The reception will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the San DiegoHistory Center, 1649 El Prado #3.
The distinguished honorees include:
• Common Ground Theatre – for implementing the vision of the late Rufus Dewitt and Dr. Robert Matthews to start a theater in 1963, has allowed San Diego to experience the stories and voices of the Black community for over 50 years. The importance of their efforts to produce works by and about people of African descent cannot be underscored.
• Starla Lewis – for her work in higher education, and various programs and initiatives developed with an appreciation for Black culture. Her multi-generational productions with her daughters continues to offer a unique way to educate people from all walks of life about the brilliance of African Americans culture.
• Dr. and Mrs. Robert L. Matthews – for establishment of the Common Ground Theatre with the late Rufus Dewitt, the Martin L. King Parade and Pageant, leadership and financial support of organizations such as the Jackie Robinson YMCA Board, RADY Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Common Ground Theatre, Jack and Jill, Tema Ghana Sister City, and the Elementary Institute of Science. San Diego has benefited greatly because of their unwavering commitment to the cultural life of our city.
This year we have included a special opportunity. Prior to the start of the reception, the San Diego History Center will host a scanning session at 4:30 p.m. where participants are invited to bring their own photographs and documents to be scanned for consideration in an upcoming exhibition reflecting the timeline of African American history in San Diego, as well as potentially added to the SDHC archival collections.