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Janet Goeske Foundation hosts Black History Program "Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr."

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Riverside – The Janet Goeske Foundation and Senior Center will present their 13th Annual Black History Program and Luncheon on Friday, February 22nd at 11:00 AM. This year’s program is titled “Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.” The program will feature special guests, as well as performances by the Martin Luther King High School Treble Choir.

JGF hosts the Black History program and luncheon every February as an opportunity for the senior community to join together, learn about, and celebrate diversity. A traditional meal of Southern cooking that includes fried chicken, black-eyed peas, collard greens and cornbread will be served! Feel free to wear your favorite African-American attire!

Melva Cooke, Chairperson of the event states, “You will not want to miss this awesome choir and their presentation!”

Tickets must be purchased by February 18th at the Janet Goeske Center (5257 Sierra Street, 92504). Tickets are $5.00 for Goeske members and $6.00 for non-members. Please call 951-351-8800 for more information.

UCR Hosts 36th Annual Writers Week

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Writers Week — Southern California’s longest-running, free event devoted to writing and writers — continues at the University of California, Riverside Feb. 7-8 with award-winning novelists, poets and journalists.

Award-winning authors Jamaica Kincaid, Jayne Anne Phillips and David Shields headline a cast of noted writers who will participate in panel discussions and readings throughout the 36th annual Writers Week. The event regularly attracts seasoned authors and those just beginning their careers.

“We have an amazing line-up this year,” said Tom Lutz, professor of creative writing at UCR and director of Writers Week. Lutz also is editor-inchief of the Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), which this year will interview writers during the weeklong event and produce short films about them for the LARB website. LARB is an online, nonprofit, multimedia literary and cultural arts magazine.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on Celebrating Black History Month

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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: “This month, I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Black History Month. When I think of Black History Month, I am reminded of the countless African American heroes that have made a powerful difference in our world including Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bridget “Biddy” Mason, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and Rosa Parks, to name a few. I also celebrate our everyday heroes in the 47th District who have made a positive impact in our communities, those who have passed on and those who are still with us. I am honored to celebrate African American history and I respectfully salute those who came before us and those who are working in the trenches today.”

Please help me celebrate some local historic heroes of today:

Lois Carson, San Bernardino Community College Board’s first African American trustee
Dorothy Grant, community activist
Acquanetta Warren, Fontana’s first African American mayor and city councilmember
Deborah Robertson, Rialto’s first African American mayor
Wilmer Amina Carter, the Inland Empire’s first African American Assemblymember
John Woods, San Bernardino’s first African American school board member
Carl Clemons, first African American to be appointed to the San Bernardino Planning Commission
Faye Coates, former official songstress for the City of Rialto
Hattie Inge, founder of the Rialto Black History Month Committee
Draymond Crawford, banker
Jack Hill, businessman
Dr. Willie Roberts, educator
Calvin Pierce, first African American Marshal

Saluting the memory of those who have passed on:

Dr. Dorothy Ingraham, educator
Dr. Howard Ingraham, first African American physician
Jessie Turner, community activist
Charles Redd, educator
Ted Davis, Fontana NAACP president
Sam Martin, first African American elected to the Democratic Central Committee and pioneer publisher
Harry Rheubottom, first African American to have a radio program
Norris Gregory, San Bernardino's first African American city councilmember
Art Townsend, publisher and community activist
Frank Tillie, mortician
Charlie Seymour, youth and senior citizen advocate
Rufford Johnson, first African American attorney
J.D. Greenwood, CEO of Greenwood Bail Bonds
Valarie Pope Ludlam, champion of the poor
Rev. F.R. Williams, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church
Bill Porter, Buffalo Soldier
Mary McKinney, champion of the poor
Joe Sampson, Rialto’s first African American city councilmember
P.K. Blakely, Golden State Insurance manager
Rev. David Campbell, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Norman Wilson, contractor
Anne Shirrells, youth advocate

This is by no means a definitive list of heroes in our district. I invite you to send in your heroes so we may remember them as well.”

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown to Host Open House for Constituents

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SAN BERNARDINO - Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) invites the public to attend her District Office Open House on Friday, February 8 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at her new office in downtown San Bernardino.

The Open House will give the community an opportunity to meet Assemblymember Brown and her staff as well as ask questions and share concerns.

Assemblymember Brown represents the 47th District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

The District Office is located at 290 North “D” Street, Suite 903, San Bernardino, 92401. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Lisa.Blacksher@asm.ca.gov or call (909) 820-5008.

2013 San Bernardino 44th Annual Black History Parade

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SAN BERNARDINO - The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the San Bernardino 44th Annual Black History Parade with Grand Marshall, Jim Pickens Jr., of ABC's hit TV show Greys Anatomy.

This year's parade will be held on February 2, 2013 at the National Orange Show, 689 South E. Street, San Bernardino, CA 92408. The parade theme is the 50th year anniversary of the "I have a Dream Speech" by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Chamber would like to honor Dr. King's dream by celebrating his legacy in one of the longest running parades in this country. However, due to economic constraints, they are faced with a financial dilemma. That said, the Black Chamber of Commerce is soliciting the assistance of the community and community leaders for financial assistance. Through your help, they can honor Dr. King's life, legacy, and dream of unity for all groups by contributing a tax-deductible donation to help cover the cost associated with hosting the parade in San Bernardino.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech can be considered one of the greatest speeches in American history. Over 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963 to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver this groundbreaking speech.

Those interested in being a vendor, participant or sponsor can log onto http://blackchamberofcommerce.org/44th-annual-parade/.

For more information, call 888-466-7408 ext. 2.

The Black Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a special thanks to the Black Cultural Foundation for organizing this Parade during the past 43 years!

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