“It is important to pay tribute to our local ‘Heroes’ and ‘Sheroes’ who work tirelessly to improve our everyday lives… Each one of our recipients have made a difference in our community and should be acknowledged for their efforts.” said Margaret Hill, Program Co-Chairperson of the Black Culture Foundation.
The Humanitarian of the Year Award winner is Tim Evans, founder of the Unforgettables Foundation. Tim has been serving African American children and families in churches and children’s hospitals across the United States as a pastor and children’s chaplain for over thirty years.
The Unforgettables Foundation was created to assist all families, many of them African Americans, who experienced hardships and lack of funeral funding. A sickle cell patient and a member of Temple Missionary Baptist Church was the first family that Tim assisted in the Inland Empire.
The Community Service Award winner is Dwaine Radden, Sr., newly appointed CEO of The PAL Center and PAL Academy High School. He revived a defunct Pop Warner football program and established the California Raiders, a minor league football team in San Bernardino. He has been a community mentor for athletes for over 22 years. This program provided an opportunity for young men ages 18-30 from different backgrounds to continue their football aspirations while giving back to a community in need of hope.
This year, the organization is presenting a Founder’s Award and the recipient is The California Gas Company. They paid for the first Miss Black San Bernardino crown and sash, provided a fundraising calendar for the organization, and paid for all the after parade volunteer luncheons for more than fifteen years, and has been a sponsor since the mid-1980’s. The Gas Company continues to provide scholarships to students in the San Bernardino area.
Other long time sponsors being recognized on this silver anniversary are: The City of San Bernardino, Edison International, Arrowhead Credit Union, San Bernardino City Unified School District, Dameron Communications, Derrick Vasquez, Community Hospital of San Bernardino, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Adeola Davies-Aiyeloja.
The Black Rose winners are as follows: Arthur & Fredda Davis Foundation, Angela Brantley, Keynasia Buffong, C.O.P.E., Walter Hawkins, Patricia Nelson, and Dr. Gary Thomas.
The Awards Banquet will be Friday, September 12, 2014, at the National Orange Show, Valencia Room, 689 South E Street (entrance on Arrowhead Avenue). Social hour is 6 p.m. with dinner and program beginning at 7 p.m. The cost for this event is $60 per person or $600 for a table of ten.
Please contact Margaret Hill at (909) 864-3267 or (909) 991-6422 for tickets.
The Black Rose was the brainstorm of Dr. Juanita Scott, Jim King and Jeffrey Hill, who was a close friend and play son to 2014 Program Co-Chair Margaret Hill.
“I can still remember the Black Culture Foundation meeting more than 25 years ago where Jim King and Jeff Hill started discussing how there are so many people doing great things but never getting recognized,” Margaret Hill said. “Then Dr. Juanita Scott, and perhaps the rest of us chimed in. We all thought it was a great idea to have this special celebration for unsung heroes.
The idea of Black Roses was King’s idea.
“We were all taken aback by it at first,” Margaret Hill said. “Jim explained that since Black is often known as being negative, and roses are known for being beautiful, it was appropriate to combine them into Black Roses, which changes the myths about Blacks.”
Since 1990, the Black Culture Foundation has honored some of its heroes with Black Rose Awards. It has also bestowed special awards on some since the beginning.
- It established the Humanitarian of the Year Award its first year. It was named in honor of Dr. Juanita Scott because of her dedication and financial commitment to the Black Culture Foundation. Jim King received the first award.
- It established the Commitment to Community Service Award in 2006, giving that award in honor of Margaret Hill in recognition of her volunteer work in the cities of San Bernardino and Highland. Veatrice Jews received the first award.
- It established the Jim King Special Community Service Award in 2009, which is presented only every five years. Brian Townsend received the first award in 2009 for providing the African-American community with helpful and relevant information by publishing the Precinct Reporter and for his community service.
The deadline to nominate an unsung hero for the Black Rose Awards is Thursday, July 31. Applications can be downloaded from www.sbbcfoundation.org. After carefully filling them out, email them to Margaret Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Program Co-chair Troy Ingram at email@example.com or in regular mail to The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 7288, San Bernardino, CA 92411.
The Black Culture Foundation seeks sponsors to make the celebration gala a success. It offers several levels of sponsorship.
- Gold Sponsor for $2,000 (receives full-page ads in the Black Rose and Miss Black San Bernardino pageant programs, 12 tickets to the Black Rose Awards, and the company logo listed on the Black Culture Foundation website and marketing materials.)
- Silver Sponsor for $1,500 (receives full-page ads in the Black Rose and Miss Black San Bernardino pageant programs, 10 tickets to the Black Rose Awards, and the company logo listed on the Black Culture Foundation website and marketing materials.
- A half page ad (no tickets) for $250
- A fourth-page ad (no tickets) for $125
- A business card (3 ½ x 5 ½) ad for $50.
- Anyone who received a Black Rose Award during the first 24 years can have their photo in the event program for $50
- Anyone can have their name listed in the program for $25
24th Annual – 2013 Humanitarian of the Year was A Majadi. The 2013 Commitment to Service Award went to Ron Cochran. The Black Rose recipients were: Eula Charles, Miriam Vickers, Keyisha Holmes, Judge Richard Fields, Kennon Mitchell, Ed.D, Pastor Robert Fairley, George Bowser and Anita Dimery.
Tickets for this event are $60 per person or table of ten for $600. Table sponsors will be acknowledged at Black Rose Awards.
Checks should be made to the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation (SBBCF)
For more information call (909) 864-3267.
(San Bernardino, CA) The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc. will be celebrating its 25th Annual Black Rose, Humanitarian of the Year and Community Service Awards Banquet on Friday, September 12, 2014, at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.
This is a community event in which individuals and/or businesses of the community are recognized by their peers and the community for giving back beyond what could be expected as well as serving as a fundraising event to help provide scholarships for students who live in San Bernardino and Highland and attend San Bernardino City Schools, Aquinas, and Loma Linda Academy.
Applications are now being accepted for potential nominations. If you know someone or a business deserving to be recognized as an unsung hero for volunteer efforts over and above job related activities, please take the time to complete an application which can be downloaded at www.sbbcfoundation.org or by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Troy Ingram at email@example.com.
THE DEADLINE DATE FOR SUBMITTING NOMINATIONS IS JULY 31, 2014.
Application can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or mailed to:
The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 7288
San Bernardino, CA 92411
If you would like more information about this event or to schedule an interview with Troy Ingram or Mrs. Margaret Hill or becoming a San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc., member, please contact Evelyn Garcia at (909) 888-1696 or visit our website: www.sbbcfoundation.com
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Now is the time to nominate unsung heroes in your community for the 24th Annual Black Culture Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year, Community Service and Black Rose Awards, which take place Friday Sept. 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the National Orange Show Renaissance Room, 689 South E Street.
“It’s important that when you nominate someone who you believe has made a difference in your community, that you talk to them,” said Margaret Hill, outgoing program chair of the Black Rose Awards and a member of the Black Culture Foundation.
“When you talk to the person you may find out that they have done a lot more than you realize. We recommend that when you nominate someone you are very detailed in your write-up,” says Hill
To nominate someone for this award, go to www.sbbcfoundation.org to download a nomination form, or email the incoming chair Troy Ingram at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations are due by July 31, 2013.
A committee consisting of five members who includes two (2) San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc., members and three community citizens who are not members of the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, Inc. does the selection.
Hill says the awards program focuses on all volunteers, organizations, and individuals no matter their ethnicity or residency. The Black Rose Awards is a diverse program that honors all unsung heroes.
The Foundation is now selling tickets to the award ceremony at the price of $60 per person, until Aug. 17. Tickets purchased after that date will be $75.
To order tickets or reserve a table, contact Troy Ingram at email@example.com.
(SAN BERNARDINO, CA.) Dr. Martin Luther King’s status is showing wear. The 11-foot tall historic monument is deteriorating, the coating of paste wax has dulled, and the base is cracked. To solve the problem more than 30 local groups and community leaders have come together to carry out a sole mission of ‘Saving the MLK Statue’.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. monument has been a treasured landmark since 1981 when it was placed in front of the City Hall of the City of San Bernardino.
The statue is considered the first ‘bigger than life statue’ of Dr. King in the world. It now is in serious need of repair and warrants professional renovation and a plan for sustained maintenance.
The group quickly recognized that city funds are not available for the restoration and maintenance of the statue there will be an effort to raise funds from private and corporate donors, as well as, to seek grants and other sources of revenue.
“We are also committed to ensuring young and old people alike do not forget Dr. Martin Luther King, his mission and legacy and what the statue stands for: Civil Rights, Equality, peaceful co-existence, and respect for the use of power, the struggle, challenge and the plight for the Dream to live on,” said Francis Grice committee member.
Our goal is to have the statue renovated and ready for unveiling at a celebration scheduled for January 2013, said Grice.
The committee is in the process of procuring a contractor for the restoration. The initial renovation will cost approximately $8,500 with an annual maintenance charge of approximately $1,500.
The Black Culture Foundation has agreed to use their 501(C)3 as a conduit to raise and disperse the project’s funds.
The pressing need to restore the statue to its original condition and to insure its maintenance has become the impetus for public-spirited citizens of the greater San Bernardino area to commit themselves to the following objectives:
- To assure the ongoing maintenance of the statue through the creation of an Endowment, the income from which would be used for the maintenance of the statue including providing adequate insurance.
- To develop a master plan for the beautification and enhancement of the area immediately surrounding the statue including attractive landscaping.
- To create an educational component to the statue that would be used by schools in their teaching of American history, attract visitors, and serve to develop a greater appreciation of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- To develop a master plan for the beautification and enhancement of the entire City Hall plaza area with the aim being to make it a tourist attraction.
For more information or to submit your donation in person, please contact any member of the MLK Statue Fundraising Sub-Committee: Joseph Williams (909) 754-1068
All checks should be made payable to: Black Culture Foundation. Checks may be mailed to: E. Garcia, P O Box 7288, San Bernardino, CA 92411.
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) “Our 21st annual Black Rose Awards,” says Margaret Hill, program chairman, “honor community leaders who have graciously given of themselves to make our area the best it can be.”
The Valencia Room of the National Orange Show (689 S. East Street in San Bernardino) will be the site of this gala ceremony on Sept. 10. The San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation will recognize eight award recipients.
Heading the list as “Humanitarian of the Year” is Mr. Dorthey “Dorty” Gray who has retired from Southern California Edison and is now simply known as “Coach.”
Selected for the “Community Service Award” is the Rev. Floyd Lofton, assistant pastor of San Bernardino’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church.
A half-dozen outstanding individuals in San Bernardino County will receive the coveted “Black Rose Award.”
§ Pastor Larry Campbell is the senior pastor at the city’s St. Paul A.M.E. Church
§ Sam Handley is the Highland Family YMCA’s Associate executive director
§ Best-selling local author, Janice Higgins, is the founder and director of Project R.A.G.E. (Release of Anger and Guilt Through Empowerment)
§ From Sovereign Employee Benefits, Inc. is CEO Ron King
§ Will Larkin is an area real estate investor
§ The Director of Youth Action Project, Inc. (YAP) is Joseph Williams
Other nominees, granted “Black Rose Recognition” by the Black Culture Foundation, are Shauna Albright, John Coleman, Dr. Betty Daniels and Brenda Parker.
Hosting the evening’s ceremony for the sixth consecutive year are California State University San Bernardino Professor of Theater Arts Kathryn Ervin and Dameron Communications Carl Dameron.
Tickets for the Black Rose Awards September 10 gala are $60 per person and $600 for reserved tables of 10. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. with the ceremony at 7 p.m. To order tickets or reserve a table, call program chairman Margaret Hill at (909) 991-6422.
“Don’t miss out,” urges Hill. “The evening will be one of the community highlights of 2010.”
The September 10 event, presented by the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation, will recognize recipients in three categories: the Black Rose; the Commitment to Community Service of the Year; and the Humanitarian of the Year.
Hosts for the gala evening, for their sixth consecutive year, are Kathryn Ervin, California State University San Bernardino Theater Arts professor, and Inland Empire public relations leader Carl Dameron of Dameron Communications.
“It’s vitally important,” says Ervin, “for the rest of us to be reminded of the many good things people here are doing.” Dameron adds, “I’m proud to be a part of providing our local heroes of all diversities with the recognition that is so often lacking, but always well deserved.”
The Friday evening ceremony will be in the Valencia Room of the National Orange Show, 689 South E Street in San Bernardino. “The doors open at 6 p.m. for a social hour,” notes Hill. “The awards will begin promptly at 7 p.m.. Tickets this year are $60 per person, with reserved tables for 10 at $600.” To order tickets or reserve a table, call Margaret Hill at (909) 991-6422.
Hill adds, “This is the chance for all of us to honor those virtually unrecognized individuals of the Inland Empire who have brought so much to our lives.”
To Ervin the Black Rose awards provide an opportunity to recognize local leaders, especially for youth. “The honors at the ceremony encourage young people to get involved, to help make our communities the best they can be.”
“The recipients have devoted their lives to helping others,” says Dameron, “and on September 10 it’s time to pay them back for all they have done. It’s time for the Black Rose Awards.”
Black Rose Award Winner Bishop Kenneth Wells
Black Rose Award Winner Norm Nunez
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – The Black Culture Foundation has seen a lot of good things happening in the Inland Empire’s African-American communities over the last 20 years.
This month, the organization will honor 20 people who are largely responsible for the good things going on now, through its 20th anniversary edition of its annual Black Rose Awards program. The recipients receive their awards in a gala celebration, taking place 6 p.m. Friday, Sept 11 at the National Orange Show Valencia Room, 689 South E St., San Bernardino.
“We appreciate everyone who is willing to give his or her time and commitment to make a difference in the lives of others,” said Program Chairman Margaret Hill. “This is not an easy task for many and it takes a special person to give over and above each day, each hour and each minute. These recipients, and all of the ones recognized the previous 19 years, are phenomenal.”
Award winners are Black, White, Hispanic and other diverse citizens. They include city and state leaders, educators, key law enforcement officials, doctors and numerous members of organizations who take their clubs’ commitments to community service above and beyond the call of duty.
Three of the 20 are singled out for special recognition.
One of these is Precinct Reporter publisher Brian Townsend, who receives a new award, the “Jim King Founders Award.” King, the only one of the three founders of the Black Rose Awards program who is still living, chose to give a special award this year in honor of the program’s 20th anniversary, and selected Townsend as the recipient.
Townsend is recognized for his commitment to providing relevant and helpful information to the Inland Empire African-American communities through his weekly newspaper, and also for editorials that have influenced public policy to the good of African-Americans.
In 2005, Townsend served as chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association Foundation, an organization made up of more than 200 newspapers focusing on African-Americans. That year, the organization named then-Senator Barack Obama as its “Newsmaker of the Year.”
In addition to his work at the Precinct Reporter, Townsend is on the Board of Directors for the Arrowhead United Way and on the Executive Board for the Alliance for Education.
“I am deeply honored that I was chosen for this award,” Townsend said.
The other special award winners are Cordelia Revels, the Humanitarian of the Year and Frank Washington III, who receives the annual Commitment to Service Award.
Revels has been a community volunteers since the late 1970s, first working with incarcerated women in the Denver County Jail system, then with youth in the San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall when she moved to Highland in 1981. She worked with these teens for more than 20 years.
Washington is a past president of the Black Culture Foundation, an active member of the Masons and a member of the San Bernardino Feeding Coalition, which feeds sick, shut-ins and homeless people on Christmas Eve. He also assists in food and clothing drives, and through his work with all of these organizations helps involve youth in positive activities, including an annual campout in Lytle Creek.
Black Rose Award winners are:
Dina Walker, community outreach and engagement director for the recently approved Hardy Brown College Prep Charter School. This school, named for Black Voice News publisher and former San Bernardino City Unified School District governing board president Hardy Brown Sr., will open in San Bernardino’s Westside in Fall 2010. She also volunteers with other education causes, including the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Alliance for Education, Family Involvement and Literacy Task Force.
Wil Greer, who with his wife LaTanya, founded Arroyo High School’s Ujima Academy. This Saturday enrichment program works with Arroyo’s students to improve their English and math skills, prepare them for the California High School Exit Exam and prepare them for college.
Bishop Kenneth Wells, founder and pastor of the Spirit of Love Christian Church and the bishop for all California churches in the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc., He is also senior advisor for the Southern California Gospel Announcers Guild, and brings gospel entertainers to the Inland Empire.
Hilda Kennedy, executive director of AmPac TriState Certified Development Company, a Grand Terrace business that helps small and start-up businesses obtain credit. She also speaks at women’s retreats, teaches etiquette, and helps plan Fontana’s annual women’s conference.
Dr. Astrid Mickens-Williams, coordinator of the Network for a Healthy California, African-American Campaign. This organization encourages moms and others who are in charge of the family’s meals to make healthy food choices. She also gives community presentations on the importance of early and regular prenatal care.
Mary Potts, who teaches and volunteers at her church, New Hope, where she has been a member since 1962. She also is involved in a sorority and the Kiwanis Club.
Bobby Vega, a San Bernardino Westside native who growing up was influenced by various youth organizations serving the area, and for the past 20 years has given back to many of those same organizations. He created nationally recognized programs to steer youth away from drugs and gangs.
Radiant Rubies of Highland, a chapter of the Red Hat Society, a women’s organization known for community service. The Radiant Rubies have been recognized frequently for their community service in Highland and nearby areas, which includes baking deserts, buying dolls and clothing them for Operation Santa Claus and volunteering in the Loma Linda Veteran’s Hospital and the Highland Library.
Mark Seay, a former San Bernardino High School and NFL wide receiver, who now works as the manager of community relations for Stater Brothers’ Market and gives inspirational speeches to young people about adversities he’s had to overcome in life.
Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto), who represents the 62nd District in the California Assembly. Rep. Carter has supported, and at times sponsored legislation to help advance the status of her district’s African-Americans. Prior to being elected to the California Legislature, she served as a Rialto Unified School District governing board member, where her support of students led to the naming of the district’s third high school in her honor.
Dr. Diane Woods, president of the African-American Health Institute of San Bernardino County. Five years ago, after conducting research in all areas of the county, this organization published a comprehensive study showing that Blacks in San Bernardino County die, on average, 13 years earlier than Caucasians. The organization has since devoted its efforts to resolving this disparity.
James Ramos, chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, and the first Native American elected to the San Bernardino Valley Community College District governing board, which he currently serves as president. He is also a member of Arrowhead United Way, the San Bernardino County Museum, the Inland Empire Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the San Bernardino Valley College Foundation, and the KVCR Educational Foundation. His organization, James and the Bird Singers, travels nationwide building awareness of Native American contributions to society.
Jeffrey Johnston, who has made the San Bernardino chapter of the National Football Foundation one of the most active chapters in the nation, just five years after its inception in 2004. The chapter hosts activities to help develop coaches and players, both academically and in their sport. Johnston has led eight of these workshops over the past three years for about 700 students and their parents. He also volunteers with other football-related organizations that help improve the game and help kids achieve success on the field and in the classroom.
Norm Nunez of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, who is highly regarded for his work in both African-American and Hispanic communities. He represents the Sheriff’s Department at career fairs and is the “go-to” person for the Sheriff’s Citizen Advisor Committee.
Kent Paxton, coordinator of Operation Phoenix, San Bernardino’s crime-fighting agency, and the former head of the San Bernardino Children’s Network. Paxton was raised in Fontana and has lived in San Bernardino most of his life, where he has made helping at-risk children his passion.
Terry Boykins, executive for business affairs at 4 Positive Knowledge, a company that promotes child safety and helping teens to make positive choices. He organized a local Million Fathers March, and has dedicated his time to encouraging fathers to be involved with their families and their community. He also organized the San Bernardino County Youth Foster Conference, attended by more than 300 foster children.
Calvin White, who was a middle and high school counselor and principal for almost 40 years. He also volunteers with his alma mater, the traditionally Black Grambling State University in Louisiana, by representing the school at job fairs in California. He now organizes a career awareness event for middle school students and volunteers with his Kiwanis Club.
To order tickets or reserve a table, contact Margaret Hill at (909) 864-3267.
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Some people have made a career of helping others. And some have done even more than that.
If you know someone whose passion is to help make the community better for others, , the Black Culture Foundation wants to know about them. It is seeking nominations for its Black Rose, Humanitarian of the Year and Community Service awards.
“We are looking for someone whose volunteer efforts go over and above their job related activities,” said Margaret Hill, program chairman of the Black Culture Foundation. “These are unsung heroes, people who volunteer with multiple organizations or give all of their spare time to one. They never seek their own glory, but simply want to make their community a better place to live.”
To nominate someone for this award, contact Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (909) 864-3267. Nominations are due Friday, July 31.
Although the awards program focuses on the Black community in San Bernardino, Hill says, an award winner need not be Black, nor a resident of the city. Many community leaders in law enforcement, education and other public venues have been recognized, and people living in places such as Riverside, Chino, Rialto and Fontana have received the awards in honor of work done to benefit the Inland Empire as a whole.
The Foundation is selling tickets to the awards ceremony, which takes place, Friday Sept. 11 at the National Orange Show – Valencia Room, 689 South E Street, San Bernardino.
Tickets purchased before Aug. 14, 2009 are $50 per person, or $500 for a table of 10. Tickets purchased after that date are $60 per person or $600 for a table of 10.
To order tickets or reserve a table, contact Hill at (909) 864-3267.
(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Black Culture Foundation will crown Marion and Charlotte Black of Rialto as the Senior King and Queen 2009 on Friday, Feb. 6.
The couple will be crowned in an invitation-only reception. To RSVP, call Margaret Hill at (909) 864-3267.
“The Black Culture Foundation selects senior citizens who are involved in the community every year for this honor,” said Margaret Hill, program chairman.
Marion Black is a deacon and a member of the Board of Directors for several ministries at Ecclesia Christian Fellowship Church, and is a past recipient of the Taft Newman Award from his church. He is also a member of the San Bernardino Kiwanis Club and works with its Key Club at San Bernardino High School and is a past recipient of its Harry Rheubotton Award. He’s an Ambassador for the San Bernardino Area Chamber of Commerce and has previously been named its Ambassador of the Year three times.
Marion is a long time supporter of the YMCA. He’s also a member of the Volunteer Center of the Inland Empire, the board of Advisors for California State University, San Bernardino, the Black Culture Foundation and the Civil Service Commission of San Bernardino County.
Marion Black is also the board chairman of the Provisional Accelerated Learning Center (PAL Center) and a member of the board for the Life Stream of San Bernardino and Riverside. He has received citations from the League of Women Voters as a Citizen of Achievement.
Charlotte Black has supported her husband in his endeavors, while maintaining her own involvement in community activities. She is the vice president of her chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, where she’s held local and regional positions. She is also a member of Sunrise Church of Rialto and is involved with several of its ministries.
The ceremony and reception crowning Marion and Charlotte Black as Senior King and Queen is sponsored by Dr. Arturo Delgado, superintendent of the San Bernardino City Unified School District and the San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation.