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City Celebrates Annual Race Equality Week

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Dr. Barnett Grier Jr. during the opening of the Grier Pavilion this past June.
The annual Race Equality Week - a celebration of the cultural diversity of the city - started Monday, courtesy of the City of Riverside, the Human Relations Commission and the Office of the Mayor.

Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge during the opening of the Grier Pavilion this past June.
One of the highlights of the week of events is the "Grier Living Histories," a performance piece that traces the lives of 13 Riversiders instrumental in furthering the city's civil rights throughout history. The Grier Pavilion, named after activists Dr. Barnett and Eleanor Jean Grier, opened in June on the seventh floor of City Hall as a city tribute to those 13 people.

The 60-minute play about the lives of these honorees will be performed at several venues around the city during the week.  The actors are all local Riverside volunteers ranging from teenagers to seniors.

  • A special screening about the Grier Pavilion honorees will be held at 3:45 p.m., Sept. 18, at the Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave. Arts and crafts celebrating diversity will be on display as well.
  • "Grier Living Histories" performs again only for students and faculty at North High School, 1550 3rd St., Sept. 19.
  • The final performance of "Grier Living Histories" begins at 1 p.m., Sept. 20, at the Janet Goeske Center, 5257 Sierra St.

Sylvia Martin James spearheaded the naming of the Grier Pavilion.
All "Grier Living Histories" performances, except those held at North High School, are free to the public.

"Race Equality Week is an opportunity for celebration and reflection for the city.  The stories, shared through the Grier Living Histories, illustrate the power of social capital and civic engagement," said Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge.  "I urge everyone to take part in at least one activity this week."

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