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Black Rose Honorees Honored

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The Black Rose Awards was well attended this year. The theme was youth and all of the honorees were youth workers.

Colton USD Superintendent Dennis Byas, in his acceptance speech said, his motto is “every child will learn.”
Ray Culberson, a teacher who was saved from the streets, said he goes to work everyday expecting to be fired. He makes a difference for children who may be like he was. “I want to make a difference by fighting the battle,” he said.
Dr. Ernest Dowdy, Jr., Executive Director, San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency, has worked for 25 years serving youth to achieve their employment goals.
Tom Gueston is a Literacy Tutor at the S.B. Public Library. This former military man who never says no to anyone gives generously of his time and talent. “My mom taught me when someone needs help you help them,” he said.
Another youth worker is Clifford Hackney who is the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino. At a time when the club had lost support from private and government agencies, Hackney stepped in to take over and turned it around. He is intense, passionate and uses his passion to mentor youth. “My mission is the same as the Boys & Girls Club, to inspire all young people to become productive, responsible citizens,” he said.
Carmen Novella Webster, Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program Coordinator, People’s Choice, Inc. formerly worked with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. “It has brought me the reward of seeing some of our youth envision dreams, set goals, and go after college and employment. It has been challenging but certainly a worthwhile challenge,” she stated.
Precious Wesley’s fondest dream would be to have every youth register to vote – for every one of them to be involved in the Democratic Central Committee. She also wants all of them to further their education. For 50 years she has been on that mission, educating and raising money for scholarships.
For the past few years Kathy Ervin, Professor of Theater Arts at Cal State University San Bernardino and Michael Meyers, Chief of Police in the City of Rialto, have been masterful M.C.’s.
Margaret Hill, President of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation said that this was an outstanding program.

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