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Eric Chambers MLK 2024
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*(Yorba Linda, CA) – The Tubman Till Foundation will present The First Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harvest of The Dream Celebration on Monday, January 15, 2024, at 6pm at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, located at 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886. Tickets ($125), sponsorships, souvenir magazine ads, and a GoFundMe campaign info are posted on TubmanTillFoundation.org.

Dr. Eric J. Chambers, the foundation’s founder and president, is the visionary behind this event. The purpose of this black-tie gala is to honor Dr. King’s life, legacy, and dream,” he said. Proceeds will go towards the development of the Tubman Till Museum and Media Center, which will tell the stories of heroes and sheroes, past and present, including Harriet Tubman, Emmett Louis Till, and Mrs. Mamie Till Mobley, who was Dr. Chambers’ surrogate grandmother. “I loved Mrs. Mobley and I’m still in awe that I spoke at her funeral. It was my greatest professional honor,” he exclaimed. “She was her mother’s only child, and Emmett was her only child. This is my way of making sure the world never forgets them. She was a brave woman and vital to the Civil Rights movement.”

The event will bridge the ethnic gap between residents of Southern California. Various awards will be presented to such icons as Dawnn Lewis (“Jaleesa” from A Different World), Willard Pugh (“Harpo” from The Original Color Purple), Ernest Lee Thomas (“Raj” from What’s Happening), and Ernest Harden, Jr. (“Marcus” from The Jeffersons). In addition, other honorees include Tammy Tumbling, the COO of the Orange County Community Foundation, Dr. E. Lance McCarthy, a global economist, and Dr. Lee Bailey of EURweb and RadioScope fame. Musical guests include Shantel Hampton, the granddaughter of the late great soul singer Sam Cooke, and Betty C. Reynolds, a 92-year music teacher who wrote a tribute to Dr. King the year he died. She will be accompanied on violin by her son, Mark Cargill, the music director for pop star Lady Gaga.

“What you are trying to do is earth-shaking,” said Frank Jordan, an original producer of the Los Angeles Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. “We need more people like you who’s willing to stand out and make a huge impact in the community,” he told Dr. Chambers on a phone call from San Diego. “I’m just one man who’s trying to matter,” Dr. Chambers replied.

He created the Tubman Till Foundation to build and develop the Tubman Till Museum in North Orange County. He has a vast collection of photos, and radio and TV interviews with Mrs. Mobley and decided that rather than donate these sacred memories to a school, instead, open a museum in honor of her, Emmett, Harriet Tubman, and others who have made tremendous impacts in history including Dr. King.

Mamie Till Mobley & Dr. Eric Chambers / via Dr. Eric Chambers
Mamie Till Mobley & Dr. Eric Chambers / via Dr. Eric Chambers

You can see the virtual vision at TubmanTillMuseum.org. The plan is to raise at least $20 million within the first five years to build or buy a building for the museum in North Orange County. He plans to open a temporary gallery in Placentia, CA. in 2024 until the major project is completed. The Navy veteran and Orange County resident will release his upcoming documentary, Mrs. Mamie and Me in November 2024.

Sponsorships, tickets, and souvenir magazine ads are still available. Tickets are $125 before December 27, 2023, and $150 afterward.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Dr. Eric J. Chambers is a historian, red-carpet radio/TV host, producer, and documentary filmmaker. He has interviewed such notables as Beyonce´, Morgan Freeman, Harrison Ford, Jill Scott, Magic Johnson, Arsenio Hall, Mark Wahlberg, Stevie Wonder, Eddie Murphy, Frankie Beverly, Dawnn Lewis, Don Cornelius, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Evander Holyfield, Shaquille O’Neal and more.

Dr. Chambers is a 9-time Emmy and Golden Mike Award winner, formerly with CBS in Hollywood. In addition, he hosted and produced The Jazzspel, his national TV show on The Word Network for nine years and 137 episodes. Currently, the New Orleans native is the host of The Jazzspel radio show and The CUT Chronicles talk show on KCAA Radio, an NBC affiliate in San Bernardino County. The museum will serve as a media center and will house the awards and countless celebrity interviews.

ABOUT MRS. MAMIE TILL MOBLEY
Mrs. Mamie Till Mobley was an educator and the mother of Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old black teen from Chicago who was brutally murdered on August 28, 1955, in Money, Mississippi for whistling at a white woman. It was the watershed moment of the modern civil rights movement. He became known as the sacrificial lamb of the modern civil rights movement.

Mrs. Mobley led a defiant campaign against racism in America that changed it for generations to come. The movie, Till, starring Danielle Deadwyler and Whoopi Goldberg depicted her and Emmett’s story. ABC TV did a 3-week mini-series on them called Women of The Movement starring Adrienne Warren. She died on January 6, 2003, in Chicago.

To learn more, visit TubmanTillFoundation.org

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