Danny Bakewell Sr.

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Danny J. Bakewell, Sr. is the chairman of Bakewell Media, with media holdings that include WBOK Radio in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Los Angeles Sentinel and the L.A. Watts Times newspapers. As executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel, the oldest and largest Black-owned newspaper on the West Coast and nation’s Number One Black Newspaper, in 2009 Bakewell was elected chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association. He has since been named chairman emeritus of the prestigious association, which consists of over 200 Black newspapers throughout the country.

Through the Los Angeles Sentinel, Bakewell created “Taste of Soul,” which in its 11 year is considered one of the largest street family festivals in Los Angeles. Bakewell and his wife, Aline Bakewell, Esq. (a CSUDH alumna), founded the Sabriya’s Castle of Fun Foundation in memory of their youngest daughter who lost her life to leukemia. The Foundation has established hospital programs throughout the country to assist children with life-threatening illnesses.

As chairman of The Bakewell Company, one of the largest African American-owned development companies in the country, Bakewell has led multi-million-dollar revitalization efforts in the cities of Los Angeles, Compton, Pasadena, Seaside, and other California communities. As a developer, Bakewell has breathed economic life into communities when few had the vision, tenacity, or belief in these areas or the residents that lived there.

Bakewell is a long-time advocate of civil rights and social justice, beginning with his move to Los Angeles in the late 1960s. He is a founding member, current board chairman and former president and chief executive officer of The Brotherhood Crusade, a Los Angeles-based civil rights and community development organization. In his 35 years leading the organization, the Brotherhood Crusade grew to become one of the largest non-profit organizations in Southern California. It annually distributes over $65 million in grants and technical support to small local non-profits in the African American community of South Los Angeles.

Bakewell is a three-time NAACP Image Award winner and a Southern Christian Leadership Martin Luther King, Jr Award recipient. He has been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame, and has received numerous awards, including JFK Profiles in Courage Award by the Democratic Party, the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Adam Clayton Powell Award, and the Roy Wilkins Award. In 2015, California State University, Dominguez Hills awarded Mr. Bakewell its Community Builder Award for his exemplary citizenship and contributions that have greatly impacted the region.

Bakewell is receiving a CSU honorary degree and is serving as the keynote speaker for the 2017 College of Business Administration and Public Policy and College of Health, Human Services and Nursing commencement ceremony, Friday, May 19, 9 a.m.