By John Coleman –
In the 1960s, several San Bernardino civic leaders began to promote public events in celebration of Black History & Culture month which had earlier been held primarily in the communities Black churches recognizing an ever expanding African American presence in Greater San Bernardino. Over the years, energy, interest and moneys to nourish this enterprise have varied, and the torch for continuance and promotion of this responsibility came to be assigned to the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation (SBBCF).
Opening the 2012 celebration of Black History Month, in San Bernardino under the theme: “Give thanks for the past; Appreciate the Present; & Leave a Legacy for the Future,” the SBBCF released a convoy of white doves and homing pigeons to kick off this year’s festivities before giving honor and recognition to past community leaders and officials of SBBCF past officers and members; former SBBCF Senior Kings & Queens; recipients of the Black Rose Awards; winners of SBBCF Scholarships; Miss Black San Bernardino honorees; individuals and organizations who marched and participated in the the past years of the Black history parade; and the community which supported these efforts for more than half a century.
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