Black Culture Foundation

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2024 Black Rose Nomination Application

Looking for Black Heroes and Sheros in the IE

Photo Caption: 2023 Black Rose Award Winners – (From left) Accepted for Linda D. Wright; Arlington Rodgers Jr., President of the Black Culture Foundation; Rose Mayes, Humanitarian of the Year honoree; Gloria Macias Harrison, Black Rose awardee; Jim King, Foundation co-founder; Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, Black Rose awardee; Accepting for San Bernardino Community Hospital Dr. Ruby Skinner, Medical Director, and Roz Nolan, Chief Nurse Executive Officer, and Genevieve Echols.

“The Black Culture Foundation Celebrates the 31st Annual Black Rose Awards with our call for entries for the 2024 Black Rose Awards,” said President Ezekiel Adeleke

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Some people have made a career of helping others. And some have done even more than that.

“If you know someone whose passion is to help and make the community better for others, the Black Culture Foundation wants to know about them. We seek nominations for The Black Rose, Humanitarian of the Year and Community Service awards,” said Black Culture Foundation President Ezekiel Adeleke.

“We are looking for someone whose volunteer efforts go over and above their job-related activities,” said Carl M. Dameron Co-chair of the 2024 Thirty-first Black Rose Awards. “These are unsung heroes, people who volunteer with multiple organizations or give all of their spare time to one. They never seek their own glory, but simply want to make their community a better place to live.”

To nominate someone for a Black Rose Award, you can fill out the application online or email Dameron at blackrose@sbbcfoundation.org , or call or text him at (909) 534-9500. Nominations are due by November 30, 2023.

The awards program focuses on the Black community in the Inland Empire, Dameron says, but an award winner need not be a resident of the IE. Many community leaders in law enforcement, education and other public venues have been recognized and received an award in honor of work they’ve done that benefits the Inland Empire.

To become a volunteer or board member, call or text Dameron at (909) 534-9500 or email him at blackrose@sbbcfoundation.org. Nominations are due by November 30, 2023.

The 31st Black Rose Awards ceremony takes place on Saturday, February 3, at a location to be announced.

About the Black Rose Awards

The Black Rose Awards are a complement to Black History Month. The awards are sponsored by the Black Culture Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1968 by a small group of people who were concerned that, “…nationwide, our school systems have not yet incorporated Black history studies into regular school curriculums. Thus, all students miss the opportunity to learn more about a vital part of this country’s history.”

The Black Culture Foundation purpose “…is to foster an interest and a greater understanding of Black culture, to heighten community awareness of the accomplishments of Black people, past and present, and to plan, coordinate and direct an annual Black History Month parade and related cultural activities…[and] bridge the gaps that exist across cultural lines by bringing the local community together to celebrate this event in the spirit of unity and brotherhood.”

The Black Rose Awards are the Foundation’s showcase cultural event.

2024 Black Rose Nomination Application

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The Black Culture Annual Black Rose Awards event celebrates outstanding individuals as well as corporations in our communities.

The Black Culture Foundation, Inc., will like to present the 2023 Black Rose recipients:

Dr. Juanita H. Scott Black Rose Humanitarian of the Year

Rose Mayes, Executive Director Fair Housing Council of Riverside County

Black Rose Winners

Gloria Macias Harrison – San Bernardino Community College District Board of Trustees, Emeritus President Crafton Hills College, and Founder of El Chicano

Deborah Robertson – Mayor of Rialto, Founder of the Women’s Conference

Linda Wright, President/CEO of nonprofit Organization and Chamber of Commerce

Black Rose Corporate (Founder’s) Award

San Bernadino Community Hospital Administration and Staff

Dr. Margaret Hill Black Rose Youth Inspiration Awards


Jim King, Co-Chair Phone: (760)239-8200 email: blackrose@sbbcfoundation.org

Kristine Scott, Co-Chair email: blackrose@sbbcfoundation.org



2020 Senior King and Queen


Jesse and Vicki Lee Nicholas 2020 Senior Kings and Queens with other former past Senior Kings and Queens


2019 Senior King and Queen


Garry and Verlena Maxwell 2019 Senior Kings and Queens with other former past Senior Kings and Queens


2018 Senior King and Queen


San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation welcome 2018 Senior King and Queen Celestine & Don Griggs. Scholarship Awards recipients Jalen Stevenson and Jaylan Neal with R Corey Davis and former Senior Kings & Queens attending the Reception.
Scholarship Awards recipients 
Jalen Stevenson,  17 , student, Cajon H S, 4.85 GPA  in the Complete Honors/International Baccalaureate  Program.   Mr Stevenson intends to enroll at UCLA, to continue his progress toward graduate degree(s) in Clinical Psychology.
Jaylan Neal, 17, student, Cajon H S,   4.3 GPA,  in the International Baccalaureate Program.   Ms Neal intends to enroll at U C Riverside, in the Biomedical Sciences Program , enroute to complete medical school, as a Pediatrician.

Rosalind Belser – SBHS – 4.26 GPA                                                                                                          Griffin – Cajon High School – 3.92 GPA

San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation new President
Arlington Rodgers Jr.

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2016 Scholarship Awards Winners



Abraham Asari, Jasmine Alexander, Alexander Mattison, and Raelicio Morris


Miss Black San Bernardino 2015

MBS 2015


Desiree McKenzie

Miss Black San Bernardino Scholarship Pageant

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