Black History Month is next month but the Black History Committee of Riverside and the SAVE THE DATE Media Group started early with a kick-off celebration at Zacatecas's Café this past Friday. The evening began with a performance by the Bre Dance Studio. Clifford Breland, Owner, and his dancers performed two numbers that wowed the crowd of almost 100 attendees.
Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge of the City of Riverside, Councilman Chris MacArthur, Ward 5 and Captain Dave Hernandez, Riverside City Fire Department were among the many dignitaries on hand to kick-off the 2008 calendar of events.
5th Ward Councilman Chris MacArthur and Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge presents a certificate to Black History Committee Chairperson Carmen Roberts
This year's Riverside Black History Month theme is "It Takes a Village" Leaders: Past, Present & Future. Events will continue throughout the year. On Saturday, February 9, 2008 will be the 29th Anniversary Parade and Expo. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. from Terracina and Magnolia (RCC) and will proceed down Market Street and end at 13th and Main in front of the Old Court House. The expo also starts at 10:00 a.m. on the Main Street Mall next to City Hall.
Chairperson Carmen Roberts honored the city of Riverside, Riverside Public Utilities, Altura Credit Union, Riverside City Fire Department, Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc., Black Voice News, Precinct Reporter Group and RBS for their continued sponsorship of The Black History Committee of Riverside.
Partnering in the kick-off celebration this year is SAVE THE DATE, a Los Angeles based calendar of events magazine, to also celebrate the launch of its new Inland Empire section and calendar in their current eighth anniversary special edition issue that is now on sale.