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Community Leaders Hospitalized, but Recovering

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This week two community leaders were hospitalized and Riverside’s Kaiser Hospital became the center of attention for other community leaders as they rallied around their longtime friends.

Both Riverside community leader Rose Oliver and Black Voice News co-publisher Hardy L. Brown were hospitalized for serious conditions at Kaiser Hospital in Riverside this week. Originally assigned to the same ward on the hospital’s fifth floor, both Brown and Oliver are in serious condition, but slowly recovering.Often called “Ms. Riverside,” Rose Oliver is one of the leading citizens in the city. She has been a fighter for equality for decades and her name has become synonymous with “community action.” Commenting on Oliver’s absence at the African American Summit, Mayor Ron Loveridge described her as “passionate and involved.” “Oliver remains a fighter,” he said.

This time, however, she’s not just fighting for the good of the community, but fighting to regain her strength after unexpectedly suffering a stroke.

Just before the stroke, she called the Black Voice News office to remind us to support The Group’s African-American Summit. She also mentioned a number of other projects she helped to coordinate from her home office. Most recently, Oliver was employed by Parkview Hospital where she coordinated community awareness programs.

Oliver’s stroke has resulted in paralysis of the right side of her body and has also affected her speech. The good news is that she is expected to recover, however she continues to need our prayers. Her husband Cecil said he is grateful for all the prayers and good wishes from the community that his wife has worked so hard to make better. He also said that cards, letters, and flowers could be sent to his wife at Kaiser Hospital.

Currently, Hardy L. Brown wears a number of hats. He is co-publisher of the Black Voice News, president of the San Bernardino NAACP, president of the California Black Media Association, and treasurer of the West Coast Black Publishers Association. Earlier this week he was admitted to the hospital, just two doors down from Rose Oliver, after he suffered a fainting episode while working out at Bally’s Fitness Center in San Bernardino. After being stabilized at Loma Linda Hospital’s emergency room, he was admitted to Kaiser Hospital, Riverside.

It was another serious episode that landed him in Kaiser’s Intensive Care Unit where his doctor discovered internal bleeding due to an ulcer. He remains in serious condition in the ICU. His family and the Black Voice News family would like to thank you for your continued prayers and is requesting that any flowers, cards, or letters, be sent to the Black Voice News office: 3585 Main Street, Suite 201, Riverside, CA 92501.

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