Members of the community gathered at the Civil Rights Institute in Riverside “Recording and Preserving,” a celebration of life for two community members, William (Bill) Howe Jr. and La Tonia Scoggins, by sharing memories.
The program featured words from loved ones about Howe Jr. and Scoggins. Friends and family members came together to remember them in song as Lauren Griggs and Nadine Richardson invited audience members to sing along with her throughout the program.
William (Bill) Howe Jr, a retired police chief, was remembered as the first Chair of the Community Police Review Commission with a dedication to accountability, oversight, and good police practices. Scoggins, who was endeared by friends as Peanut. They shared how it was her experience as a child in the foster care system in the late 1970’s that led to her character and empathy as she took others who were leaving the system as young adults under her wing.
Check out Black Voice News’s documentation of the day below!