The Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce recognized six students from local high schools for ‘Resilience in Education’ and Alex Holt and Sheldon Brackett for ‘Resilience in Community’.

By: Jonisha Miller

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

Latrice McGlothin, Executive Director for Kinecta Community Foundation and master of ceremonies stated “The evening was an engaging and encouraging gathering of people from various professions, schools, backgrounds, families, and civil service members, meeting together to inspire and be inspired through stories of resilience. We don’t often hear of the heroic, heart-driven, courageous and brilliance of community leaders and students of color in the news.”

Chamber members 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 was no exception, as we celebrated the many achievements of students and individuals in the Torrance area. “Events like these are paramount to showcase the positive steps being taken to disrupt the status quo, demonstrate love for one another, and secure a better tomorrow” stated McGlothin.

Below is the list of honorees:

Resilience in Education

·         Christopher Starr from Torrance High School

·         Inaya Yusuf from North High School

·         Sekani Lewis from Ambassador Christian School

·         Julia Downing from West High School

·         Lah’la Roberts from Shery High School

·         Olamide Talabi from South High School

Resilience in Community

·         Sheldon Brackett from Counseling4Kids

·         Alex Holt from Torrance Refining Company

Thank you to the sponsors for making this event possible. Presenting Sponsor, Kinecta Federal Credit Union; Distinguished Sponsor, Torrance Refining Company; and Supporting Sponsors, American Honda Motor Company, Inc. and Dignity Health Sports Park.

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