On May 15th the Inland Empire Alliance of Black School Educators (IEABSE) held their 5th annual “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child”, High School Black Graduate Recognition and Scholarship Ceremony at the Santos Manuel Student Union San Event Center on the campus of California State University of San Bernardino. Some key highlights of the evening was a recognition for excellence in education to educators Mary Shelton of San Bernardino High School and Earnest Rhone of Rialto Unified School and a spirited spoken word selection by Inland Empire High School students. Fraternities and Sororities representing local chapters of the “Divine 9” strolled in with their historical colors as onlookers clamored to get a glimpse of their entrance into the ceremony. San Bernardino High School graduate and Professor Anthony Blacksher of CSU, Long Beach and Mira Costa gave a rapid 10-minute battle rap style affirmation speech that reminded students that they have a heritage of greatness and to strive toward and to focus on the feeling of accomplishment they have at this moment. Blacksher stressed they must use that energy as fuel to propel them to future accomplishments.