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Bunch New Smithsonian Secretary Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, June 6, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 44 Juneteenth and Intl Day of Drumming (See Page A-2) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter On any given Saturday, Trudy Coleman has been on the phone in recent months with fellow representatives from across 30 different states to collectively promote this years national Juneteenth theme of Remembering Our Ancestors. The tribute is all the more important because this is the 400th year since the irst enslaved Africans were forced to American soil. If it wasnt for our ancestors, we wouldnt be here and have the freedom we have today, said Coleman, regional director of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and in particular, the ones that came over on the ships. Were the survivors of the strong that survived the slave ships. On Saturday, June 15, the City of Pomona and J.E.T.M.A.C. Inc. presents its 29th annual Pomona Valley Juneteenth Family Arts and Jazz Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. It will be held at Ganesha Park, located at 1575 N White Ave, Pomona. Coleman is a long time partner with community leaders who pushed for legislation to establish every third Saturday in June, and June 19 as California National Juneteenth Freedom Day. It was signed by Gov. Gray Davis in 2002. For nearly three decades, she has organized the Juneteenth Festival in Pomona along with co-founder John Thompson. Since then, many petitions and bills have made it through legislation, but the last hurdle is getting Juneteenth established at the federal level. That way it will be recognized like Flag Day, and other holidays that are observed and on the calendar. We are still working collaboratively, she said. Right now, 45 states have written bills. She commended the late Dr. Ronald Myers, chairman and founder of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, for pouring a lot of personal energy into spearheading the charge to get Juneteenth recognized in Washington DC. Forty-five states have resolutions signed by all the legislators in their state, theyre actual bills, but we still need one signed at the presidential level, said Coleman, who is also CEO/ Founder of the Juneteenth Education Technology Mobile Arts Center, Inc. Across the nation, Juneteenth organizations began raising Juneteenth lags in celebration from the irst week of June, along with lags honoring the Buffalo soldiers. At the facility where Coleman and Thompson are hosting the event, she said there isn't actually a flag pole, but they will make do with what they have, for now. At the community center, were going to do our lag raising ceremony but it won't be the big flag, it will be temporary, she said. The VIP flag reception runs from 10-11:30 a.m., followed by a lineup of entertainment, including gospel concerts, African American and Latin jazz. The gospel is going to be off the chain, so I'd like to get the churches out there aware of whats going on, she said. The music is going to be something else this year, and theres more of it. In San Bernardino, Linda Hart, with the African American Health Coalition, said these types of events serve for awareness and allows the community to decompress from so many daily stressors. Were inundated with so many challenges that you have to find a balance within yourself and your family, regaining that balance within your home. On June 19, AAHC is partnering with Akoma Unity Center student drummers to celebrate the International Day of Drumming, part of numerous ceremonies that will be held at venues across the nation. Hart said the legislation, The 400 Years of African American History Commission Act, (H.R. 1242), is in recognition of the arrival of Africans to Virginia in 1619, and represents generations of the struggle. Graca Machel: Child Hunger Must Be Priority in Africa By Stacy M. Brown NNPA Newswire Economic growth in Africa has been impressive, but a sad reality remains: However prosperous, the results have had little impact on child nutrition. Graca Machel, the widow of former South African President and Freedom Fighter Nelson Mandela, said hunger is the most acute problem facing Africas children. Around 60 million children across the continent suffer from it. Not the mildly uncomfortable hunger that comes from skipping the odd meal, but permanent, relentless malnourishment, stunting and wasting, said H.E. Machel, a child rights campaigner who chairs the Africa Child Policy Forums international board. [Stunting is the impaired growth and development that children experience from poor nutrition, repeated infection, and inadequate psychosocial stimulation]. As of two years ago, 28 African nations depended on food aid, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - or FAO. One of the worst hunger crises of the past 25 years was the famine in East Africa in 2011/12, according to the FAO. In war-torn Somalia, 260,000 people starved to death, including 133,000 c h i l d r e n under the age of five. S u b - S a h a r a n A f r i c a is also a hotbed of c h r o n i c hunger due to extreme poverty, the FAO said. T h e organization notes the definition of chronic h u n g e r : people suffer from chronic hunger if their daily energy intake for an extended period of time is below what they would need for a healthy and active life. The lower limit is an average of 1,800 calories per day. According to this measure, 226.7 million people are starving in Africa. The countries most affected by extreme poverty and hunger in Africa are mainly those located south of the Sahara. One in four people suffers from hunger there - which means that the share of the worlds hungry is highest in sub-Saharan Africa, the FAO said. In the sub-Saharan region, 40 percent to 50 percent of people live below the poverty line, meaning they have a daily income that is on average below $1.25. This means that sub- Saharan Africa, along with southern Asia, is one of the poorest regions in the world. (Cont. on Page A-3) SBVC Remembers Spencer Watkins Super fans of coach Spencer Watkins are reflecting on the man that brought home many wins for San Bernardino Valley College, but more so, because his love for the game was only bested by his love for the people. His victories extended far beyond the basketball court. Jacqueline Moore, who served under Watkins for 17 years before his 2006 retirement as Dean of the Physical Education department, describes him as a natural born giver. Always sensitive, he was eager to help the students with whatever they needed, from mentoring, to food to bus fare. Even going in his pocket if students were hungry, and didnt have lunch or money. He poured his life into this institute regarding education, but caring for all mankind, said Moore, womens equipment specialist at San Bernardino Valley College Athletics. Moore, also a member of Black Faculty and Staff, said he supported his students and staff, but he also supported the community wherever he saw a need. If he could help, he would contribute to the cause. She said he will be always be remembered for his great attitude, and that anyone that knew him, liked him. He was kind and generous. He would give his heart if he could, she said. If you were down, he would try to uplift you. If you were hungry, he fed you. He was that kind of man. She said that he had a genuine commitment to keeping kids on the right path, and giving them a positive perspective to offset whatever negativity they may have felt. He always applauded them for their efforts. Watkins passed away last month. Having served as both the basketball coach and dean, longtime friend and colleague Clyde Williams said that Watkins brought so much to the academic table, but held an even greater role as mentor for many students and staff. Williams started at SBVC in 1979, two years after Walkins came to campus, and said that a major part of his legacy and contribution was in co-founding the Black Faculty and Staff, and as co-founder of one of the Black Graduation ceremonies on campus that continues until this day. He was just supportive of getting more faculty and staff of color on campus, he said. Williams said that he brought a lot of energy and dedication to helping the students, especially minority students, get into college and ensure that they can stay in college. Thats why the organization was started, to help minority students matriculate through the college system. He was their mentor and helped them understand how to work on a job, and become young men and women, he said. Williams said that his projects had longevity, and he created great team spirit within the staff. He knew how to move people around him in a positive way.He had a lot of personality and a good attitude, he said. He was direct and clear on how to explain to you when it was going good or bad.Willie Ellison, sports writer with the Precinct Reporter, remembers when Watkins (Cont. on Page A-2) The JazzZone Ensemble and the Freddy Collazz Sing- ers are part of the entertainment slated for the Juneteenth Celebration in Pomona.

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