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Library’s WWI film series continues with screening of ‘Wings’

A.K. Smiley Public Library’s free World War I film series continues with a screening of the silent classic Wings at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 20, at the First Congregational Church of Redlands located at 2 W. Olive Street. As an added treat, the screening will include Bob Salisbury live on the organ!

Directed by a veteran WWI combat pilot, Wings tells the story of David Armstrong and Jack Powell as they enlist in the American Air Service, and Mary Preston who joins the war effort as an ambulance driver in France. Renowned for its realistic flying sequences, the film was the first to be awarded the Academy Award for Outstanding Picture, the only fully silent film to receive that accolade. Wings stars film legend Clara Bow, Buddy Rogers and Richard Arden.

This screening is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not required. To register or for more information on future film screenings, please visit www.akspl.org  or contact the Heritage Room at (909)798-7632. 

Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church Presents, “STOP Trafficking, START Acting”

RIVERSIDE, CA- The Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church presents, “STOP Trafficking, START Acting,” a place to learn more about the devastating issue of human trafficking and how you can help to stop it. This event is set to take place on Thursday, January 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church located at 5320 Victoria Avenue in Riverside.

Every day, in small towns and big cities, and in countries around the world, women and girls (especially) are being trafficked into a horrible life of sexual slavery. It is also happening in our backyard, right here in the county of Riverside. Come and join us to learn more about the heartbreaking horror of human trafficking, and what you can do to assist in stopping it. For this event, the following organizations have partnered: Soroptimist International of Corona, Riverside, and San Bernardino, Operation SafeHouse, The Grove Community Church and Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church. In addition, several anti-human trafficking organizations will be represented.

The event is FREE and open to the public for individuals 12 years old and over. Adults must accompany children. Donations of $10 will be accepted and greatly appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP at www.startacting.org.

Donna Brazile Delivers Keynote at California Legislative Black Caucus MLK Day Celebration

SACRAMENTO, CA- The California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) celebrated its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day breakfast “Black Voices: Reclaiming Our Influence” in Sacramento. The commemorative event featured veteran Democratic Political Strategist Donna Brazile as the Keynote Speaker, with additional remarks from CLBC Chair Chris Holden, Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, and members of the CLBC.

“We must always remember the rich history that surrounds MLK Day and reflect on how much work still remains to fulfill Dr. King’s dream,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “In a National environment where divisive rallies and demonstrations are on the rise, it’s critical for African Americans to unite and stand against hatred bigotry.”

Donna Brazile, former Chair of the Democratic National Committee delivered a dynamic keynote addressing the importance of unity, activism, and voter engagement within the current political climate. During the program, California Legislative Black Caucus Members recognized civil rights pioneers in their districts as 2018’s “Unsung Heroes.” The honorees included journalists, academics, social workers, activists and community leaders.

“This year’s ‘Unsung Heroes’ are pillars in the Black community” said Assemblymember Chris Holden, Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. “They continue the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their voices and actions.”