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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.

LeFrancis Arnold Named 2012 C.A.R. President

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For LeFrancis Arnold, real estate is his life! LeFrancis has been a licensed Real Estate Broker for 34 years and for the last 35 years a member of organized Real Estate.

A former offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos, Arnold plans to bring the same facets of playing sports to his role as C.A.R. President: discipline and teamwork.

LeFrancis started early in leadership, first on the student council at Compton High School and later at the University of Oregon. At Oregon, LeFrancis won the prestigious Koyl Cup Award as Oregon’s most outstanding Junior and was also Captain of the football team.

After spending two years with the Denver Broncos, LeFrancis entered the family real estate business with his mother, Evelyn Arnold. Within a year, LeFrancis Arnold became the Broker and President of a new Corporation, Century 21 Arrow Realty, Inc.

In 35 years, LeFrancis and Evelyn have built two strong franchises: Century 21 and more recent ly the Excellence Realty Franchise --- both in the heart of the central cities of Southeast Los Angeles where they have served their communities with pride and dignity. Their companies and/or divisions now include Excellence Realty, All Communities Escrow Services Inc. , L.E.D Financial Services Inc. and Hub City Construction and Development Co. Inc. Some of the services provided include Residential and Commercial Real Estate Sales and Services, Business Opportunities, Property Management, Escrow Services, Mortgage Lending, and Construction and Development.

LeFrancis has served as Chairman of the Lynwood Economic Development Committee, is currently Executive Director of Southeast Los Angeles County Community Development Corp. (SELAC), and is a Past President of Los Angeles County Boards of REALTORS® (LACBOR).

As a REALTOR®, LeFrancis served as President of his local association in 2000, was his local association's first appointed NAR.

Director since 1988, and was named REALTOR® of the Year in both 1979 and 2008. LeFrancis has served as NAR representative to the Fannie Mae Housing Impact Advisory Committee since 1995, is currently on the NAR Federal Housing Policy Committee, has served as NAR. Liaison for RESPA Reform, and was appointed as a Federal District Coordinator (FDC) to Congresswoman Maxine Waters where he has served for the past 17 years.

At C.A.R., LeFrancis is the current 2012 President. Additionally, LeFrancis has also served C.A.R. at the leadership level on the Execut ive Commit tee, as Association President, Regional Chairman, the Nominat ing Committee, and currently serves as Liaison to seven committees: Strategic Planning and Finance (SPF), Housing Opportunity, Housing Affordability Fund (HAF), Membership, Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity, Commercial Alliance, and International Real Estate Forum. LeFrancis has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Housing Opportunity Committee, Vice Chair of the Real Estate Finance Committee, Chair of the Government Mortgage Sub-committee, and has been a Legislative Key Contact for over 17 years.

LeFrancis has been on the Housing Opportunity Committee, Common Interest Development Committee, Legislative Committee, Federal Issues Committee, and had the privilege of serving as a CREPAC Trustee for 5 years. On the Nominating Committee, LeFrancis served on the NAR Director Selection Sub- Commit tee. LeFrancis is a California Golden®, has contributed to political survival since 1987, and helped author C.A.R.’s Housing Opportunity Tool Kit.

Since the start of his professional Real Estate career, LeFrancis has provided Real Estate services to the underserved communities and the emerging markets.

He has been married to Sheryl since 1985 and they have two handsome sons, Jason and LeFrancis II, and two grandchildren.

Dymally Honored At Annual Legislative Black Caucus MLK Leadership Breakfast

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Sacramento – More than 500 people attended the California Legislative Black Caucus’ annual Civil Rights Leadership Awards Breakfast honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Sacramento.

The keynote address was given by Bishop Albert Galbraith, jurisdictional Prelate, Northern CA First Jurisdiction and Pastor of the North Highlands Community Church of God in Christ. “We all came over here on different ships, but we are all in the same boat now,” he told the audience.

Curren Price, Chair of CLBC, revisited Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign in his remarks, urging the crowd to continue King’s quest for economic justice. “We are joining President Pro Tem Steinberg in asking the Governor to hold off on his proposed budget cuts that will hurt schools, the sick and the working poor until the budget initiative is voted on,” Price said. “We have got to preserve the safety net.”

To celebrate the legacy of Dr. King, the Caucus honored individuals who share Dr. King's commitment to work for the betterment of African Americans and others throughout California and the nation.

Former Congressman, Lt. Governor, State Senator and Assembly member Mervyn M. Dymally received the Living Legend Award. A moving video tribute spanning his nearly six decades of activism and public service was also unveiled for the first time.

Mr. Dymally is considered the “God Father” of African American politicians in California,” said Senator Curren D, Price, Jr., Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. “He has broken down so many barriers and mentored so many legislators, Black and non-Black, that we would be remiss not to honor him for opening up the doors that we now walk through.”

Dymally officially established the Caucus in 1967 to represent the concerns for the African American community and provide a collective political force for creating a more just and equitable society.

Alice Huffman, president of the State NAACP said that people working in the Capitol today could learn from Dymally’s style of getting “significant things done quietly.”

Governor Jerry Brown called Dymally “one of the legends of California political history and one of the first African Americans to become prominent in our state politics. “He was in the forefront fighting the battle for Civil Rights, economic development and mentoring so many young people who came after him.”

Additionally, Timothy Simon, Public Utilities Commissioner, received the Civil Rights Leadership Award; the California Black Health Network received the Community Advocacy Award. The Caucus also honored former Senator Teresa Hughes, posthumously.

Robbin Coaxum-Lewis, Chief of Staff to Assembly member Amina Carter and Larry Broussard, Chief of Staff to Assembly member Sandre Swanson received the Distinguished Government Service Award.

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