(FCN)—The Love Not Blood Campaign recently honored its 2020-2021 Unsung Heroes in a virtual ceremony. The non-profit campaign is led by Cephus “Uncle Bobby” X Johnson and “Aunt Bee” Beatrice X Johnson, a husband-and-wife team that assists those who have lost a loved one to police violence or community violence.
The awards ceremony was held Feb. 13 and recognized activists, entertainers, civil rights attorneys, families who have lost loved ones to violence, community organizers and those who work to better communities through service.
“We do this out of love and appreciation for all those who sacrifice for a cause bigger than themselves which is our children and our communities, and to secure a future rooted in freedom, justice, and equality for all. Everyone wants to be appreciated but oftentime those who do the tedious, strenuous and the most selfless work in the community are often not acknowledged,” said the couple.
“Uncle Bobby” is the uncle of Oscar Grant, who was shot to death on a BART Fruitvale Station platform by a transit officer, lying face down and hands in position to be handcuffed in 2009. The couple also worked on and built the Oscar Grant Foundation and then turned it over to Oscar’s mom, who is Uncle Bobby’s sister. Uncle Bobby and Aunt Bee are also members of the Nation of Islam.
The Love Not Blood Campaign includes advocacy, training, support and gatherings for the families, fathers, mothers, children, siblings and those who have suffered losses. The organization also calls for and works for legislative changes related to policing and violence and tells the stories of those who were lost and those who were left behind. Their family crisis intervention team embraces families and connects families with one another so they don’t have to feel alone.
Get more information about the organization’s work at www.lovenotbloodcampaign.com.
Below are the 2020-2021 Love Not Blood Unsung Heroes
Nation of Islam Awardees
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Chicago
Ishmael Muhammad, Chicago
Nation of Islam Executive Council, Chicago
Dr. Ava Muhammad, Chicago
Waliullah Muhammad, San Diego
Abdul Rashidullah Muhammad, San Francisco
Abdul Sabur Muhammad, Oakland, Calif.
Arifah Muhammad, Oakland, Calif.
Cyril Muhammad, Oakland, Calif.
Linda Mahammad, Oakland, Calif.
Families of Police Violence
Adam & Jeralynn Blueford, Oakland, Calif.
Scott & Taun Hall, Walnut Creek, Calif.
Jackie Lawrence, Phoenix
Fouzia Almarou, Los Angeles
Vickie McNeal, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Richard Perez, Richmond, Calif.
Wanda Johnson, Oakland, Calif.
Sequette Clark, Sacramento
Christina Vang, Sacramento
Dee Friday, Stockton, Calif.
Cheryl Cruz, Sacramento
Yolanda Reed-Banks, Sacramento
Hope Coleman, Boston
Shelia Banks, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Dominic Archibald, Washington, D.C.
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., New York
Kadiatou Diallo, New York
Marion Gray-Hopkins, Prince Georges County, Md.
Angelique Kearse, New York
Joshua Lope, New York
Rahima Rahim, Boston
Ashley & Michelle Monterrosa, Vallejo, Calif.
FU4J Leadership Collective
Families of Racial Violence
Yusef Salaam, Atlanta
Wanda Cooper, Atlanta
Ron Davis, Jacksonville, Fla.
Letifah Wilson, Oakland
Alicia Grayson, Oakland
Sybrina Fulton, Miami
Families of Community Violence
Calandrian Kemp, Houston
Dinyal New, Oakland, Calif.
Dr. Melina Abdullah, Los Angeles
Jt Faraji, East Palo Alto, Calif.
Savy Perkins, East Palo Alto, Calif.
Akubundu Amaza, San Jose, Calif.
Tre Murphy, Baltimore
Brock Satter, Boston
Djuan Wash, Waukegan, Ill.
Lateefah Simon, Oakland, Calif.
Cat Brooks, Oakland, Calif.
Alicia Garza, Oakland, Calif.
Patrisse Cullors, Los Angeles
Ben McBride, Oakland, Calif.
Shaun King, New York
Michael McBride, Oakland, Calif.
National Media Activists
Naba’a Muhammad, Chicago
Charlene Muhammad, Los Angeles
Danny Glover, Oakland, Calif.
Henry J Kim, Oakland, Calif.
Dread Scott, New York
Wayne Campbell, Oakland, Calif.
Jasiri X & Celeste Smith, Pittsburgh
Marcia Rigg, London
Kavena Hambira, Namibia
Senator Nancy Skinner, Berkeley, Calif.
California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber, San Diego
National Attorney Activists
Walter Riley, Oakland, Calif.
Charles Bonner, Sausalito, Calif.
Adante Pointer, Oakland, Calif.
John Burris, Oakland, Calif.
Benjamin Crump, Washington, D.C.
Lee Merritt, Philadelphia
State Activist Coalition
Ron Cherry, Phoenix
Sebone White, Phoenix
Tim Seay, Phoenix AZ
Therman & Dorrana Stewart Muhammad, Phoenix
Channel Powe, Phoenix
Michael Johnson, Phoenix
Mental Health Activists
Tony Jackson, Oakland, Calif.
Patricia Nunley, Oakland, Calif.
Michael Roosevelt, Oakland, Calif.