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UCLA Beloved Community Awareness Week
features ICCC’s “Our Town LA” play reading,
C. Bernard Jackson Bridge Builder Awards​

UCLA’s 2022 Beloved Community Initiative Awareness Week began virtually on April 19 with its annual luncheon, at which the 2022 C. Bernard Jackson Bridge Builders Awards were presented to Nobuko Miyamoto, songwriter, dance & theater artist, author, and founder and artistic director of Great Leap, Inc., and UCLA alumnus and pioneering filmmaker Ben Caldwell, founder of KAOS Network in Leimert Park.  

The Beloved Community initiative (BCI) was launched in 2015 with a mission “to explore and advance The Beloved Community as a global vision for the 21st century.” The Beloved Community Initiative offers  immersive interdisciplinary multimedia experiences utilizing the legacy of Royce Hall and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 campus visit to examine contemporary and historical issues through film, broadcasts, panels and more to effect positive change -- locally, nationally and globally.  https://www.uclabelovedcommunityinitiative.org/about 

The first BCI  Awareness Week took place in April 2019. At the inaugural Beloved Community luncheon, the first BCI Bridge Builders Awards were presented to the distinguished engineer Shelby Jacobs ’56, a “hidden figure” of the U.S. Space Program who was project manager of the Apollo-Soyuz orbiter, and former Congresswoman and Ambassador Diane Watson ’56, the first Black member of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board and of the California State Senate. 

In 2020 the Bridge Builders Award winners were former California Assembly member The Honorable Shirley Weber (’70, M.A. ’71, Ph.D. ’75), now California’s first Black Secretary of State; and Reverend  Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder and director of Homeboy Industries, the world's largest gang-intervention and rehabilitation program, and former pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Los Angeles.

Prior to 2021 BCI Awareness Week, the Bridge Builders Award was renamed the C. Bernard Jackson Bridge Builders Award. 

The 2021 Awards were presented to the entrepreneur Mathabo Kunene, Executive Managing Trustee of the Mazisi Kunene Foundation Trust, Durban, South Africa, and Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Medicine & Public Health and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture. 

BCI Awareness Week and renaming the Bridge Builders Award for C. Bernard Jackson are two important steps in honoring and strengthening the bond between Los Angeles Inner City Cultural Center and the fertile ground at UCLA where ICCC’s “root system” originated. 

(For more information, click on UCLA Roots

Our partnership with UCLA / Beloved Community Initiative