LA Mayor Eric Garcetti And City Of Los Angles Honor Living Legend Dionne Warwick As Part Of African-American Heritage Month


The Honoarble Mayor Eric Garcetti, the LA City Council, Board of Public Works Commissioner President Pro Tempore, Mike Davis, and Our Authors Study Club honored the legendary, five-time Grammy winning recording artist Dionne Warwick with the City’s 2018 AAHM Living Legend Award. The event, a kick-off ceremony for African American Heritage Month—this year nationally themed: African Americans in Times of War was held Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Los Angeles City Hall Council Chambers and on the South Lawn.


“From the moment that humanity itself rose from the African continent, black history has unfolded as a powerful story of extraordinary achievement, triumph over adversity, and the unrelenting pursuit of equality and justice for all people,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “African American Heritage Month gives every Angeleno an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on a legacy that inspires people everywhere. Dionne Warwick represents extraordinary achievement, not only in her stellar career, but in what she has accomplished as a humanitarian.”


Dionne Warwick began singing professionally in 1961 after being discovered by the song-writing duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Her first hit, “Don’t Make Me Over,” came in 1962. Following that hit, Warwick amassed over 18 consecutive Top 100 singles, including “Walk on By,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart,” “Message to Michael,” “Promises Promises,” “A House is Not a Home,” “Alfie,” “Say a Little Prayer,” “This Girl’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Reach Out For Me,” and the theme from “Valley of the Dolls. Warwick and the songwriting twosome Burt Bacharach & Hal David enjoyed more than 30 hit singles together.


Warwick received her first GRAMMY® Award in 1968 for the well-known hit, “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and a second GRAMMY® in 1970 for the best-selling album, “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” Ms. Warwick enjoys the distinction of becoming the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the esteemed award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance, only presented to one other legendary great, Ella Fitzgerald.


In 2012, Dionne Warwick celebrated over 50 years in entertainment and was inducted into the GRAMMY® Museum in Los Angeles. She epitomizes American pop music and culture, all while having a heart for philanthropy. Some of her charitable causes include AIDS, The Starlight Foundation, children’s hospitals, world hunger, disaster relief and music education.


The morning program included the introduction of the City’s Department of Cultural Affair’s 2018 African American Heritage Month Calendar. The United States Postal Service and Ms. Warwick unveiled its LENA HORNE heritage stamp at the Opening Ceremony after a musical tribute to Warwick. The City Council program also featured the induction of three Hall of Fame recipients who have gained national acclaim in the fields of Law, Military, and Private Enterprise respectively.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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