Jeanie and Weldon Rucker were awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fifth Annual Berkeley Community Breakfast Honoring the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. To mention only a few public positions…Jeanie Rucker served on the Library Board and as a Director of the Berkeley Unified School District. Weldon Rucker worked for the City of Berkeley running programs for at risk young people and ultimately serving twice as Berkeley City Manager. The Ruckers are also members of our League. Jeanie Rucker was one of the many Berkeley women elected officials honored at our Celebration of Berkeley Elected Women in 2012 as part of our 2011-12 series of events for the Centennial of women getting the vote in California and the 100th birthday of our League–founded as the Berkeley Civic League in 2011. Above, Jeanie and Weldon Rucker at the Elected Women event.
A tribute to past civic leaders Frank and Louise Brown, now deceased, was also part of the Breakfast festivities. During the morning, many past African-American civic leaders were mentioned, including local civil rights hero and radio commentator Tarea Hall Pittman. The League was part of an ultimately successful coalition last year to rename the South Berkeley Library in her honor. Jeanie Rucker strongly supported this effort.
The League was among the non-profit organizational sponsors. Eleven League members squeezed around the League’s official table, with many others scattered through the packed banquet room at Hs Lordships restaurant. In photos at left and below: Micaela Vargas, longtime League volunteer with her aunt Phyllis Gale, and new League Membership Chair Adena Ishii.
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