On Saturday, August 20, I attended Equality California (EQCA)  2005 Awards & Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Among the honorees were Dr. Amos Brown, who accepted EQCA’s 2005 Gavin Newsom Visionary Award on behalf of the California State Conference of the NAACP for endorsing marriage equality by supporting the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act.  The California Chapter became the first in NAACP history to  openly and officially support such legislation.
The award is named after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom who made history last year when he issued marriaged licenses to same-sex couples. 
Brown said he felt compelled to support marriage equality legislation because he believes in freedom for all since his days as a young activist during the Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s.  No one, he said, deserves to be discriminated against for any reason.
(Pictured Dr. Amos Brown and Attilah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s Daughter; Credit: Pat Munson)