The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce and Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce have been presenting the Black History Celebration for two decades; honoring the contributions of the many African Americans who space our nation’s past, present, and future.


We come together annually to recognize the contributions of African Americans who have made a difference on the world stage as well as those that have changed lives in our local community. This year is no exception as we celebrate the many achievements of those being honored at this event.


Below is the list of 2017 Honorees followed by links to their detailed bios and impressive accomplishments:


Chester Pitts II | Professional Spirit Award | About Chester Pitts II:

The Emotions | Legacy Award | About The Emotions:

Asia Watkins| Inspirational Spirit Award | Asia Watkins is the Multicultural Affairs Student Program Coordinator at CSUDH

Dr. Willie Hagan | Leadership & Community Commitment Award | About Dr. Hagan:

Valerie Brisco-Hooks | Legacy Award | About Valerie Brisco-Hooks:

Areva Martin | Business Leadership Award | About Areva Martin:


The 2017 Black History Celebration will be hosted at the Torrance Marriott Redondo Beach on Friday, February 24th.For complete event details, and to reserve tickets, please Click Here.


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