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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on Celebrating Black History Month

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Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown released the following statement in honor of Black History Month: “This month, I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Black History Month. When I think of Black History Month, I am reminded of the countless African American heroes that have made a powerful difference in our world including Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bridget “Biddy” Mason, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and Rosa Parks, to name a few. I also celebrate our everyday heroes in the 47th District who have made a positive impact in our communities, those who have passed on and those who are still with us. I am honored to celebrate African American history and I respectfully salute those who came before us and those who are working in the trenches today.”

Please help me celebrate some local historic heroes of today:

Lois Carson, San Bernardino Community College Board’s first African American trustee
Dorothy Grant, community activist
Acquanetta Warren, Fontana’s first African American mayor and city councilmember
Deborah Robertson, Rialto’s first African American mayor
Wilmer Amina Carter, the Inland Empire’s first African American Assemblymember
John Woods, San Bernardino’s first African American school board member
Carl Clemons, first African American to be appointed to the San Bernardino Planning Commission
Faye Coates, former official songstress for the City of Rialto
Hattie Inge, founder of the Rialto Black History Month Committee
Draymond Crawford, banker
Jack Hill, businessman
Dr. Willie Roberts, educator
Calvin Pierce, first African American Marshal

Saluting the memory of those who have passed on:

Dr. Dorothy Ingraham, educator
Dr. Howard Ingraham, first African American physician
Jessie Turner, community activist
Charles Redd, educator
Ted Davis, Fontana NAACP president
Sam Martin, first African American elected to the Democratic Central Committee and pioneer publisher
Harry Rheubottom, first African American to have a radio program
Norris Gregory, San Bernardino's first African American city councilmember
Art Townsend, publisher and community activist
Frank Tillie, mortician
Charlie Seymour, youth and senior citizen advocate
Rufford Johnson, first African American attorney
J.D. Greenwood, CEO of Greenwood Bail Bonds
Valarie Pope Ludlam, champion of the poor
Rev. F.R. Williams, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church
Bill Porter, Buffalo Soldier
Mary McKinney, champion of the poor
Joe Sampson, Rialto’s first African American city councilmember
P.K. Blakely, Golden State Insurance manager
Rev. David Campbell, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Norman Wilson, contractor
Anne Shirrells, youth advocate

This is by no means a definitive list of heroes in our district. I invite you to send in your heroes so we may remember them as well.”

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

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