On Saturday nearly 100 people joined the Voice and Mission Inn Museum to view an exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of Booker T. Washington’s visit to Riverside. Washington, one the most recognized American leaders of his time, was founding president of Tuskegee Institute as well as an influential White House advisor. His fundraising efforts for the school led him to Southern California and specifically to Riverside at the request of Frank Miller and members of the Congregational Church. At the anniversary event, Kenneth Morris, president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and Washington’s great-great grandson, gave a brief presentation on Washington’s legacy and how his story continues to inspire generations to pursue education and knowledge. He tasked attendees to continue to follow Washington’s example. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else,” he said, quoting his famous ancestor
Above Photo by Benoit Malphettes – Kenneth Morris; Morris greets Assembly member Cheryl Brown who spoke about her connection to the Washington family and the successful project that led to the placement of the Booker T. Washington bust located at the front entrance of the Mission Inn Hotel; Historic photo of Booker T. Washington and Mission Inn Hotel owner Frank Miller at Mt. Rubidoux in 1914.