100 Men of Color—What A Classy Affair!
—-By Frederick A. Hurst—-
I must admit, the only reason I attended the second annual “One Hundred Men of Color Black Tie Gala” on October 3rd at the Bushnell in Hartford, Connecticut was because my son, Springfield City Councilor Justin Hurst, was one of the 100 honorees.
I normally do my best to avoid such events because too often they are too political, lack real substance and, worst of all, give a back seat to merit. But I was obligated to attend. And am I glad I did because it was such a spectacular event.
It was well organized, well attended, dignified and the 100 honorees, to a person, were deserving of the recognition which they each received individually―on their merits―from Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, as they walked onto the stage after the honorees had mingled for an hour in formal dress for refreshments and drinks.
There was entertainment and speakers, including Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and David Ushery, co-anchor for the weekend edition of News 4 in New York and the host of “The Debrief with David Ushery,” and more. And the auditorium was full of dignitaries and professionals from Connecticut and Massachusetts who are not often seen together in one place in this region.
Kudos to June Archer, President & CEO of “Eleven28 Entertainment” for his good work and to Tony Pettaway for helping to bring Springfield into the fold. Trust me. The “One Hundred Men of Color Black Tie Gala” was something to behold and will only get better as the years go by. And Point of View will be around to document it.
● Ronn Johnson, President & CEO Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services
● John C. Williams, Jr., Founder We Got Game Youth Basketball Clinic