Cheers West Edition


School administrator Earl R. Perkins received a Youth Council Men of Valor Award from the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People June 20.

The assistant superintendent for school operations in Los Angeles Unified School District was recognized because of his contributions to black youth while being a positive role model, organizers said.

School officials say Perkins has worked for the district for nearly 40 years and was promoted in 2007 to his current position.

Ozie Gonzaque
Ozie Gonzaque

Longtime Watts resident Ozie B. Gonzaque received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Watts Cinema and Education Center (WCEC) during a fundraising gala June 13.

Gonzaque, the co-chair of the WCEC’s Advisory Council, has been an influential leader and volunteer activist in the Watts and greater Los Angeles community for more than 50 years, officials said.

Other honorees included actor and director Bill Duke and Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chiefs Tony and Ricky Lewis.

Jaspar 'Jay' Jackson
Jaspar ‘Jay’ Jackson


Compton resident Jasper “Jay” Jackson has received the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt 2015 Democratic Man of the Year Award.

Jackson, originally from the Southside of Chicago, has four children and two grandchildren. In 1988, he moved to Compton where he ran for the city’s treasurer seat in 2013.

He is a member of several organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, NAACP and the Democratic Party.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore. 

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