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Ladies In Red (LIR) is no stranger to “The Color Purple.” The LIR philanthropic organization was one of the first from the Bay Area to attend the original play on Broadway in New York. They were also the first group from the Bay Area to attend the play when it opened in Chicago. Since its movie premier on Christmas Day, representatives from LIR’s membership went ‘Purple’ again and attended a 9:30 a.m. showing of the reimagined adaptation of the play, followed by a fish fry luncheon in American Canyon in southern Napa County.

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Deidre Avent, Pamm Baker, Cynethia Bell, Clarice Bradley, Genina Bradley, Michele Brown, Ivory Butler, Jacqueline Campbell, Jade Candelara, Sherron Conway, Rita Cotton, Shelia Daigle-Beaird, Renee Daniel, Yolunda Figg, Alice Fletcher, Linda Garrett, Tracye Gilmer, Bessie Graham, Chauncey Green, Donna Gregory, Phyllistean Hamilton, Shirley Harris, Janis Hartman, Mary Henderson, Billie Hill, Pamela Hill, Janet Hubbard, Debbie Johnson, Shirley Jones, Sadie Kiel, Ernestine King, Lorene King, Brenda Knight/Founder, Clitdell Long, Muriel Martin, Judy McClellan, Jeanie Nelson, Michaela Overall, Rethia Overall, Anne Parker-Shaw, Georgia Payton, Peggy Payton, Sheila Walton-Richardson, Debra Sanders, Macie Shepherd, Dora Smith, Sunday Smith, Diane Terry, Carolyn Tervalon, Fannie Toomer, Tamela Vann, Nora Walston, Jacqueline Washington, Lagetta Wayne, Ineva Williams, Patricia Williams, and Dwanna Wright. (Not pictured: Frances Cohen, Margie Daigle, Diane Davis, Virginia Johnson, Rosalia Lawson, Anna Mapp, Gloria Oliver, Sherry Prewitt, and Jo D Wright)
Deidre Avent, Pamm Baker, Cynethia Bell, Clarice Bradley, Genina Bradley, Michele Brown, Ivory Butler, Jacqueline Campbell, Jade Candelara, Sherron Conway, Rita Cotton, Shelia Daigle-Beaird, Renee Daniel, Yolunda Figg, Alice Fletcher, Linda Garrett, Tracye Gilmer, Bessie Graham, Chauncey Green, Donna Gregory, Phyllistean Hamilton, Shirley Harris, Janis Hartman, Mary Henderson, Billie Hill, Pamela Hill, Janet Hubbard, Debbie Johnson, Shirley Jones, Sadie Kiel, Ernestine King, Lorene King, Brenda Knight/Founder, Clitdell Long, Muriel Martin, Judy McClellan, Jeanie Nelson, Michaela Overall, Rethia Overall, Anne Parker-Shaw, Georgia Payton, Peggy Payton, Sheila Walton-Richardson, Debra Sanders, Macie Shepherd, Dora Smith, Sunday Smith, Diane Terry, Carolyn Tervalon, Fannie Toomer, Tamela Vann, Nora Walston, Jacqueline Washington, Lagetta Wayne, Ineva Williams, Patricia Williams, and Dwanna Wright. (Not pictured: Frances Cohen, Margie Daigle, Diane Davis, Virginia Johnson, Rosalia Lawson, Anna Mapp, Gloria Oliver, Sherry Prewitt, and Jo D Wright)

By Clifford L. Williams 

Ladies In Red (LIR) is no stranger to “The Color Purple.”

The LIR philanthropic organization was one of the first from the Bay Area to attend the original play on Broadway in New York. They were also the first group from the Bay Area to attend the play when it opened in Chicago.

Since its movie premier on Christmas Day, representatives from LIR’s membership went ‘Purple’ again and attended a 9:30 a.m. showing of the reimagined adaptation of the play, followed by a fish fry luncheon in American Canyon in southern Napa County.

Ladies In Red is a Women’s Empowerment Group banning together to support one another and finding strength in sisterhood. The group’s 500+ membership includes retired women, women who have lost loved ones, cancer survivors, and women who are currently caregivers. Together they are living and loving life.

LIR regularly travel together to see and tour America’s history which includes the African American culture, and contributions throughout the United States. “With all that is going on in politics, and our battle with COVID, it was a good day for the Ladies to come together for self-care,” said Ms. Knight. “Sisterhood is self-care. This is the best time ever to rejuvenate and re-energize our spirit.”

Brenda Knight, founder of LIR, noted that the organization, throughout their travels is no stranger to making history and making contributions to the community. “Education is a lifelong experience,” said Knight. “As we age, we may need the assistance of a cane, walker, wheelchair, or scooter, but it is important to keep moving, and keep learning.”

As a ‘mover and shaker’ in her own right, Knight has served on the Peralta Community College Board of Trustees, the Napa Valley Board of Trustees, the California Community College Board of Trustees, and the Association of Community College Board of Trustees.

Ms. Knight made history when she became the first African American woman to be elected as Chairman of the Board for the Association of Community Colleges nationwide.

The leap year of 2024 will bring a year’s full of activities for the group with South Carolina being the main educational destination. There will also be the 28th Annual Women’s Empowerment Luncheon; the 8th Annual Mother’s Day Gospel Brunch; Broadway Plays in New York, and support to various community activities throughout the year.

For more information on the Ladies in Red, contact Ms. Knight at bkladiesinred@yahoo.com, or call 702.319.4773.

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Oakland Post: Week of February 14 – 20, 2024

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PRESS ROOM: Oakland Pic Hosts New Year’s Career & Resource Expo 

OPIC CEO Pastor Raymond Lankford expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating: “This Career Fair is not merely a gathering of employers and prospective employees; it’s a platform for opportunity, growth, and community collaboration. We are thrilled to bridge the gap between Oakland’s talented residents and the employers who recognize their potential. Together, we are building a stronger Oakland.” 

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Connecting Employers and Talent in Oakland and Beyond 

OAKLAND, CA – Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc., is hosting the New Year’s Career & resource Expo on Thursday, February 8, 2024, at 12 noon at the Oakland Coliseum – Eastside Club – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA 94621.

This exciting event brings together over 70 employers, all seeking to hire Oakland residents with various skill levels to fill a wide range of employment opportunities. Additionally, a collaborative of resource agencies will be in attendance, providing further assistance to job seekers.

OPIC CEO Pastor Raymond Lankford expressed his enthusiasm for the event, stating: “This Career Fair is not merely a gathering of employers and prospective employees; it’s a platform for opportunity, growth, and community collaboration. We are thrilled to bridge the gap between Oakland’s talented residents and the employers who recognize their potential. Together, we are building a stronger Oakland.”

For more information or to request media access, please contact Yawo Tekpa at yawot@oaklandpic.org.

OAKLAND PIC HOSTS NEW YEAR’S CAREER & RESOURCE EXPO 

  • Who:             All job seekers, with all ages and experiences welcome
  • What:              Connecting Employers and Talent in the Community
  • When: Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 12 noon
  • Where: Oakland Coliseum – Eastside Club – 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland CA 94621.

OPIC INVITES YOUR ORGANIZATION TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR UPCOMING NEW YEAR’S CAREER & RESOURCE EXPO!!!

Dear Esteemed Employer & Community Organization Partner,

Oakland Private Industry Council, Inc. (OPIC) is excited to wish you a warm welcome into 2024! A new year, a new HOPE!!!

We enthusiastically invite your organization to participate in our NEW YEAR CAREER & RESOURCE EXPO at the OAKLAND COLISEUM!!!

DATE: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2024

TIME: 12:00 NOON – 3:00 P.M.

LOCATION: OAKLAND COLISEUM – EAST SIDE CLUB

ADDRESS: 7000 COLISEUM WAY, OAKLAND CA 94621

Participating Employer & and Community Resource Partners will receive one six-foot table and two (2) chairs for this event. Additional information, including event details and logistics, will be forwarded after you sign-up.

Please confirm your attendance by completing the online registration link below by JANUARY 31, 2024 at the latest.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1bfv0LXBexc26AeE_cosSoQrpYrx2HXOIwn1bG47chwU/edit

Thanks to our invaluable network and partnership, we are giving HOPE to many community members through quality employment opportunities and supportive resources.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Yawo Tekpa, Assistant One-Stop Operator/Events Coordinator, at (510) 419-0392 office/ (510) 499-6657 cell.

Sincerely,

Raymond Lankford                Yawo S. Tekpa,

CEO                           Assistant One-Stop Operator/Events Coordinator

raymondl@oaklandpic.org                   yawot@oaklandpic.org

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