Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. applauds fellow African American attorney and CEO of Merck, Kenneth C. Frazier, in the aftermath of the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. His statement resounds with us: We “must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.” BWL stands with Mr. Frazier and all courageous individuals who reject divisive ideology that incites criminal violence and undermines the basic rights and freedoms of all Americans. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims of the brutal attack during the Charlottesville protests.
Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is dedicated to charitable, educational and community-based services. BWL was founded in 1975 after a small group of Los Angeles based African-American women judges and attorneys held a luncheon meeting to discuss the marked absence of an organization which addressed the needs and concerns of African-American women in the legal profession.
The dialogue and events that followed became the genesis of BWL. Over the years, BWL branched out and grew through its various community projects and committee activities. The first BWL scholarship luncheon was held in 1975 at the Medallion Restaurant. Since then, BWL has raised scholarship funds annually for second and third year law students through its annual fundraising efforts by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles Foundation.