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AABA's 43rd Annual Gala: Building Bridges—Bending the Arc

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Hanson Bridgett VIP & General Counsel Reception
5:00 - 6:00 PM

Dinner & Program
6:00 - 10:00 PM

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA 94111

Black Tie Optional


AABA American Values Award

Daryl Davis is an activist, author, and musician who is the subject of the award-winning documentary Accidental Courtesy. Mr. Davis is the epitome of building bridges. He has spent years engaging with members of the Ku Klux Klan, establishing dialogue and building relationships. He seeks to remove the veil of "otherness" and use personal interactions to create community. Mr. Davis has been responsible, directly or indirectly, for over 200 members leaving the Klan. We are thrilled to celebrate Mr. Davis and acknowledge his personal work to bridge race and bring us together.

The Dale Minami Impact Award

Stewart Kwoh is the founding President and Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles, is a nationally recognized leader and expert in race relations, Asian American studies, nonprofit organizations and philanthropies, civil rights, and legal services. He was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1998, becoming the first Asian American attorney and human rights activist to receive this highly prestigious recognition, often referred to as the “genius grant.” Mr. Kwoh will be the inaugural recipient of the Dale Minami Impact Award.

Master of Ceremonies

AABA is excited to welcome actor and 3-time Emmy Award-winning reporter Cynthia Gouw as our Master of Ceremonies. Ms. Gouw’s acting includes roles in Star Trek V: The Final FrontierChina Beach, and Man Against the Mob. She worked as a television anchor and/or reporter for KPIX-TV Channel 5 (CBS) San Francisco; KDFW-TV Channel 4 (Fox) in Dallas; and KXTV-TV Channel 10 (ABC) in Sacramento. Ms. Gouw emceed the 2018 NAPABA gala, and she has a JD from UCLA.  

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