordan
Date: Friday, June 22, 2018
Location: San Francisco MArriott Marquis
Photo Credit: Photographers@Large

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown and Mayor Elect London Breed join in tribute for Rev. Cecil Williams. Tech professionals and business leaders also recognized.

The San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce presents the Juneteenth 2018 Business Forum & Awards Dinner on Friday, June 22, 2018, which celebrates the achievements of local business and community people, while honoring the significance of Juneteenth. Juneteenth recognizes the end of slavery in the United States, initiated by the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the further emancipation of slaves across the former Confederacy.

This year’s event features a tribute to Rev. Cecil Williams, Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation of the legendary Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. As minister, author, social activist, lecturer, community leader and spokesperson for the poor and marginalized, Reverend Williams is respected and recognized as a national leader on the forefront of change and in the struggle for civil and human rights. The tribute includes special remarks by Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown and Mayor Elect London Breed.

The annual Juneteenth event, formerly a luncheon and changed this year to an Awards Dinner, is also enhanced with the addition of an afternoon Business Forum and Networking Session developed to help address the needs of small businesses, as well as the underserved African American community working towards increased participation in the burgeoning technology sector.


  • Wayne H. Perry, Cornerstone Concilium, Inc. – Trailblazer Award
  • David King, Airbnb – Corporate Diversity Leader of the Year Award
  • Rena Davis, Lyft – Diversity and Inclusion Manager of the Year Award
  • Scott Vowels, Apple – Supplier Diversity Manager of the Year Award
  • April Spears, Auntie April’s – Outstanding Small Business of the Year Award
  • Helen Kassa – Christian A. Ewing Next Gen Award
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