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The Black Voice News Celebrates 40th Anniversary - 40 Community builders will be acknowledged

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RIVERSIDE, CA – August 2012 –The Black Voice News will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary on August 18, 2012 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Grier Pavilion located at City Hall on 3900 Main Street, Riverside, CA. There is no charge for admission and brunch will be served.

The Black Voice News was founded on the campus of the University of California, Riverside in 1972 by Ardess E. Lilly, Jr. then president of UC Riverside's Black Student Union. The Riverside-based newspaper is one of the oldest remaining family-owned newspapers in the U.S. In 1980, The Black Voice News was purchased by long time inland activists and community leaders Hardy and Cheryl Brown from publisher Sam Martin. This kicked off a new era of activism and reporting which would propel The Black Voice News from a small community publication to a powerful voice for the voiceless.

Since its inception, the Black Press has been a tool for the African American community in combating racism, promoting personal growth, community engagement and self-empowerment. The award winning publication has since broadened its editorial perspective to include social media. Globally, this expanded reach has produced considerable interest and readership from all sectors of the local, national and international communities. The Black Voice News would like to invite the community to join them in celebrating the success of their 40 years of publishing and community outreach. Forty Community Builders will be acknowledged at this event because of their outstanding contributions to community outreach in the Inland Empire. The title sponsor for the anniversary and Community Builder reception is General Motors along with sponsors: Macy’s, UCR, and Wells Fargo.

Guests are encouraged to also attend The Green Economy and Sustainability Symposium and Mini Job Fair which will take place from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. There will be a Q&A session on the current job trends, green economic development, and job opportunities. Workforce Development, EDD, Robert Half & Associates and AppleOne will be available to speak with potential applicants. Sponsors of this event are Riverside Public Utilities and The Southern California Gas Company.

For more information, please contact Anna Wenger at (951) 682-6070 or RSVP by sending an e-mail to rsvp@blackvoicenews.com with the number of attendees. Seating is limited.

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