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RAAHS Honors Dr. Barnett Grier & Mr. Herman Carpenter

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Dr. Barnett Grier Mr. Herman Carpenter (posthumously)

The Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc. (RAAHS) will hold their 12th Annual Dinner Meeting on Sunday, October 14, 2012 from 2:30PM – 4:30PM at Cal Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Yeager Center – 2nd floor (Copenbager Room). The guest speaker is Dr. Vince Moses. The honorees are Dr. Barnett Grier and Mr. Herman Carpenter.

Mr. Herman Carpenter, Sr. joined the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1960 after being honorably discharged from the Air Force. He was the 2nd African American to become Deputy Sheriff in Riverside, and the 1st African American to be promoted to investigator. He was later promoted to Commander of the Crime Lab, and retired 20 years later at the rank of Lieutenant. He then became a supervisor for the San Bernardino County Probation Department, Juvenile Hall, where he also served on the Spiritual Concerns Committee. After 13-years, he retired from Probation and became a licensed realtor. He was a member of the MLK Senior’s Club and the Riverside African American Historical Society. Mr. Carpenter passed away at age 80 on Sunday, July 1, 2012. He was an asset to our community and loved by all.

Dr. Barnett John Wesley Grier, until retirement, was a successful physicist, businessman, teacher, civil rights activist, and author of Trek to Equality: An Autobiography. He received his 1st degree as Cum Laude with a BS in mathematics and physics from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina followed by a distinguished career as a physicist with the National Bureau of Standards. In 1951, the Bureau relocated Dr. Grier to the Corona Laboratories, later known as the Naval Ordinance Laboratory of Corona. Dr. Grier earned a Ph.D in Ministry from the Claremont School of Theology. He was a Life and Founding member of RAAHS. As a team, the Grier’s served as an inspiration to others by effectively working together for the betterment of the community. The “Grier Scholarship Fund” is the legacy of their efforts to ensure equality for all. The Grier Pavilion, located in City Hall, will long stand as a monument to their will, their spirit, and their contributions.

Please RSVP to Cleda Givens-Bullock (951) 683-2505. The cost is $35.00.

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