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NAACP Honors Memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The NAACP honors the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday celebrating his life and achievements.

Dr. King is considered the formative figure in the modern fight for civil rights. He led numerous boycotts, marches and rallies in the 1950’s and 1960’s, including the historic 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. In 1957 Dr. King earned the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP’s most prestigious honor.

“Dr. King’s legacy looms large in the work of all those who follow him in his cause,” stated NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock. “Dr. King dedicated his life to fighting injustice in all forms. With that attitude, he grew a small social movement in Birmingham, Alabama into a national crusade that changed the course of our country’s history. His example reminds us how important it is to do what we can, no matter how small, to make the world a better place.”

“Dr. King's crusade was deeply rooted in the gospel of Jesus Christ, the universal truths that unite the world's great belief systems, and the American Dream,” stated President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “He was a man of vision, conviction, and courage. Just as his work was inspired by the NAACP, we are inspired by his example. We will finish his work to eliminate economic exploitation and racial injustice. As Dr. King reminds us in his Letter from a Birmingham jail, only in embracing fairness and opportunity for all can we ensure America will finally be America for all Americans."

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

'Way Black When' to Air on TV One

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In celebration of Black History Month, TV ONE is presenting “Way Black When,” a reflection of black culture in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, featuring countless beloved actors, producers and musical artists from those eras. The star-studded one-hour talk/variety show will air weeknights at 10PM ET/PT throughout the four weeks of February, beginning on Monday, January 31.

Host of the 90’s week, Chris “Kid” Reid, along with stars like Michael Jai White, Jayne Kennedy, Ernest Thomas, Kurtis Blow, Anna Maria Horseford, Glen Turman, Tatyana Ali, Christopher "Play" Martin, and Malik Yoba are available for interview, depending on scheduling. They can talk about their experience on the show, other stars they met during taping, what they are doing now, the importance of Black History Month, and more.

Celebrate the Legacy of Dr. King at CAAM

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Join legendary singer Freda Payne and actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter at CAAM to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunday, January 16 and Monday, January 17, 2011.

The two-day celebration will feature live performances representative of the diverse cultures in Los Angeles.

On Target Sundays at CAAM, January 16, the program “One Dream, A National Influence, A World of People,” includes performances by: recording artist Abraham McDonald (winner of the 2009 Oprah Winfrey Karaoke Challenge); Lula Washington Dance Academy; speaker Iyanla Vanzant; Mexican music and dance group Las Cafeteros; spoken word artist Azure Antoinette; Japanese drummers from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles; and dancers of Swing Brazil.

Jamaican born actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter serves as co-host with singer Freda Payne, with the live program beginning at 1:00 pm.

On Monday, January 17, CAAM kicks off the day in the annual King Day Parade, followed by “Cake for King,” a day of children’s workshops, storytelling, film screenings of Dr. King speeches with delicious birthday cake being served at CAAM. Activities begin at 11:00am and the cake will be served at 2:00pm.

The two-day festivities are free and open to the public. Doors open at 11:00 am.

Children’s workshops will be held on both days beginning at 12pm. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of the rich culture, history and ongoing exhibitions in the CAAM galleries.

For more information and a schedule of the King Day events, call 213.744.7432 or visit the Web site at www.caamuseum.org.

SCE Reaches Out to Customers to Help Lower Their Electric Bills

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Southern California Edison (SCE) realizes that despite an economic uptick, many of its customers are still struggling to make ends meet. Though customers may qualify for economic assistance programs, many have not applied. For example, SCE estimates there are still about 60,000 customers who are eligible for discounts on their electricity bills through the California Alternative Rates for Energy (CARE) plan, but have not enrolled.

SCE offers many ways to help its customers, whether it is making sure they are on the right rate plan, working on alternate payment options or getting free energy- efficient appliances. All customers have to do is call SCE to get started.

The utility offers a range of programs to those customers who qualify for assistance including:

• The CARE program, which provides a discount of 20 percent or more on customers’ monthly electric bills.

• The Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) program, allows a discounted rate on the monthly bill for families of three or more who fall within the income guidelines and exceed their baseline usage by 30 percent or more.

• The Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESAP), formerly called the Energy

Management Assistance program, helps income-qualified households conserve energy and reduce their electricity costs. SCE supplies and installs energy- efficient appliances and equipment at no cost to eligible customers. ESAP services are available to homeowners and renters.

• The Energy Assistance Fund (EAF), grants up to $100 per year to help customers who cannot pay their electric bills. The grants are administered by community-based assistance agencies. EAF is funded by donations from SCE employees, customers and Edison International, SCE’s publicly held parent company.

• Customers who rely on electronic medical equipment may be eligible for the Medical Baseline discounted rate.

SCE can help any customer, regardless of income, with payment arrangements. Customers who need additional help should call 211 to connect with community service programs throughout California.

To learn more about these and other programs, please visit www.sce.com/assistance or call 1 (800) 369-3652.

Ramos appointed to State Board of Education

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The state Senate will not confirm two people former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed to the state board of education, leaving room for Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint seven new people to the board.

Brown's appointments include two people who served on the board of education during his first stint as governor as well as a lobbyist for the California Teachers Association.

James Ramos stated that he’s, “very excited and proud to serve on the board.”

The appointments, all Democrats, include:

Louis "Bill" Honig of Marin, the president of the Consortium on Reading Excellence. He was the Superintendent of Public Instruction until he was forced to resign in 1993 after being convicted of felony conflict-ofinterest charges.

Michael Kirst of Palo Alto, a Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and member of the the state Board of Education under Gov. Brown from 1975 to 1982.

Aida Molina of Bakersfield, the executive director on academic improvement and accountability for the Bakersfield City School District and a former commissioner with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Molina has been a principal in Bakersfield and the Sacramento Unified School District and an assistant principal with the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District.

Carl Anthony Cohn of Palm Springs, a professor and the co-director of the Urban Leadership Program at Claremont Graduate University. Cohn previously served as the superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District and the Long Beach Unified School District.

James Ramos of San Bernardino, Chairman for the San Manuel Band of Indians and a member of the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees.

Patricia Ann Rucker of Elk Grove, the legislative advocate for the California Teachers Association. Previously, she was a teacher in the Del Paso Heights School District.

Trish Boyd Williams of San Jose, the executive director of EdSource. Previously, Williams worked for the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Appointments to the state Board of Education require Senate confirmation and are compensated $100 per diem.

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