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The Washington’s education mission was to create a school in the inner city where young people can learn the art of dance, launch careers in dance, and use dance to motivate, educate, inspire, challenge and enrich the lives of young people so they can become successful, productive and competitive citizens. The Lula Washington Dance Theatre provides low cost and free dance classes to neighborhood children through an after-school program called “I Do Dance, Not Drugs!” Since the launch of the dance school, 45,000 inner-city students have experienced the magic of Lula Washington!

 

Lula has served as the choreographer on Hollywood movies such as Avatar and The Little Mermaid. Amongst her many awards, she received the Carter G. Woodson Civil Rights Award from the National Education Association for her “Reflections in Black” school performance program; and was the first woman to receive the Minerva Award from the State of California

 

Lula Washington makes dance about life, rather than about dance.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

 

 

Adopt-The-Arts Award

Dr. Phillip Hart & Tanya Hart

Trailblazer Award

2015 Torch Award Honorees

 

Phoebe Beasley

Presidential Award

 

Phoebe Beasley is an illustrious artist known for her use of oil, paper, fabric, wood, metal and found objects to express her vision of the human condition.  With a background as an artist, educator, civic activist and community volunteer, Ms. Beasley's stunning and memorable body of work dras upon all of her multi-faceted endeavors.

 

Her endeavors are multifaceted indeed.  In 2015 Ms. Beasley was appointed ot the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown.  Additionally, in 1989 Ms. Beasley was commissioned to create the official artwork for the inauguration of President Bush.  just four years later, Beasley was comissioned to create monoprints that President Clinton presented to each Ambassador of the Diplomatic Corps titled "Clinton Inaugural."  This gave Ms. Beasley the distinction of being the only artist to receive the Presidential Seal on two pieces.  

 

 

Avis K. Gibson

Humanitarian Award

Wife, mother, community leader, mentor, humanitarian! Avis is a native of Los Angeles. She has received many accolades for her community work including Citizen of the Year and the NAACP Prism award. Her commitment to the community began at a young age providing help for seniors. Avis said, “It was my pleasure to assist them. Their words of faith and courage molded me into the person I am.”

 

She has been a trusted partner to the Legacy Ladies organization since its inception. Serving officially as an Advisory Board Member for 11 years, Avis has provided profound guidance on membership selections; and serves as the Director of Operations for Legacy Ladies’ annual “Just for Girls” Conference, an event focused on empowerment and leadership for over 300 teen girls. She is a cherished mentor to the Torchettes in the Legacy Ladies’ School House to the White House Leadership program, and she is the Director of Logistics and Planning during the Leadership program’s annual Washington D.C. trip………….and the list goes on.  Avis one day looks forward to returning to her beloved city of Los Angeles to continue her work mentoring the elderly and young people in the foster care system.

Lady Patricia E. Gibson lives and breathes her life-long motto, “I will never let well enough alone, I will always try to make it better.” At a very early age, Lady Patricia learned the skills of risk taking and becoming a community and political activist, and a powerful businesswoman. She has selflessly served our community for over 40 years and has found great fulfillment in her memberships in multiple organizations. In each of these organizations she has held major leadership roles and in so doing infused each with her own unique style, innovations and creativity.

 

Her Legacy Ladies journey has been more than outstanding! She has held a Board position for 10 years; served as the Treasurer; the Chairperson of Adopt-A-Family; Chairperson multiple years for the Torch Awards and a member of all committees. She has traveled to Birmingham with the executive committee to identify the first Adopt-A-Family; and traveled to Washington, DC and Jacksonville, Florida to assist with one of the military Adopt-A-Families, the Fletcher family, to provide them housing and present 

them with a vehicle. She also journeyed to Haiti to give workshops to women and children who lived in tent cities after the earthquake.

 

For over 55 years Lady Patricia has been a devoted wife and business partner to her husband, Dr. Thomas Gibson. They have four successful children, Tony, Traci, Terri, Troy, five grandchildren, and two great 

Lady Patricia E. Gibson

Lifetime Membership Award

Lula Washington and her husband Erwin founded the award winning Lula Washington Dance Company in 1980 to provide a creative outlet for minority dance artists in the inner city. They have truly lived up to their mission of building a world class modern dance company that travels globally showcasing contemporary modern dance works that reflect African-American history and culture.

 

Lula grew up in Los Angeles and while in college was inspired by Alvin Ailey to make dancing her life. Her choreography mixes athleticism, performance art, acting, jazz, ballet and street dance styles to reflect the African-American experience.

 

Dr. Philip Hart is the CEO of Hart Realty Advisors, a real estate development &consulting firm based in Los Angeles.  Dr. Hart has over30 years’ experience in developing and managing complex real estate development projects ranging from serving as project manager for the West Angeles Cathedral in South Los Angeles to developing an urban business and industrial park in Roxbury, MA, which includes a biotechnology cluster to serving as a construction manager for the LAUSD's $20 billion new school construction and modernization program to rebuilding New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  Dr. Hart has been involved in the redevelopment of Hollywood over the past 20 years.   He is a founding member of the board of directors for the Friends of Hollywood Central Park, Inc., the group leading the efforts to build a38-acre park over the 101 freeway in Hollywood..  For over 25years, Dr. Hart was a leading faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Boston where the late Boston Mayor Thomas Menino was one of his students. And, for all his contributions to the City of 

In 1998, Ms. Beasley also collaborated with her friend, Dr. Maya Angelou, on an over-sized limited edition coffee table book comprised of poems by Langston Hughes titled “Sunrise is Coming After While.”  Ms. Beasley’s artwork has been included in numerous exhibitions in the United States and abroad.  her collage artwork was part of two major museum exhibitions, including a group show mounted by the Smithsonian Institution titled, “In the Spirit of Martin,” honoring the legacy of D. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Ms. Beasley fuels her need to give back, as an art instructor by helping students develop self-esteem through artwork.  Ms. Beasley also is a member of The Trusteeship (Southern California Chapter of International Women’s Forum.”

 

Beasley’s philosophy about her art is simple.  “To understand where you’re going you need to know where you’ve been.”

Tanya Hart is a veteran TV host/producer and radio personality. Currently she is the Host of “Hollywood Live with Tanya Hart,” a daily syndicated program on American Urban Radio Networks’ 300 stations. Her company produces the daily AURN prep sheet “Show Props” for those same radio stations. Tanya is also involved in creating content for AURN’s new media and online services. Tanya heads her own multi-media company based in Los Angeles, Tanya Hart Communications, Inc. The company provides media coaching for corporate and private clients in addition to producing television, film, radio and online content.  Tanya’s company worked with the Centers for Disease Control from2009 to 2011 creating national radio and video spots for the CDC’s HIV/AIDS “I Know” campaign.” In 2012 the company produced the national radio campaign for “Get Out The Vote” in association with the NAACP. In 2014 the company produced national radio spots for the NAACP "Readers are Leaders" literacy campaign. Tanya was entertainment correspondent on the KACE-FM morning show in Los Angeles. She served as correspondent on E! TV's “The Gossip Show” which was seen in 140 countries.  From 2012-2014 Tanya hosted "Diverse LA with Tanya Hart" on KTLK-AM, iHeartRadio. Mrs. Hart was responsible for setting up BET’s West Coast production operations in 1990.  While there Tanya served as host and senior producer of over 300episodes for BET's, “Live from LA with Tanya Hart.” Tanya has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Diversity in Media Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors, four Emmy awards and eight Emmy nominations. In addition she has received the prestigious Peabody and Ohio State Awards for her documentary films.

Boston, February 5, 2002 was declared "Philip S. Hart Day" in the Common wealth of Massachusetts.  Dr. Hart was named Diversity Executive of the Year in 2010 by Commercial Property Executive.  In 2011 Philip and Tanya Hart received the Diversity in Media Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors . Dr. Hart is also an award winning filmmaker and author. The films produced by Philip and Tanya Hart are in various catalogues, including PBS Home Video.  Dr. Philip Hart and his wife Tanya W Hart have been involved in the entertainment; urban development and community sector for over 30 years and continue to affect change each and every day, They are the proud parents of Avanna Hart-Winfrey and her family including son-in-law Daniel Winfrey and three grandchildren, Chloe, Lyssa, and Justyce.

Tanya Hart

Trailblazer Award

She says of young people, “They can and will do great things, if we train them and give them an opportunity.” She and her husband Keith have been married for over 30 years, and their pride and joy is their son, Xavier.

grandchildren.  Currently, Lady Patricia is taking a step back from her community organizations to spend time with family and their family business, as administrative director at Alameda Animal Hospital.  Her favorite pastime is attending the Lakers and Clippers games for which she is an avid fan and longtime season ticket holder.

them with a vehicle. She also journeyed to Haiti to give workshops to women and children who lived in tent cities after the earthquake.

 

For over 55 years Lady Patricia has been a devoted wife and business partner to her husband, Dr. Thomas Gibson. They have four successful children, Tony, Traci, Terri, Troy, five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

 

Currently, Lady Patricia is taking a step back from her community organizations to spend time with family and their family business, as administrative director at Alameda Animal Hospital.  Her favorite pastime is attending the Lakers and Clippers games for which she is an avid fan and longtime season ticket holder.

Lady Patricia E. Gibson lives and breathes her life-long motto, “I will never let well enough alone, I will always try to make it better.” At a very early age, Lady Patricia learned the skills of risk taking and becoming a community and political activist, and a powerful businesswoman. She has selflessly served our community for over 40 years and has found great fulfillment in her memberships in multiple organizations. In each of these organizations she has held major leadership roles and in so doing infused each with her own unique style, innovations and creativity.

 

Her Legacy Ladies journey has been more than outstanding! She has held a Board position for 10 years; served as the Treasurer; the Chairperson of Adopt-A-Family; Chairperson multiple years for the Torch Awards and a member of all committees. She has traveled to Birmingham with the executive committee to identify the first Adopt-A-Family; and traveled to Washington, DC and Jacksonville, Florida to assist with one of the military Adopt-A-Families, the Fletcher family, to provide them housing and present

Tamica Washington-Miller

Teacher of the Year Award