by Contributing Writer, Angie Wiggins
Community members honored for collective growth, CEO and Founder of Sac Cultural Hub and Chief Editor of THE HUB Magazine, Pleshette Robertson and local artist and founder of the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum, Shonna McDaniels, will receive the prestigious Ukuaji Wa Pomoja awards on Saturday November 9th, 2019 from 5 pm to 11 pm during the Black and Gold Ball. This is a special community event and fundraiser to be held at the Dante Club at 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd in Sacramento. 
Ukuaji Wa Pamoja (pronounced ooh-coo-ah-gee wa pa-mo-ja) is Swahili for collective growth. The women were chosen to receive the award because of their contributions to collective growth in the community. 
In addition to establishing the Sac Cultural Hub in 2002, Ms. Robertson is also the founder and driving force behind the highly successful annual Northern California event, the Exceptional Women of Color (EWOC) Expo & Awards for the past 11 years. 
Ms. McDaniels has brought Sacramento the very highly attended annual Banana Festival for over 10 years and has worked on numerous murals around Sacramento. 
MaxReach director, Angie Wiggins, said the organizations are thrilled to be honoring Ms. McDaniels and Ms. Robertson for their contributions. “These women are so truly deserving” she said, “each in their own right”. The non-profit director went on to say, “when ordinary people in our community do extraordinary things for our community, it is only right that we honor and appreciate them. Countless people have benefitted from the contributions of these women, even without knowing it.” 
The Black and Gold Ball is being hosted by two local non-profits organizations, Beyond the Village and Maximum Reach 4 Economic Equity. Both organizations work to spur economic development and personal growth in Sacramento. Proceeds from the event will go to help support economic development and growth in Sacramento’s Black communities. 
For more information, please call (916) 256-8301 or email


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