RIVERSIDE, CA- The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is in final negotiations with the Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau to host the 38th AAAM conference in downtown Riverside in August 2016. The conference will be held for three days, attracting more than 1,000 curators, historians, librarians, museum professionals and cultural leaders from 200 museums, libraries and institutes from around the globe. The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit organization established to support African and African American focused museums nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African American art, history and culture. Riverside is the host city and the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum in Perris, is the host museum in collaboration with Riverside African American Historical Society, The Black Voice Foundation and the Riverside Convention and Visitors Bureau. To take advantage of hosting world’s foremost authorities in the preservation and promotion of African-American Culture to downtown Riverside, the Riverside African-American Festival Committee is planning to host a week long African-American Cultural Celebration to coincide with the conference. Previous AAAM conferences were held in major eastern cities including Charlotte, North Carolina; Washington D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; Tallahassee, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Birmingham, Alabama; St. Louis, Missouri and the farthest west, Denver, Colorado. The Riverside AAAM Conference 2016 is charged with raising the funds to host the conference. The initial fundraising goal is $15,000, with a third of the funds already committed. The committee is looking for business and community organizations, along with local leaders for sponsorships and advertising at the conference. For more information on sponsorships, advertising and promotions contact Carl M. Dameron at 909-534-9500.
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SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Up, up and away went the laughter, fun and words of appreciation. On September 21, Cal-Nev-Ha/Division 36 Lt. Governor Diane deBourguignon proudly pinned the newly appointed “Super Hero’s of Service” officer’s of ICK Club of San Bernardino. The club’s immediate past president, Wilbur Wilson, thanked former promoted officers and the new officers put on their super hero mask, dawned their super sabers and accepted their mission. Special guests who were in attendance included former Lt. Governor Elect Don Orosco, former First Lady Carolyn, Banning Mayor Debbie Franklin (also a member of Banning/Division 6 Kiwanis), and Lt. Governor Elect Reyes “Rocket” Rios (IC Kiwanis Club Member). Over 40 family, friends, community partners and members attended the affair. For those who would like to join Inland Center Kiwanis (ICK), they meet every Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at Denny’s, 702 E. Highland Avenue, San Bernardino, CA 92404. For more information, visit ickiwanis.webs.com or email email@example.com.
SAN BERNARDINO, CA- “We walk the steps our babies will never take.” That will most likely be the mantra of the participants of the 4th annual Walk to Remember-Inland Empire on Saturday, October 19 at Cal State San Bernardino. The remembrance walk commemorates the lives of families affected by the passing of a baby, through pregnancy lost, stillbirth or infancy loss of any kind. Registration to participate is $20 and check-in begins at 8 a.m. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. The walk is sponsored by the CSUSB Institute for Child Development and Family Relations. Two Cal State San Bernardino graduates, Amanda Balderrama (B.S. nursing, 2003) and Sarah Miles (B.A. human development, 2006), founded the non-profit organization, Walk to Remember-IE, in January 2010 after experiencing their own tragedies; each lost a son. Last year, more than 600 participants remembered and honored the memories of 104 babies. The walk raised more than $11,000. These funds were able to help with a broad range of projects. The funds raised by the 2012 Walk to Remember also provided supplies for a local peer support group to create keepsakes for the members’ babies and to celebrate their motherhood on the International Bereaved