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The Inland Empire has been no stranger to incidents of racism and has long been a key part of California’s civil rights battles.

In 2020, in the aftermath of the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd at the hands of police officers, the Inland Empire saw protests and memorials, despite the continuing threat of the pandemic.

I’m not about the talk, I’m about the walk,” said Colleen Wallace, the mayor of Banning and member of the Riverside County Alliance of Black Elected Officials, which formed earlier this year.

Protests in the Inland Empire, and around the world, were strikingly multi-racial.

He said the alliance’s goal is to make a State of Black Americans in Riverside County presentation, around Juneteenth 2021.

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