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cohen for allowing us to be a part of that great event last night. i'm looking forward to next year and the year after that. that was amazing. i'm just grateful to be able to be in the position to give back to the community i grew up in. and to be acknowledged for it is just the use on the cake. i-love it. i really believe in nobody gave me the opportunity when i was young, i wouldn't be able to do it and it's my duty to help the generations going on and on. next, they will be the new program director and director when we're done and running this show if they got time because they do a lot of other stuff, too. they'll figure it out. i'm just grateful to beage acknowledged for something we really have a passion for. is thank you. [applause]
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>> okay. back to my official duties. supervisor wiener. >> thank you madam president. colleagues, today, i have the privilege of recognizing the amazing denise brier as my honorry for black history month. come on up. [applause] >> so i think many of us have
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known for many, many years in the community but maybe don't know the back story on this pretty terrific one. she is the youngest of four children born in sacramento. she attended the university of pacific and stock on the and she came to us in the bay area where she's lived for the last 20 years and has two daughters, age 22 and 26. bebeis a multi facetted entertainer. she's been an entertainer for about a decade now. i've seen her many, many times and it never gets old. she has hosted and promoted over hundreds of night life events really participating in a deep way in the night life community, in particular the lg b t night life community in san
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francisco. i know we're all working very hard to make sure the night life survives and tliefs in this community. a song that addresses the freedom that we all should be who we are without conformity. she has performed on various stages across the u.s where she performed with diana rate of speed. she paid tribute to diana ross in her one woman's show with love. in all of with love as well as opposing h i v/aids stigma, a recent example is when she joined the health lead of san francisco drag
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queens for the my name is facebook policy for that work. thank you. i want to recognize someone else who is here as well who played a key role. she believes our strength is dependent upon the development of our youth. i know you do an enormous amount of work in making sure our lg b t opportunity is a part of our community. she's a part of the organization in san francisco which has celebrated 50 years in the san francisco. she held the title of ms. gay of 2008 in san francisco. she has been recognized and honored by the california state senate by bra virginia theatre and by s f
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pride with the community grand marshall two years ago. we had the highlight of honoring the mutual investor in bravo theatre which was a lot of fun. last october, she did the honor of serving as a celebrity judge with our great pumpkin carving with the kids and in the end, she declared all the kids were winners in her normal gracious way. i will say bebe, the lg b t community is an accomplished community is can be very tense sometimes. i will say the one thing among others that really sticks out in my mind about you, all of the things i know about you and i've seen you interact with people, i've never seen you be anything but absolutely nice and gracious
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and professional. even when you're fighting like crazy for something that is so important, you always do it in the absolute, most gracious way and you are a treasure in our community and we love you. so congratulations. thank you. [applause] >> okay. thank you sfrfrz wiener and to madam president and members of the board, thank you very much for this honor. i'm going to keep this very short cause i'm sure there's matters in the castro that i need to attend to. but this is something that's very important to me because i think on this particular day and for this particular honor for the black history month, i probably represent a different face than what you may have been used to seeing standing here receiving such an honor. and i think that goes to the city of san francisco as a whole, the diversity that's here in the
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city. and moving here to years ago i was a different person. the city allowed me to walk in my truth so to speak and for me to be the me i've become. and it's this person that i've become that has been able to give back to the community and hopefully an spoonerity circuit to the community as a whole. this is totally unexpected. i believe i do what i do because it needs to be done. it's plain and simple. and somebody has to do it and therefore, i'm going to do that. and you never expect to be honored for something that with question is something within your soul that you feel you need to do. but thank you again, scott, for giving me this honor. and thank you again for all of you, supervisor campos for also being there and asking me to participate in things in his district for things he thought i could be helpful with also.
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supervisor cohen has had me in bay view point as well. thank you for recognizing me and the diversity in the gay community and again, i thank you for that. [applause] >> the paparazzi are here. congratulations. thank you. all right. so at this time, i will recognize supervisor yee from district seven. >> thank you president breed. and also congratulations to all the honorries today. today when we had discussed this in
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my office of who we would like to honor and the focus for us was who in the community has really impacted the community. and quite a few names popped up. but there were two that floated to the top. and so if you would let me indulge, i will be honoring two people. one of them will be honoring mrs. adams was part of it. i'm just going to read a quick statement. so colleagues, my first honory today is to remember and celebrate the wonderful lady dorthy adams. i know you have heard this story before but it's important for my office to tell this story to a broader audience because of what she did in the community. she passed away in january. dorothy and her husband are in this -- they had
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to break into their own home. there was discretion against black home owners. so you wonder what's the impact here. i'll tell you later. but dorothy was never a timid woman. she had already broken one barrier. she was also a model for macy's, she was a dancer, in the san francisco world magazine and the san francisco black police officer. dorothy and her husband found the perfect home for her and her two children. when they found their dream home, they got the loan required and purchased. but when the seller realized that she had sold her house to a black family, she
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wouldn't give up the key. so after months, after about six months of trying to work with the seller to give her the key to her own home, they finally had to go in. they did it at had night and broke in. on the second night, the doorbell rang and it was their neighbors welcoming them to the neighborhood. so not everybody was like the seller. dorothy inaugurated a five family dinner every two months for decades. what was important for us was to realize her courage and persistence assured her neighborhood, my neighborhood where i lived was not going to be segregated and it's the vibrant wonderful neighborhood that it is today. so thank you for letting me do this. my second honorry and actually,
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both of these names came up so we're doing both. my second lady is mrs. hamilton. please come up. [applause] >> she is a tireless woman at the engle side community center and church on ocean avenue. for 16 years, not one year, 2 years, but 16 years, she has worked tirelessly every day to help the center through the programs the city provides. and things like the food pantry. by the way, the food pantry is, i think, the biggest in our district serving several hundred people every week.
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>> it was 72 percent and while the numbers have dwenled the african community is still numerous
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in lake view and those who serve the community very well and serving young and serving seniors at the it book man center and so this year, the lake view hall of fame will be taking place on june 16th and it is a friday night, and usually at the espanol, and it is always a really great lively event and we have had over the years, great mc, like tyler and renela from the giants and we hope to have a strong event this year as well but i just want to say thank you for helping to make the history relevant, today, and for a really show casing the tremendous contributions of the african american community and in the bay area as well and the community does extend to and i want to thank you for your work, and we have selected the lake view hall of fame to be the recipients of black history month, come menation today,
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and about a month ago and it was last week that we heard that karl barns father died and i have a new memorial as well and it is really dig, that we honor his father, aaron oliver barns and he has had tremendous contribution to san francisco as a police officer and someone who had been part of the migration from i believe, east texas and warton county, texas to san francisco and he came here in 1949. and worked very hard over about ten years, to actually buy a home, in the lake view, neighborhood, and in 1959 but he had experience with his family, that discrimination that african americans faced in san francisco, and was able to turn that around and really through a lot of organizing and work, to make sure that the experience of african americans could be something that would be respected much more in the
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city. and he served on the san francisco police department, and he joined the police academy in 1964 and served for 24 years, until his retirement from the police department, his beat was in china town. and he actually is early years he was one of the first african american police officers in san francisco. and unfortunately, in the 1960s, at that time because there was so few african american police officers, he faced a tremendous amount of discrimination. and he and his wife willie jean barns they actually spent a lot of time in the civil rights movement in san francisco and they marched with the naacp and they brought lawsuits to bare to make sure that he would actually have better conditions, at that time, in the police department, and he was able to win those better conditions, through his organizing and his alliances and work with naacp and other organizations in san
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francisco. and he has run and he has raised 6 children in san francisco. and he is actually spent a great deal of time to make sure that he could provide for his children, and he gave them a wonderful experience growing up to show casing the wonderful, beautiful yosimite park and the wilderness around here and like to go camping together and made sure that they have a real strong education and karl barns is here and is a member of the fire department still, retired member of the fire department, and he is actually was able to contribute his services well to san francisco saving many, many lives, but he has always been part of really making sure that the lake view could meet the needs of the african american community in san francisco and because we have a new memorial for his father and because his father has a tremendous impact on san francisco police department,
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we have him to have a say a few words to him, there was talked about having the color guard, but he we have the commander, okay, thank you but for being here, commander is here because he wanted to recognize, mr. aaron oliver barns as a contribution of a police officer over the years and i have to leave the mic up to karl or gil to say a few words to us about the lake view hall of fame or karl barn's father. >> thank you supervisor avalos. i am very pleased and surprised that i am here, and black history month and i am here because i believe in the work of karl barns and his father aaron barns senior who we miss now. and i had no idea that i would be receiving some
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tribute or acknowledgment. but i am pleased and i thank you i thank the supervisor breed and cohen and supervisor weiner even said that he is going to come to our senior program at the it book man community center and i appreciate that. and i have been in san francisco for not that long maybe since 59. and served in the engleside area for about 20 years total. and it is the best job and i am still working and i should be retired by now and i think that it might be pretty soon thank you very much. [ applause ] i want to thank supervisor avalos and he is a strong supporter of the community and i thought very highly of
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him and i would like to thank the pilgrim members and i have my brother alan and my sister, could you stand up and come on up here. >> and just real quickly, if there is one thing that i would like to say about my father, is love. you know, you know, if that is the only word that i could say, you know my father was someone who cared for all of us, my mother you know passed away seven months ago and he did not last much longer because it was all about love, it was, they were, tied together. and but i am so thankful that he got a chance to be and i know that he is watching and i know that my mother is watching and we got a chance to honor him today. and that is all, thank you.
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>> i passed around the memorial from the service and you will see there touching photos of what a close knit family that mr. barns was able to create and his sons are here and other family members are watching right now and i just want to say my condolences your parents were married together for 62 years. and that is quite a time and what they have achieved in terms of creating a loving family is a sight to behold. [ applause ]
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>> thank you again and congratulations and if you have not been to the lake view hall of fame dinner, it is definitely fun. it is a great time, great stories, great people. and it brings a lot of people together and supports a great cause. so thanks the food is great, supervisor co-hen the food is great and now i am going to recognize supervisor campos. >> thank you very much. madam president, and wow what an incredible group of people that we are recognizing today. and keeping with that, i would like to call upon the amazing recardo nubal who is my honoree for district nine and i don't know if your husband is still here. right there. >> okay, so he is taking pictures, so i want to make sure that we acknowledge him. and i know that we have a
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number of people who are here from the community including, to honor ricardo but it is my great pleasure today to honor ricardo nubal for district nine for black history month, i like saying that. he has lived, worked and devoted his entire life to the mission district for more than 25 years. for the -- you started out when you were young and i don't want to age you there. >> for the past ten years, he has served as the drop-in services manager for the mission neighborhood, research center and in that role he has assisted thousands of people who are impacted by homelessness and he just joined the center in 2002 as a peer advocate and a case manager and was quickly promoted for the tremendous leadership to one of the most popular and well regarded
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homeless resource centers in the city and actually the only resource center in the mission, his work reflects these values that he holds and he works to help the most marginalized in the community, whether it is immigrants, african americans, members of the lgbt community, transgender, women, homeless people and people living with hiv and aids, ricardo continues to prioritize addressing their needs. prior to his ten-year at mnrc, he worked for ten years as a patient navigater for (inaudible) which supports immigrants living with hiv aids through illness, death and recovery. he is also one of the co-founders of (inaudible) [ speaking in a foreign language ] which is one of the largest held hiv prevention support groups for bay and bi latinos in san francisco and an organization that has helped
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so many over the years. ricardo is an impressive individual and he holds a bachelor degree in educational psychology and is a priest of the afro (inaudible) tradition. born in columbia he came to san francisco 25 years ago because he wanted to commit his life to community service and to community work without being labeled a communist and without putting his life at risk. this unfortunately was something that was pretty common in columbia in those years. also, as i black, gay man, he encountered severe discrimination, in columbia that threatened his life and i think that it is important to really highlight the very important role that black men and women have played in latino countries and history and culture. coming to san francisco, also, enables


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