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Story and photos courtesy of Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D.

February 28, 2023 (San Diego) – Black History Month is a time tocelebrate and reflect on contributions that individuals of the African Diaspora have made throughout the world. This time also affords the opportunity to recognize some of the tremendous accomplishments marked through the many endeavors of Black Americans in U.S. history. Below is information about honorees chosen by Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. (CA-79) in celebration of Black History Month this year.

California Black Chamber of Commerce and California Legislative Black Caucus Annual Legislative Black Business Brunch Honoree: M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, Inc. 


M.A.N.D.A.T.E. is an acronym that stands for “Making A Necessary Difference At The End.” It was founded in 1995 by its President and CEO, Dr. Leonard Thompson III, and has grown to produce some of San Diego’s favorite annual events with internationally-known artists including The San Diego County Fair Gospel Fest, Jazz at the Creek Concert Series, and Bayside Gospel Concert Aboard the USS Midway. 


The California Legislative Black Unsung Hero Honoree of the 79th Assembly District: Alyce Pipkin-Allen, Oak Park resident


Born in Mississippi, Alyce came to San Diego with her military family. She has over 40 years of experience in nonprofit organizations and public agencies. After spending over 20 years as a human resources administrator with the County of San Diego, Alyce retired and redirected her energies into a number of community projects. She has co-founded several nonprofits, notably the Black Women's Institute of Leadership Development (BWILD), Black and African Women Rise (BAWR), Women Give San Diego (DEI Committee Co-founder), and 1619 National Celebration of Black Women. 


The 79th Assembly District Black History Month Community Leader Honoree: Carla Cudrup, Broadway Heights resident. 


Carla Crudup was born in North Carolina and raised in San Diego. She attended a Helix High School in La Mesa, California. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she studied Cognitive Psychology. Carla was raised in Broadway Heights, and her father was one of the two founding fathers of the Broadway Heights Community Council (BHCC). Carla is currently the Treasurer for the Broadway Heights Community Council and had been so for over 4 years. She worked closely with the late BHCC President on the groundbreaking and ribbon cutting ceremonies for the BHCC MLK Jr. Promenade.

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