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Upcoming Black History Month Events

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The 33rd Annual Black Culture Festival will be held Saturday, February 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  at Pomona Public Library.

Fontana Art Association, Celebrating Black History Month will be held from February 1 until March 25, 2011. For more information about classes or showcases, please visit arts.fontana.org or call (909)823- 6036.

Frederick Douglass from Slavery to Freedom: the Journey to New York City. San Bernardino County Museum presents a touring exhibit thru February.


Feb. 24 - Black History Program - Janet Goeske Center
Feb. 25 - Black Heritage Celebration - Banning
Feb. 25 - Black History Parade - Perris
Feb. 25 - Black History Parade - Palm Springs

SCE Lauds Partnerships During Black History Month Event

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Edison International (NYSE: EIX) subsidiary Southern California Edison (SCE) hosted its 10th Annual Black History Month celebration at its Energy Education Center in Irwindale.

This year’s event, “Connecting the Evolution of Electricity to Black History,” featured keynote speaker Blair Hamilton Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League for the past five years. Taylor has built upon his organization’s mission to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights through advocacy activities, programs and services.

In support of this year’s theme, Celebrating Business and Community Partnerships, special guest speaker Nelson Davis, president of The Making It Institute and Nelson Davis Productions, joined Taylor.

Davis, a nationally recognized small business expert, shared business advice and discussed economic empowerment by highlighting keys to business success.

SCE recognized businesses and organizations that made significant contributions through resources and programs designed to uplift the communities they serve.

Through recognition and acknowledgment, SCE hoped to motivate businesses and community organizations to continue their good works.

The city of Inglewood and Behavioral Health Services was honored for a long-standing partnership with SCE to employ energy solutions that help save energy and money. LeRoy Haynes Center was recognized with a Community Partnership Award for programs geared to more than 450 children with special needs relating to emotional development, autism, learning disabilities, abuse, neglect and abandonment.

Freeman Alternative Resources received the Diverse Business Enterprise Award, as one of many African-American suppliers that provide service to Southern California Edison.

“At Southern California Edison, we do not simply celebrate African- American history. We embrace it by recognizing and supporting the important contributions of African-Americans,” said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE’s vice president, Customer Service Business Unit’s Business Customer Division.

“The 10th anniversary demonstrated our continued commitment to promoting the positive empowerment and influence African-American inventors, businesses and organizations have on the community. This year, we looked forward to celebrating with our customers and community partners to recognize the successes and contributions of African- Americans.”

Emcees for this year’s celebration were news anchors Chris Schauble and Michaela Pereira of KTLA5 morning news.

Founded 10 years ago by SCE employees Afarah Board and Dave Ford, the Black History Month celebration has attracted more than 3,200 business customers, nonprofit organizations, community leaders and political representatives. The founders established the event to celebrate Black History Month with SCE employees, while recognizing the accomplishments of African-American inventors for their influences in the evolution of electricity and electrical technology.

The mission now encompasses a celebration of SCE’s partnerships with its business customers, diverse suppliers and charitable organizations.

Business and community partners are acknowledged for contributions to the region’s economic growth and stability, and for being energy-efficient.

SCE provided attendees with information about tools, programs and services that can help them become more energy-efficient, use less energy and reduce costs.

“Due to the business economic climate our customers are facing, we wanted them to be aware that Southern California Edison has many programs to help them save energy and money, while we acknowledged the many contributions of community- based organizations and businesses that provide much-needed support to the communities we serve,” said Cagnolatti.

For more information on African-American inventors, visit www.sce.com/inventors.

Actor Hill Harper Kicks Off Black History Month with CAAM

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The celebration of Black History Month at the California African American Museum (CAAM) will highlight the importance of education in black history and for future generations during Target Sundays at CAAM: Education, Living Our Legacy of Achievement! Sunday, February 5, 2012, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Setting the tone for a day of entertaining, artistic and educational experiences are co-hosts author/actor Hill Harper and actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter. Harper is an accomplished film, television and stage actor and the author of several books. He created the nonprofit foundation Manifest Your Destiny, whose mission is “to provide underserved youth a path to empowerment and educational excellence through academic programming, college access skills, and personal development.”

This event is free and open to the public. Located at 600 State Drive in Exposition Park, the museum is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and Sundays 11am-5pm. Admission and workshop participation is always free. Parking in the adjacent lot is $10.00 all day at Figueroa and 39th Streets.

For more information on the California African American Museum visit www. caamuseum.org.

Assembly Hearing Focused on Improving Lives of Boys, Men of Color

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The Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, created by Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles), recently met in Oakland in an effort to direct and drive state policy impacting young men of color.

The committee discussed a recent study, funded by California Endowment, which found that Latino and Black boys and men encounter more health problems than Caucasian boys and men. In addition, they found that investing California education, health, employment and juvenile justice programs in young men of color creates major financial benefits for the state.

"The information shared at the Select Committee hearing shows we need to continue supporting youth statewide," said Speaker Pérez. "I applaud the committee's effort to examine the challenges facing young men and boys of color in our state, and I am hopeful these hearings will shine light on the solutions we need."

At the meeting-the second in a series launched by Speaker Pérez- Assemblymembers heard from more than a dozen local school, law enforcement and social leaders, including a handful of youth, about local programs that are improving the lives of young men of color and bettering their communities.

The Select Committee plans to continue addressing key areas impacting young men of color, including health, education, violence prevention and youth development, with a series of hearings in Los Angeles, Fresno and Sacramento. The next hearing will be held on March 2 in Los Angeles.

Community Briefs

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Local Democrats to Celebrate Songs of Labor, Protests, and Politics

The San Bernardino County Democratic Party is hosting a dinner and concert celebrating "songs of the picket line, protest and politics!"

This event will be held on Saturday, January 28, at the San Bernardino Public Employees Association, 433 N. Sierra Way, San Bernardino 92410. The "social hour" will begin at 6:00 p.m. and the first half of the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Riverside folk singer "Troubadour" Terry Boyles will be featured.

The cost for this event, which benefits the San Bernardino County Democratic Party, is $25 per person, or $130 for a table of six. A buffet dinner, catered by Alfredo's, a local favorite, will include salad, bread, a choice of lasagna, chicken, or a vegetarian entrée, beverages and dessert.

There will be a no-host wine bar.

For more information, or to reserve your place, call 951-961-6727 by Tuesday, January 24. Your check, payable to "SBCDCC," should be mailed to the San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee, Attention: Pat Meagher, 136 Carousel Mall, San Bernardino 92401.

Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar Announces Run for

Congress in Cal ifornia’s 31st District (Redlands, CA) City of Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar recently announced his candidacy for Congress in California’s 31st district, located within San Bernardino County. “I’m running for Congress because the Inland Empire needs a representative in Washington who will reach across party lines to create jobs, protect vital programs and improve infrastructure,” said Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar.

“As Mayor, I have a proven track record of working with others to get things done, and I want to take that common sense problem-solving approach to Congress for the people of the 31st district.”

Aguilar is a lifelong resident of the Inland Empire and his family has lived in the area for four generations. His primary concern is revitalizing the region. San Bernardino County has some of the highest unemployment and poverty rates in the state, and home foreclosures are rampant. As a small business owner, Aguilar understands fiscal responsibility and how to create jobs. And during his time as mayor, Pete reduced the city’s deficit, established a reserve fund, equipped police with more tools to fight crime and made critical investments in local infrastructure.

Since 2006, Aguilar has been a member of the Redlands City Council and is also the President of the League of California Cities, Inland Empire Division and also serves the City on regional boards and commissions. Pete earned degrees in Government and Business Administration from the University of Redlands. Pete and his wife Alisha have lived in Redlands since 1997 and have two sons.

Eta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Honors Martin Luther King Jr. at “Blood of the Martyrs” Drive

Members of the Eta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated participated in their annual “Blood of the Martyrs” Drive at various blood banks across the region on January 16, 2012 in order to honor the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recognition of the late leader’s legacy of community outreach and uplift, chapter members, family, and friends gathered at LifeStream locations in Ontario, Riverside, and San Bernardino, buoyed by King’s message of hope and his commitment to serving others. Mrs. Gerri Foxall-Kater, chairman of the event, was overjoyed by the energy of staff members and donors from local neighborhoods, each working diligently to ensure the success of the meaningful event.

Eta Nu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Hosts “America’s Sunday Supper” The members of the Eta Nu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. hosted the first annual “America’s Sunday Supper” on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at Mardi Gras Restaurant in San Bernardino from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m.

A joint venture with Psycho Therapy Plus, the dinner brought together community members from far and wide in the spirit of fellowship and in recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday celebrated nationally on Monday, January 16. In addition, special recognition and acknowledgement was awarded to all veterans, current military personnel, and their families during the meal, highlighting the event’s (and the weekend’s) themes of peace, family, and community service.

Christ Temple CME Church 5th Sunday

Christ Temple CME Church invites the public to their 5th Sunday Missionary Program, January 29 at 4:00 PM. The speaker will be Mrs. Daisy Robinson, who will be speaking on "reaching back into Black History."

The church is located at 2020 N. Pico Ave., San Bernardino (corner of Pico and Goodlet). Rev. Billy Bohannon is the pastor. For additional information, please call the church office at 909-880-1292.

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