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Kwanzaa Celebrated in the Inland Empire

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By Cheryl Brown –

For forty-three years the Jacocks have been celebrating Kwanzaa, a culturally known holiday developed by Dr. Maulana Karenga. Bill “Ratibu” Jacocks and his wife Wilmer “Amina” Carter, now a California Assemblymember, have celebrated Kwanzaa from the beginning first in their home and after outgrowing the space moved to other venues. This year, the event, attended by about 150 people, was held at the Rialto Senior Citizen’s Center.

Ratibu Jacocks and A. Majadi begin this year’s Kwanzaa celebration.The Kwanzaa celebration focuses on traditional African values of family, community responsibility, culture commerce and self-improvement and is guided by seven principals. It is celebrated December 26th to January 1st with each night celebrating a different principle, Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Ujima (Collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (Collective economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

The program, sponsored by the Inland Empire Kwanzza Group, opened with a Drum Call by A. Majadi, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls’ Club.

Emcees were Imani Baylor and Aallyah Bey with the welcome from Dr. Mpigani Kweli and singing the Black National anthem led by Lauren Smith.

Singers Jazmine Bey and spoken word by Josiliyn McDaniel, Sarah Shabazz, and Chantel Earl.

Also on program were the Black Student Leadership Alliance from Carter High School, Shonda “Shandi” Hutton, and rounding out the evening was Ratibu lighting the candles.

 

Percy E. Sutton, Politician and Malcolm X Lawyer, Dies at 89

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Percy E. SuttonPercy E. Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X has died at the age of 89.

In a written statement, President Barack Obama states: “Percy Sutton was a true hero to African Americans in New York City and around the country. We will remember him for his service to the country as a Tuskegee Airman, to New York State as a state assemblyman, to New York City as Manhattan Borough President, and to the community of Harlem in leading the effort to revitalize the world renowned Apollo Theater. His life-long dedication to the fight for civil rights and his career as an entrepreneur and public servant made the rise of countless young African Americans possible. Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to his family on this sad day.”

Rev. Jesse Jackson recalled Sutton talking about electing a Black president as early as 1972.

He states that Sutton was influential in getting his 1984 campaign going.

Born on November 24, 1920 in San Antonio, Texas, Sutton was the youngest of 15 siblings. His father was born free, three years before the Emancipation Proclamation. Both parents were educators and business people. Sutton supported himself with odd jobs while attending three historically black colleges: Prairie View College, Hampton Institute, and Tuskegee Institute. He joined the United States Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet and served as an intelligence officer in World War II with the famous Tuskegee Airmen.

After being honorably discharged in 1945, Sutton earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and passed the New York bar in 1950. He then returned to the military as a trial judge advocate.

In 1953, Sutton left the military and, with his brother, Oliver Sutton, and George Covington, set up a law partnership. For many years, Percy Sutton was the attorney for Malcolm X. After Malcolm’s death, Sutton continued to represent the Shabazz family, when needed, without cost. The Sutton and Covington law firm, always socially conscious, handled many cases without cost.

Sutton was elected President of the New York NAACP in 1961 and participated in, and gave leadership to, many civil rights demonstrations and protests. He helped to integrate the Greyhound Bus Station lunch counter in Montgomery, Alabama in 1961.

Sutton’s early political efforts were not too successful. But after 11 years (1953-1964) of losing elections, Sutton was elected a New York State Assemblyman in 1964.

As an Assemblyman, Sutton was a major supporter of the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Another initiative of his was the Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (S.E.E.K.) program, which, today, enables thousands of disadvantaged students to gain a college education.

In 1966, the New York City Council chose Sutton to become Manhattan Borough President. Reelected in his own right by an overwhelming majority, he was, for 11 years (1966-77), the highest elected African American official in the state.

Center In 1971, Sutton founded the Inner City Broadcasting Corporation, which purchased and developed radio stations WLIBAM and WBLS-FM; making them the first black-owned stations in New York City. In 1981, Sutton rescued from bankruptcy the world famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem. He created the nationally syndicated television show, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” and operated the theater until 1991.

In 1995 and 1996, Sutton represented the United States as a business delegate to the Group of Seven (G-7) Nations meeting on Telecommunications and High Technology in Brussels, and the G-7 developing nations Intelligence Technology Conference in South Africa, respectively.

Sutton has received more than 750 national, international, and local awards. In 1986, Sutton was granted the NAACP’s highest award, the Spingarn Medal.

Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for New Year's Holiday

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The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and driver’s license inspection on Thursday, December 31, 2009 in the Woodcrest area.

The sobriety checkpoint will be staffed by California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers who are trained in the detection of alcohol and/or drug impaired drivers.

The officers will be equipped with state of the art, hand held breath testing devices which provide an accurate measure of blood alcohol concentrations of drivers suspected of being under the influence.

Each year, members of our community are needlessly maimed and killed on our roads.

Our goal is to ensure the safe passage of each and every motorist by targeting roads where there is a high frequency of drunk driving. A sobriety checkpoint is an effective tool for achieving this goal and is designed to augment the existing patrol operations. By publicizing our efforts we believe that we can deter motorists from drinking and driving.

Volunteering During the Holiday Season

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A Christmas holiday dinner was recently held at the Masons Building in San Bernardino with volunteers, young and old, working side-by-side preparing and serving hot meals to be delivered to shut-ins as well as serving the flow of community people that arrived.

One club from Riverside volunteered for their second year to help out. Other volunteers were drivers using their cars or an agency bus who drove through the community transporting seniors to the dinner or helping to deliver some of the food boxes.

 

RDP Seeks Nominations for the 2010 Roy Hord "Volunteer of the Year" Award

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The Roy Hord “Volunteer of the Year” Award is presented each year at Riverside Downtown Partnership’s (RDP) Annual Meeting and Award Ceremony.

This year’s gala event takes place Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Riverside.

The late Roy Hord was a former RDP Board Member who faithfully served in the community of Riverside for over 25 years.

The Roy Hord “Volunteer of the Year” Award is a special award that was established in 2003 in his honor, given to individuals who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism. This person should be dedicated to the community and have a history of numerous hours of volunteerism in various areas especially working with youth. Past recipients include:

· The Roy Hord Family-2003

· Bill Gardner-2004

· Douglas R. Shackelton-2005

· Barbara Purvis-2006

· Geraldine Bowden-2007

· Dell Roberts-2008

· Nanci Larsen-2009 RDP is accepting nominations for this prestigious award.

Other outstanding achievements that will be recognized at this ceremony are Downtown Improvement; Arts & Culture; Downtown Public Event; Downtown Business Activity; Downtown Safety & Security; and Chair Award.

This elegant evening includes a social networking cocktail hour, a delicious dinner buffet catered by Marriott Riverside, an opportunity drawing, the awards ceremony, and ending with recognition of outgoing and incoming RDP board members.

Tickets are $50 per person, or $450 per table of ten. To purchase tickets or make a reservation call (951) 781-7335. RDP also welcomes any donations for the opportunity drawing. If you would like to donate an item please contact Natasha Ferguson at (951) 341-6550 or email rdpnatasha@ sbcglobal.net.

If you know someone deserving of The Roy Hord “Volunteer of the Year” Award, submit the person’s name and a description of why you feel they qualify as outstanding volunteer of the year (in 300 words or less). The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 15, 2010.

Please send your nominations to:

Riverside Downtown Partnership, 3666 University Ave., Suite #100, Riverside, Calif. 92501,

or visit www.RiversideDowntown.org to download a form from the Web site.

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