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Gracia Molina Enriquez de Pick - Hispanic Heritage Honoree

Between 1998 and 2016, KPBS partnered with Union Bank to recognize heroes in San Diego's diverse communities.

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28 Days Of Black Film History

See all the daily posts from February tracking 100 years of Black cinema from silents to superheroes

Feb. 2
By Beth Accomando

Follow this blog for daily posts about films made by Black directors that are important or noteworthy in the evolution of Black cinema.

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Andra Day Channels Billie Holiday In New Biopic

'The United States Vs. Billie Holiday' is now streaming on Hulu

Feb. 26
By Beth Accomando

Billie Holiday died at the age of 44 in 1959. She leaves behind a legacy of great songs rendered in her uniquely evocative vocal style. But the new film "The United States Vs. Billie Holiday" (now streaming on Hulu) wants to remind us of the harassment she was subjected to by law enforcement.

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Remembering A San Diego Civil Rights Leader

Feb. 17
By Amita Sharma

Trunnell Price, co-founder of the San Diego Black Panther Party, died last month at 72. He helped start the local chapter while a student at SDSU in the 1960s.

Ret. Admiral Larry Cleveland Chambers is honore...

First African-American Commander US Navy Aircraft Carrier Honored In San Diego

July 3, 2018
By Jade Hindmon

San Diego County’s Urban League hosted a salute to African-American military leaders. One of those leaders, who made naval history, is retired Admiral Larry Cleveland Chambers. He commanded the USS Midway.

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Juneteenth: An American Holiday

June 19, 2018
By Jade Hindmon

Juneteenth is an American Holiday, often overlooked. But what's also called African American Independence Day is as significant to our history as the Fourth Of July.

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Meet Black History Month Local Hero Marc Chery

Black History Month 2016 Honoree

Feb. 4, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Marc Chery is a dedicated public servant. He's worked with boundless amounts of books and people in his San Diego tenure. And for all this work and effort, he's been nominated as a Black History Month honoree.

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Meet Black History Month Local Hero Makeda Marianne Cheatom

Black History Month 2016 Honoree

Feb. 2, 2016
KPBS Local Heroes Project

Black History Month Local Hero Makeda Marianne Cheatom is a woman on the go. But there's one place in San Diego more special to her than others, and her work there led to this nomination.

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Dr. Gail Knight Inspires as First African-American Woman Chief of Staff at Rady Children’s Hospital

Black History Month 2015 Honoree

Feb. 2, 2015
By Monica Medina

In Dr. Gail Knight’s office is a wall of photos of patients she has treated. They are mementos of childhood milestones—birthday celebrations, family vacations and graduations. Though she hasn’t treated most of them in years, Knight's pride in them shines through. The pride in knowing that through her work these children are thriving.

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Black History Month Local Heroes Jones & Wooten Strengthen Bonds Between Fathers and Children

Black History Month 2015 Honorees

Jan. 26, 2015
By Monica Medina

Andre Jones and Aaron Wooten know first-hand the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. Jones grew up with his father, Wooten did not; and though their lives took different paths because of it, the two have come together to run Father2Child. The program has one goal: to strengthen the bonds between African-American fathers and their children.

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Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis: The Story Continues

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 4, 2014
By Monica Medina

The Montford Point Marines are a little known part of U.S. military history. Born out of necessity, when African American men were first drafted to serve in World War II, the legacy of the Marines who trained at Montford Point in North Carolina is a mirror of the times, back when segregation and discrimination were par for the course.

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In the Presence of Greatness: Montford Point Marines Jackson, Inge & Reavis

Black History Month 2014 Honorees

Feb. 3, 2014
By Monica Medina

True heroism. You can see it in their hands, brown and weathered. Their long fingers, slightly bent from the weight of the load they've had to carry. It's in their faces too, which exemplify a quiet dignity, and in their eyes, which glisten like gems from beneath the Pacific. An homage perhaps, to their time in Hawaii, Saipan, Guam and Okinawa. The crevices that line their faces and their somber, knowing smiles reveal a measure of the life they've lived.

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Cosmetologist Tessie Bonner Saves Lives Through Breast Cancer Prevention

Black History Month 2014 Honoree

Jan. 31, 2014
By Monica Medina

Tessie Bonner considers herself a "church lady," given that her religious beliefs are at the core of who she is and how she lives her life. But Bonner, whose friends and close associates tend to also think of her as "the little engine that could," seems to be so much more than any one label.

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Dr. Carrol Waymon, San Diego's Civil Rights Hero

Black History Month: 2013 Honoree

Feb. 1, 2013
By Monica Medina

“The San Diego City Council didn’t think it had a racial problem,” he says. “But when the city got caught up celebrating the death of the three Freedom Fighters, the city exploded, and that set the tone that maybe we do have problems. “

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The Museum That Chuck Ambers Built

Black History Month: 2013 Honoree

Jan. 30, 2013
By Monica Medina

Take a walk down Congress Street in Old Town and you’ll pass shops selling souvenirs, jewelry, and postcards. You may see a restaurant or two. But, walk too quickly and you’ll probably miss the little house near the corner of Congress and Conde Street.

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JiAel Brownell

Black History Month: 2012 Honoree

Feb. 6, 2012

JiAel Brownell is a teacher at the East Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. He also served in the U.S. Army as a translator in Korea and, with his background in linguistics and an appreciation for his country, he taught citizenship to recent emigrants. Brownell moved to Juvenile Hall to defend young people and help them succeed with the lessons he learned from his background in education, sports and fitness.

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