Last Updated on March 17, 2006 by Paulette Brown-Hinds


The Black Voice News, Black Voice Foundation, African American Historical Society, and the Elites Social Club will co-sponsor an event recognizing the 150th birthday of Booker T. Washington and commemorating his visit to Riverside in 1904 o­n Friday, April 21, 2006. Washington's youngest great granddaughter, Sarah Rush will be the guest speaker.

She has recently completed an inspirational book of her famous grandfather's sayings.

She also attended the unveiling of the Washington bust, sculpted by Bernard Edmonds, in 2004 that commemorated his 100 year visit to the Mission Inn in Riverside, CA.

In 1904, just before his death, Washington made his second trip west.

Philanthropists helped to fund the well known Tuskegee University, then a Normal School and Washington's trips west were part of his fundraising efforts. Born into enslavement, Washington was able to release the shackles of his past and make great achievements in his life. More and more people are looking back o­n his philosophy of self reliance and hard work, and see his vision as practical, but innovative. His work has left an indelible mark o­n our country. When he came to the Inland Empire he enthralled those who heard him speak.

The event will also feature a booksigning by Judge Paul Brady whose book covers the life of lawman Marshal Bass Reeves, Okalahoma's first Black lawman.

In celebration of Washington's 150th birthday, we have commissioned artist Charles Bibbs to create a piece.

Donations for the luncheon are $40. There will also be a souvenir journal that is available. Space is limited.

Call Cheryl Brown for information (909) 888-5040.