Keep Shaping the Future

November 16, 2014 on a sublime and windy Sunday afternoon The Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy had the proud honor of graduating their Eleventh leadership class, at Riverside Community Health Education Center.

This talented eleventh EJGLA graduating class included a doctor, a minister, and a few politicians on the rise, a poet and poetess, an actress and an inspiring director. A few demonstrated leadership within their gifts and talents, proving that you are a leader in all that you do.

Way to go EJGLA Class #11! Keep shaping the future.

EJGLA, Eleventh class also said good-bye to Dr. Barnett John Wesley Grier, the eleventh child of the Grier family, who passed away at the tender age of 99 years and 6 months. Dr. Grier would have celebrated his 100 birthday on March 17, 2015: “Dr. Grier adored the Academy.”

There was a moment of silence for Dr. and Mrs. Grier, two brilliant people. What a legacy they left behind.

This year’s graduation theme was a great quote by De Saint-Exupery: “It is not for us to forecast the future, but to shape it.” The class colors were Black and Gold. These colors accented the beautiful ornamented banquet hall, in its marvelous fall colors of browns, yellows, and oranges. Beautiful black draped tables were adorned with crystal flora center pieces, as spools of lucid silk draped from a vaulted ceiling.

Randy and his five piece black clad band members serenaded over a hundred friends, family members, present and future EJG Leaders, and well-wishers alike. Captain Shelly Kennedy-Smith of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department awarded Certificates of Completion to fourteen of EJGLA graduates. Honorary Awards were also tendered by Desiree Wooten, representative of US Congressmen Mark Takano, Chris Manning, representative of State Assemblyman Jose Medina, Councilman Paul Davis, Ward 5, Janet Green, RCCD Board of Trustees, Virginia Blumenthal RCCD Board of Trustees, and Councilman Jim Perry, Ward 6 were present and cheerfully celebrating, the pinning of the 139th EJGLA Graduate.

One question was posed to the 11th EJGLA Future Leaders of Riverside.

“What are you going to do next?”

“I am serving on a Board,” answered one graduate; “I will advance my career within politics,” answered another; “I will be there for my community,” replied another.

Keep shaping the future, Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Academy along with the Riverside African American Historical Society and The Group.

Remember Leaders, “It is not for us to forecast the future, but to shape it.”

Until next time,

CF Hawthorne

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