Rialto Black History Committee celebrates MLK Jr.  Day with 33rd annual luncheon

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IECN photo courtesy Office of Assemblymember Reyes: The Rialto Black History Committee held its 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon “Staying in Faith” at the Elks Lodge in San Bernardino on Monday. Pictured front row from left: San Bernardino Community College District President Joseph Williams, SBCCD Trustee Dr. Anne Viricel, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, San Bernardino Valley College President Diana Rodriguez, Shalita Tillman and RBHC scholarship recipient Louis Redd. Back row: SBCCD Trustee Frank Reyes and James Tillman.
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Over 200 people attended the Rialto Black History Committee’s 33rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon at the Elks Lodge in San Bernardino on Monday. This year’s theme was “Staying in Faith.”

According to RBHC Founder and President Hattie Inge the purpose of the event is to highlight cultural awareness. “The event is not a fundraiser, but to keep the recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. out there,” Inge explained. “It also celebrates the goals that Martin Luther King set for us as humans and as a community.”

IECN photo courtesy Lea Michelle Cash: The Rialto Black History Committee presented gifts to and acknowledged the luncheon’s eldest golden-agers Altamese Hudson (left), 85 and Odessa Bragg, 90.

Dr. Michael Owens, Jr. of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church delivered the keynote address.

“Black people endured all the indignities the world can throw at us, and we were not content to merely live through it, we were determined to be made stronger by it,” Owens declared.

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RBHC recognized its minority college scholarship recipients – Rialto High graduate Kalynne Brantley who recently started attending Cal State San Bernardino, and five continuing college students who are past scholarship recipients – Teizjell Lavender, Cal State San Bernardino; Agustin Rolon, Valley College; Louis Redd, Chaffey Community; Diana Bui, UC Irvine; and Aleya Blackman, Univ. of N. Texas.

Scholarship amounts begin at $500.

Dignitaries in attendance included Sen. Connie Leyva, Assemblymember Eloise Reyes, Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, Councilmen Joe Baca Jr. and Rafael Trujillo, San Bernardino Community College District Trustee

John Longville, and former Assemblymember Cheryl Brown.

The RBHC welcomes membership of individuals across all cultural backgrounds.  For information, please call (909) 874-2989.

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