Author Marvin X Relives History of Black Arts Movement B.A.M


Marvin XAuthor Marvin X Relives History of Black Arts Movement B.A.M

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Legendary Broadway Singer/Actress Audra McDonald Returns To Valley for Historical Perfomance


SolwaziFresno’s award-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald is returning to the Central Valley to perform before an anticipated sold out crowd on February 28 at the L.J. Williams Theater.

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Our Journey to the Valley

Janet GlaudeSeveral African-American families are noted as moving to the Central Valley around the turn of the 19th century.

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The California Advocate

Reaching the Valley's Black Consumer Where They Live

The California Advocate Newspaper was founded in 1967 by Les and Pauline Kimber. The weekly newspaper has been a maverick for African American causes in a community once deprived of basic privileges affecting the livelihood of so many. Publisher Les Kimber took his campaign for equality to yet another level when he was elected to the Fresno City Council for two terms. The couple's son, Mark Kimber, is currently the publisher of the California Advocate, which serves the Central Valley. Mark initiated the newspaper's anxiously anticipated "Drum Major for Justice Award Banquet" each year which observes the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and honors notables from throughout the nation which are Drum Majors in their own endeavors.

Special Editions & Events

  • Salute to Graduates
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  • Black History Month

To honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., the Advocate holds its annual Drum Major for Justice awards banquet. This first class, black tie event continues to grow each year with 2,600 business and corporate participants. Past award recipents have included Angela Bassett, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Cicely Tyson and Shirley Chisholm to name a few.

The Advocate also publishes various Special Issues throughout the year, which include Black History Month, Christmas/Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King, Home Ownership, Employment, Salutes to Local Graduates, among others.

California Advocate Publishers

  • Les Kimber/Founder
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  • African American Holidays
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The California Advocate, Fresno's African American Newspaper, was founded in 1967 by Les and Pauline Kimber and is published every week. To subscribe to the California Advocate, click HERE for our subscription page.