‘A Night of Black Excellence’ honors community members in the San Jacinto Valley

Six San Jacinto Valley students receive Black Excellence Academic Youth Awards at Black Voices of the Valley’s Black History Celebration, Saturday, Feb. 26. Valley News/Joel Ortiz photo
Black Voices of the Valley held its first Black History Celebration, “A Night of Black Excellence” Saturday, Feb. 26. The sold-out event, which members plan to make an annual affair, celebrated excellence within the San Jacinto Valley. Twelve recipients received awards which recognized small businesses, pillars of the community and youth academic excellence. Sponsors included Altura Credit Union, Blazed Utopia, Walmart and the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.“Our mission is to elevate our community and build local power allowing us to intervene in the challenges that are imposed upon the Black community,” BVOV Interim Director Stephanie Bruce said. “We plan to change the narrative of broken homes, homelessness, lack of education or the lack of furthering education, ster
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