FONTANA, CA- Residents throughout the County of San Bernardino gathered over the weekend to honor one of the most inspiring and influential activists in United States history. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is a testament to how the strength and service of one individual can uplift a community and collectively change the world,” Supervisor Josie Gonzales stated. “I was honored to join friends and colleagues at the Rialto Black History Committee, Inland Empire Concern African American Churches, and Bethel AME Church in Fontana to celebrate the life of such a historically iconic individual.”
RIVERSIDE, CA- Brooke Tolson, a senior at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside, was awarded the highly acclaimed Posse Foundation scholarship in Los Angeles on January 7. The Posse Foundation founded in 1989 identifies the best and brightest multicultural students from public high schools with exceptional academic and leadership potential. These students are awarded a four-year full tuition scholarship to attend one of 51 top colleges and universities in the nation. The Posse model is rooted in the belief that a small diverse group of talented students, a Posse, carefully selected and trained can serve as a catalyst increased individual and community development. For 25 years, Posse has awarded $668 million scholarship awards. Over 2400 students were nominated out of Los Angeles for the 100 scholarships that were awarded.
Brooke is in the top 10 percent of her graduating class and has a 4.33 GPA. She is involved in Cheer, Link Crew, BSU, the Adventure Club, California Scholastic Federation and National Honor Society, while having perfect attendance at King High School. She is a tutor at Mathnasium and has traveled to Haiti with Vacation Bible School to teach English. Brooke will be attending Pepperdine University in the fall to study elementary education with career aspirations of becoming a teacher. Brooke is the daughter of Gayla and Andamo Tolson and the sister of Enrico and Austin Tolson.
The 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be held this year on January 19 at the National Orange Show Valencia Room at 468 N. Arrowhead at 7:30 am. Tickets are $25.00 and may be purchased at the following sites, Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and Temple missionary Baptist Church.
This year’s speaker is Assemblyman Chris Holden a bright, articulate new star who is exhibiting dynamic leadership at the state capitol on behalf of our communities. His message will address the theme of “Remembering the Past to Strengthen the Future”.
IECAAC once again is sponsoring the event, community award recipients this year are Ratibu Jacocks, Creative Business Services, “Gertrude Whetzel Award”, Carolyn Tillman, “Public Service Award”, from the Office of County Schools, Andre Bossieux, “Public Service Award” of Behavioral Health Services, Westside Action Group, “Community Service Award”, Jack Hill, “Patriot Award”, of Jack Hill Catering Services, Beverly Earl, “Trailblazer Award” of Catholic Charities, and Keith Lee, “Beyond the Boundaries Award”, of San Bernardino County CAO Office.
It promises to be an atmosphere of unity and enjoyment as we salute and pay tribute to an honorable individual who dedicated his life to civil justice for us all.
For further information please call the IECAAC office at 909-474-7036