The Torrance Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAAC), at their 17th Annual Black History Celebration, honored Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Eddie Levert, Sr. on February 28, 2014. Eddie was recognized with a Special Recognition Award for his distinguished career as one of the greatest entertainers in history.
With his wife Racquel, daughter Ryan, son Eddie Levert Jr., and grandson LeMicah Levert looking on, Eddie graciously accepted his honor with pride, humility, and graciousness. He thanked those responsible for including him amongst a notable group of fellow honorees that included Los Angeles Dodger great Maury Wills, Los Angeles District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, Community Advocate, Sweet Alice Harris, and AYSO Executive Director, Kim Roberts Hedgpeth.
Eddie gave a heartfelt speech that focused on family and the importance of the role of the father saying, “Mothers are nurturers, always there, and taking care of the family while the Father’s role is that of the disciplinarian a role that should be embraced wholeheartedly. Fathers should make it a priority to be present for their children and their family while providing a firm hand and guiding their children into adulthood, making sure they are prepared to succeed in their chosen careers and raise families of their own.”