Last month, KRA hosted a Black History Month Leadership Reception, sponsored by KRA funding partner, the Orange County Development Board, in partnership with the Orange County Black Chamber of Commerce. During the event, the 42nd stamp in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Black Heritage Series, honoring iconic dancer-actor Gregory Hines, (1946-2003), was unveiled.
The event, convened at the Orange County One-Stop Career Center in Irvine, attracted more than 80 attendees, including representatives from several public-sector entities, including the Irvine City Council, the Office of the Orange County Supervisor, the California State Assembly, and the US House of Representatives and Senate.
Doug Wooley, KRA Project Director, welcomed the attendees, and introduced KRA as the new workforce-services provider, stating, “We are committed to being a great partner and an even greater asset to the Orange County community, and we value the partnership that KRA has established with the OCBBC and congratulate the organization on its 35th anniversary!”
In 1940, on a 10-cent stamp, the USPS issued its first postage honoring an African American, the educator, author, orator, and advisor to several US Presidents, Booker T. Washington. Interestingly, the USPS will honor the great Motown singer, Marvin Gaye, on April 2, 2019, as part of its Music Icons Series, which also includes legendary singer, Sarah Vaughan.
Mr. Wooley concluded, “We are proud to have been part of this celebration, and look forward to actively participating in many more Orange County events throughout the years ahead.”