San Bernardino leaders Hardy Brown Sr. and former Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, founders and Publishers Emeriti of the Black Voice News will be honored at the upcoming Moreno Valley College’s Sixth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast where they will be presented with the college’s 2019 MLK Legacy Award.
For nearly half a century the Browns have served the inland community in immeasurable ways. For more than 46 years the Black Voice News has been a source of news and information in the African American and broader inland community.
In addition to their advocacy on behalf of African Americans through their newspaper, the couple also established the Black Voice Foundation, Inc., whose exhibits have reached more 250,000 students, teachers and others.
Cheryl Brown (Brown photos by Benoit Malphettes)
Among the Brown’s other educational contributions is the highly acclaimed “Footsteps to Freedom Study Tour” which provides educators and others, opportunities to discover first-hand, the courage of a people who sought freedom, and to learn about those who helped them achieve it.
The Brown’s sphere of influence and commitment to serving others is far-reaching. Hardy Sr. served on the San Bernardino Unified School District Board of Education for 12 years and was the first African-American to lead the board as its president. Cheryl is a former member of the state assembly and currently serves on the state commission on aging and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of the community as a part of several local, state and federal organizations.
Hardy Brown (Brown photos by Benoit Malphettes)
The Brown’s enjoy success in their personal lives as well. Firstly, the couple celebrates 55 years of marriage and secondly, they instilled in their four children, Lynn, Paulette, Hardy, Jr. and Regina, a passion to work for the greater good of society. Each, in their own way are continuing their parents’ commitment of service to others.
The Sixth Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast will also feature keynote speaker Reverend Charles Lee-Johnson of the Corona Community Church. Lee-Johnson is also an Assistant Professor at California Baptist University in Riverside.
Tickets to the event are $30 and can be purchased by calling Moreno Valley College’s Admissions & Records office at (951) 571-6101. Monies from the breakfast will fund high school and college scholarships.
Header Photo: Keynote Speaker Rev. Charles Lee-Johnson