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Statement from Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown on Celebrating Black History Month

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown released the following statement today in honor of Black History Month:

"This month, I join my fellow Americans in celebrating Black History Month. When I think of Black History Month, I am reminded of the countless African American heroes that have made a powerful difference in our world including Martin Luther King, Jr., Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Bridget "Biddy" Mason, Ida B. Wells Barnett, and Rosa Parks, to name a few. I also celebrate our everyday heroes in the 47th District who have made a positive impact in our communities, those who have passed on and those who are still with us. I am honored to celebrate African American history and I respectfully salute those who came before us and those who are working in the trenches today.

"Please help me celebrate some local historic heroes of today: Lois Carson, San Bernardino Community College Board's first African American trustee; Dorothy Grant, community activist; Acquanetta Warren, Fontana's first African American mayor and city councilmember; Deborah Robertson, Rialto's first African American mayor; Wilmer Amina Carter, the Inland Empire's first African American Assemblymember; John Woods, San Bernardino's first African American school board member; Carl Clemons, first African American to be appointed to the San Bernardino Planning Commission; Faye Coates, former official songstress for the City of Rialto; Hattie Inge, founder of the Rialto Black History Month Committee; Draymond Crawford, banker; Jack Hill, businessman; Dr. Willie Roberts, educator; Calvin Pierce, first African American Marshal.

"Saluting the memory of those who have passed on: Dr. Dorothy Ingraham, educator; Dr. Howard Ingraham, first African American physician; Jessie Turner, community activist; Charles Redd, educator; Ted Davis, Fontana NAACP president; Sam Martin, first African American elected to the Democratic Central Committee and pioneer publisher; Harry Rheubottom, first African American to have a radio program; Norris Gregory, San Bernardino's first African American city councilmember; Art Townsend, publisher and community activist; Frank Tillie, mortician; Charlie Seymour, youth and senior citizen advocate; Rufford Johnson, first African American attorney; J.D. Greenwood, CEO of Greenwood Bail Bonds; Valarie Pope Ludlam, champion of the poor; Rev. F.R. Williams, St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church; Bill Porter, Buffalo Soldier; Mary McKinney, champion of the poor; Joe Sampson, Rialto's first African American city councilmember; P.K. Blakely, Golden State Insurance manager; Rev. David Campbell, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church; Norman Wilson, contractor; Anne Shirrells, youth advocate.

This is by no means a definitive list of heroes in our district. I invite you to send in your heroes so we may remember them as well."


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