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Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana
                           North Fontana Black Awareness Parade Committee


 

909 333-9950    Ellen Turner, President    Vernall Townsend, Vice President    Deborah Hall Lindsey, Event Coordinator 

The North Fontana Black Awareness Parade Committee was founded by Jessie M. Turner in 1968 as a coummunity based organization.  In the 60's racal tension was high in Fontana and the parade committee united the black residents and gave them hope.   IN 1970 THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ADOPTED NORTH FONTANA AS THE NORTH FONTANA PARKS AND RECREATION DISTRICT, GOVERED BY THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS. SOON AFTER THE ADOPTION, THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPOINTED MEMBERS OF THE PARADE COMMITTEE AS DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS. JESSIE TURNER WAS APPOINTED CHAIRPERSON. TED DAVIS AND AL CAFFEY WERE APPOINTED AS COMMISSIONERS, TO NAME A FEW. THE BLACK AWARENESS PARADE COMMITTEE WAS ESTABLISHED NOT ONLY TO ORGANIZE PARADES, BUT TO PLAY AN ACTIVE PART IN SUPPORTING THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. THE MEMBERS OF THE PARADE COMMITTEE HAVE BEEN RESPOSIBLE FOR SPONSERING THE MISS BLACK AWARENESS PAGEANT, PROVIDING THANKSGIVING BASKETS TO NEEDY FAMILIES, GATHERING TOYS FOR LOW-INCOME FAMILIES AT CHRISTMAS, PROVIDING EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE, LOCATING HOUSING AND MANY OTHER COMMUNITY-BASED ACTIVITIES.

WE HAD AN OUTSTANDING WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PRIOR TO NORTH FONTANA BEIN ANNEXED TO THE CITY. OVER THE YEARS WE HAVE CONTINUED THAT SAME RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CITY OF FONTANA. DUE TO THE MANY CHANGES IN OUR CITY, WE FELT IT NECESSARY TO RECONFIRM OUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMU ITY AND THE CITY FATHERS.

 On Sept. 25, 1978  Jessie Turner and her daughter Ellen took a long bus ride to Sacramento to incorperate  the Concerned Citizens for the Development of North Fontana  as a non profit organization and the Black Awarness Parade committee was the first committee to operate under the non profit.

The north end of Fontana was in the county and black people lived north of the city of Fontana ( baseline was the color line)  the first parade was from Highland Ave. through the tract (the tract was the housing tract were black people lived) the development was called Highland Haven. The parade was wonderful there were drill teams, bands, flots. The cast from Sanford and Son was the grand marshal followed by, Miss Black Awareness  and representative of the county board of supervisor road, as well as Mayor of Fontana, Mayor Simon, .and more everyone came out to see the parade. The children sitting on the father's shoulders, on boxes and  on top of cars.