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Local Women Honored At Janet Goseske Center

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The 11th annual Black History luncheon was recently held with some of the Riverside areas most prestigious women sharing information regarding Powerful Black Women that have inspired them.

Dr. Carolyn Murray shared her admiration for Dr. Sandra Murry, Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Woodie Rucker-Hughes spoke of Civil Rights activists, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dr. Germain Strothers M.D. chose to speak about her mother Ruth Strothers who instilled a sense or perseverance that has prevailed in her quest for education.

Edna Osborn, a longtime devoted volunteer at the Goeske Center shared her admiration for Entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, Christina Reid-Brown shared how she admired Rosa Parks during her childhood in Selma, Alabama, Rev. Jerry Hobby was inspired by the great Harriet Tubman, abolitionist and fighter for women’s rights. Ennette Morton, Director of the Metropolitan Museum found inspiration in the Political.

Museum found inspiration in the Political accomplishments of Shirley Chilsolm. The audience received a special treat when 94 year Fannie Bennett recited a poem,” A Good Man Is Hard To Find”. Dr. Germain Strothers provided musical selections that included a stirring rendition of “The Wind Beneath My Winds”.

Theresa Denham, Senior Services Director credited Chairperson Helen Christmon for the success of the event.

She stated due to Mrs. Christmon’s hard work and unique creativity the audience has doubled over her threeyear chairmanship. The luncheon is held annually on the last Friday in February.

Distinguished Scholar, Author, Dr. VP Franklin Speaks at High School

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By Natasha Ferguson –

In commemoration of the NAACP’s 100 year anniversary, and in recognition of a decade of the Census, the NAACP Riverside Branch recently hosted a 2010 Census Dinner at John W. North High School. The guest speaker was Professor of History and Education at UCR, Dr. V.P. Franklin. Co-sponsoring organizations included the U.S. Census; the John North Black Student Union and Multi- Cultural Club; and NAACP San Bernardino Branch. These along with a multi-ethnic audience of students, friends, NAACP members, educators and area leaders filled the campus lecture hall.

Special guests included President of Moreno Valley School Board; representatives from Riverside Unified School District; and Margaret Fortune, Trustee for the California State University Board and former Senior Advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger who is currently head of Fortune Schools and developing the Hardy Brown College Prep Charter School in San Bernardino.

The program opened with a welcome from NAACP Riverside President Woodie Rucker-Hughes followed by invocation by Minister Stancil Turner. The master of ceremonies was NAACP Riverside VP, Mannesseh Nweigwe Jr. A representative from the Census Bureau spoke on the importance of the Census; and NAACP San Bernardino President Cheryl Brown introduced her special guest Ms. Fortune and briefly detailed the new Hardy Brown College Prep Charter School.

Professor Franklin has published over 50 scholarly articles on African American history and education, is editor of the Journal of African American History and has also authored many books.

He is currently working on a study of transnational educational programs from the United States to Africa in the twentieth century.

Keynote speaker Dr. Franklin’s topic was, ‘Documenting the NAACP’S First Century: From Combating Racial Injustices to Challenging Racial Inequities.’

While much of the focus of attention was on what is popularly known as the “Civil Rights Revolution” in bringing about ‘change in America’ — ending segregation in America’s south — Dr. Franklin’s speech shed some light on the impact of the work by individuals, churches and communities in reducing segregation in America’s north.

Dr. Franklin described how Reverend Leon Sullivan, in the late 1950s and early 1960s working with other local ministers of Philadelphia’s Black churches organized an economic boycott which targeted the major area employer, who, like all major employers in Philadelphia and elsewhere across the north refused to hire Black workers.

Rev. Sullivan and protest leaders determined that their best strategy was for church members, their families and friends to stop spending their money on any product from or at a particular business until that business agreed to open employment to, and hire, Black workers.

When the boycott proved to be a success and employment barriers began to fall, Rev Sullivan’s Philadelphia plan developed a program for training Blacks and other discriminated-against workers for newly-available jobs and developing job opportunities (mid and late 1960s to late 1970s). This led to the launch of the Opportunities Industrialization Centers (OIC) training programs, which spread out from Philadelphia to urban communities across America and attracted the attention of then President Lyndon Johnson, who supported the concept and model within Community Action Programs in the “War on Poverty”.

Dr. Franklin spoke of the extension of Rev. Sullivan’s Philadelphia Plan (economic boycott: ‘Don’t Buy Where You Can’t Work’; job development and training: OIC) across the U.S., into Europe and Africa, which contributed to the end of “Apartheid” in South Africa.

Elements of Rev. Sullivan’s Community action, employment and training, and economic justice concepts clearly are visible in plans and program proposals of the President Obama’s Administration.

Dr. Franklin’s discussion was very enlightening and both Brown and Rucker-Hughes expressed pleasure in the turnout and overall success of the program.

“Our event was an awesome experience to interact with a jewel of a scholar and teacher, Dr. VP Franklin,” said Rucker- Hughes. “I am certain that everyone who attended walked away much richer in knowledge and thought because of this experience. We will continue to provide opportunities such as this in the future.”

Attendees enjoyed a delicious soul food dinner catered by “Yo Momma Soul Food Catering.”

NAACP will be hosting its 60th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner on May 6th of this year and Dr. Franklin will be one of many special invited guests. For more information about the organization, news and upcoming events visit www.naacp-riverside.org.

Union Apprenticeship, Training Forum Accepting Registrations

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Students can discover about opportunities to earn money while they are still learning at the Union Apprenticeship and Training Forum on March 13 at the National Orange Show.

The free event, which is open to students, parents, counselors and teachers, will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Damus Room at the National Orange Show, which is located at 689 S. E St. in San Bernardino. Participants should enter the fairgrounds at Gate 7 on Arrowhead Avenue.

Examples of some of the trades participating are electricians, operating engineers, plumbing, pipe-fitting, surveying and roofing. Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on demonstrations, and apprenticeship coordinators will relate their trades to real world applications. San Bernardino County Superintendent Gary Thomas will welcome students to the event.

Even though the event is free, participants must register for the Apprenticeship Forum prior to March 10. To register online for the event, go to http://oms.sbcss.k12.ca.us.

This event is sponsored by the Central Labor Council AFL/CIO of San Bernardino and Riverside counties and the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools¹ Alliance for Education program.

Partners include Regional Occupational Programs, Plumbers/Pipefitters Apprenticeship, SC Surveyors Joint Apprenticeship, and the Joint Electrical Apprenticeship and Journey Training Program. For more information, contact Crystal Lopez at the County Schools office at (909) 386-2636.

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Join Wilmer Amina Carter at kickoff fundraising breakfast

Join hundreds of supporters of Wilmer Amina Carter at a kickoff fundraising breakfast on March 13, 2010 in an effort to return her to the California Assembly as the representative of the 62nd District.

The 99 Men Plus Host Committee Breakfast Fundraiser will take place at El Rancho Verde Country Club, 355 E. Country Club Drive, Rialto, CA 92377. The ingathering begins at 9:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. RSVP by March 11. For more info and cost, call Ratibu Jacocks at (909) 820-4406.

Winter Evening in Downtown Riverside

Karen Wilson And Friends present Songs and Stories For a Winter Evening: A Kind of Cabaret.

The very talented Karen Wilson tells stories and sings songs @ Back to the Grind, 3575 University Ave., Riverside 92501. For more than 20 years, Wilson has performed in classrooms, clubs, auditoriums and at festivals. She has sung with folk icon Pete Seeger and read poetry on the PBS series, "Favorite Poem Project." She has told tales and enchanted crowds at such diverse places as New York's Metropolitan Museum, Lincoln Center and the Central Park Zoo. Lovely snacks, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages available. And jazz, jazz, jazz! Come and enjoy!

Riverside Seeks Community Input in Police Chief Search

The search for the City of Riverside’s next Police Chief is underway and City residents are being asked what they would like to see in Riverside’s next top cop.

To solicit this input, a series of three community meetings will be held to provide residents with a unique opportunity to share their thoughts directly with City officials.

Meetings will be held:

• Thursday, March 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room at César Chávez Auditorium, 2060 University Avenue

• Wednesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Orange Terrace Community Center, 20010 Orange Terrace Parkway (ASL interpreter provided)

• Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the La Sierra Senior Center, 5215 La Sierra Avenue Participants will be asked to share their thoughts or ideas on this important topic. Topics of particular focus include:

1. What do residents see as the major public safety (law enforcement) issues facing our City?

2. What type of experience is important for the next Chief of Police?

3. What personal characteristics should the Chief possess?

4. How would Riverside residents like the Chief to be involved in our community? For more information on these meetings, contact City of Riverside Special Events at (951) 826-5586 or specialevents@riversideca.gov

Spain Trip Through S.B. Chamber

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The San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding an information meeting for a trip to Spain at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at the Chamber office, 546 W. 6th St., San Bernardino.

The trip is scheduled for November 7 - 16, 2010 and includes Roundtrip Airfare, 4-Star Hotel Accommodations, Tour Buses with Tour Guides and 14 Meals. Trip highlights include Madrid, Prado Museum, Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Flamenco Show, Granada, Alhambra, Valencia and Barcelona.

Interested individuals should attend the meeting to find out all Spain Trip details. Information packets will be handed out the day of the meeting. To RSVP call Lupe at the Chamber at (909) 885-7515 or e-mail at sba.chamber@verizon.net.

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