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Community Leader Diane E. Watson Honored with Lifetime Achievement for Human Rights Advocacy

Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA

Diane E. Watson is honored for her valued contributions to the Los Angeles community. Photo: Platinum Star PR

Diane E. Watson was the recipient of the Pakistan American Chamber of Commerce award of the Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award in recognition of her outstanding dedication contributions in the field of education and human rights to improve the lives of women and children, especially those living in poverty.

“We were excited to present the trailer for the award-winning “Golden Hearted,” a documentary directed by Millena Gay to share with the audience a glimpse into the extraordinary life of Diane Watson,” said PACC Vice President Fatima Khan. “Our community recognizes her exceptional contribution and services to mankind that are truly unmatched and unparalleled.”


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Upon accepting her award, Watson said, “I am honored to be acknowledged for my achievements to help our vulnerable population.

“As a native of Los Angeles, I have been fortunate to watch and witness a phenomenal woman who has always been gracious and classy,” said Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA, a social change activist and playwright. “Ms. Watson is a true pioneer, a champion for the people and the epitome of women empowering women.”

Fatema Baldiwala, Dr. E. Lance McCarthy, Marie Y. Lemelle, Chief of Airport Police Cecil W. Rhambo, Jr., Diane E. Watson, Edward Turley, LAPD Assistant Chief Al Labrada, LAPD Commander Jonathan Tom, LAPD Deputy Chief Blake Chow, and Arleen Bocatija Rojas celebrated community and congratulated Ms. Watson for her selfless service. Photo: Platinum Star PR

“We live in LA, yet we are global citizens,” said Global Economist and Digital.Davos Speaker Dr. E. Lance McCarthy. “Such citizen is Diane Watson. Not only did she assist in bringing social and economic justice to LA, she championed international impact as well. Her legacy and justice work were honored and has bridged the gaps by assisting all citizens regardless of creed, color or beliefs.”

In solidarity, law enforcement was in attendance to give testimony about how events like this are important to the overall safety and understanding in the community.

“As a department, we are always looking for ways to be connected to communities. Our participation helps reiterate our Department’s commitment, partnership and public safety message to all communities,” said LAPD Assistant Chief Al Labrada. “It’s not only during times of distress that we need to visit, but we also enjoy coming to celebrate and build new relationships. We value and encourage the safety of everyone.”

Arleen Bocatija Rojas, is known as the voice of the people, shared her mantra, "We Are, Stronger Together." Rojas, an active 31-year veteran Police Officer for the City of Los Angeles, is the first female Filipino-American Police Officer in the history of the LAPD.

Watson’s father, William Allen Louis Watson, was one of the first Black officers hired by the LAPD.


Marie Y. Lemelle, MBA is a global public relations consultant, playwright, book author, and film producer. She is the founder and owner of Platinum Star Public Relations, The Black Hollywood Entertainment, a non-profit, and other business enterprises.

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