Drew Naté | Voice 

Inland Empire native Commander Victor Glover, Jr. is a U.S. Navy Aviator and astronaut at NASA. 

On September 18, Glover is scheduled to attend the Chillin’ N Grillin’ BBQ comPITion at Fontana Park’s Sports Pavilion. 

Commander Glover was born in Pomona, graduated from Ontario High School, and went on to receive his bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly Pomona. 

In 2013 he was selected to become an astronaut and late in 2020, Glover piloted the SpaceX Dragon as a member of the four-person Resilience Crew-1.

Once onboard the International Space Station (ISS), Glover and his crew joined Expedition 64 where Glover became the first Black NASA astronaut to live on the international space station for an extended stay. The crew would spend 167 days in space aboard the orbiting research station before returning to Earth, splashing down in the Atlantic Ocean in the early morning hours of May 2, 2021.

“We are happy that Commander Glover, a real hometown hero, is going to attend the UNITY in commUNITY barbecue,” said Ellen Turner of the Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana. “He is an incredibly accomplished man who serves as a role model for all young people. He proves you can reach the highest levels, even the stars. We encourage everyone to come meet him on the 18th of September.”

In addition to the special appearance by Glover, live music will take place at the event courtesy of The Summit High School Band, Ballet Folklorico Amor Cultura y Tradicion from Fontana, and Great Oak Hill Varsity Step Team from Temecula will provide entertainment. 

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the first family member and $5 for each additional family member. Barbecue ribs and chicken will be provided and available for attendees.

“The event is kid friendly,” Program Coordinator Deborah Hall-Lindsey said. “We’ll have activities including a bounce house, car show, vendors and police and fire vehicles, including the SWAT truck that kids of all ages can climb on.”

The UNITY in commUNITY BBQ is a partnership with the Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana, Fontana Police Officers Association, and the City of Fontana. 

For ticket information and more details, visit https://blackawarenessparade.webs.com/.

Drew Nate is a recent graduate of La Sierra University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. As a student he researched and wrote on topics of interest including international climate change, social justice, fashion and criminal justice reform for the University’s student run newspaper.

Header photo: NASA.com

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