SAN BERNARDINO – In celebration of Black History Month, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino), a member of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, along with the Consulado de Mexico, the National Orange Show and the San Bernardino Art Association will co-host a photographic exhibit celebrating African heritage in Mexico.

Ebano: A Photographic Exhibit will highlight African contributions to Mexico’s growth and development.

“I’m honored to co-host this special event to recognize the rich heritage that exists between the African and Latino communities,” said Assemblymember Brown. “By hosting this event, I hope to encourage a better understanding of the significant role that Africans played in the development of Mexican culture.”

Mexican Consul Carolina Zaragoza Flores said, “Afro-Mexicans have made significant contributions to Mexico’s heritage of dance, song and music. Additionally, Mexico’s food, language and spiritual practices have been influenced by the descendants of Black slaves. I’m so proud to recognize and celebrate this extraordinary history.”

“The National Orange Show Art Gallery is very pleased to collaborate with Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown, the Mexican Consulate and the San Bernardino Art Association to mount an exemplary Black History Month exhibit recognizing the work of renowned photographers Nicolas Triedo and William Nord. This will be a celebration across cultures that will be of great interest to our communities,” said Dr. Ernie Garcia, member of the board of directors and curator of the National Orange Show Art Gallery.

The art exhibit will also feature African American art portrayed by well-known artists from the Inland Empire including Charles Bibbs, Alva McNeal, Maurice Howard, Johnny Bryan, Adeola Aiyeloja and Diane Young from Art 2000, a visual arts association founded by world renowned artist Charles Bibbs. Also, another special guest will include local artist Carmelita Acid-Hooks.

Ebano: A Photographic Exhibit will open on Saturday, February 1 at the National Orange Show Art Gallery. A brief program  will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by a light reception. The exhibit will run from February 1 to March 1. RSVP by contacting Josue Castillo or Ashley Jones at (909) 381-3238 or by emailing or

Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown represents the 47th Assembly District, which includes Colton, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Rialto, the southwest parts of San Bernardino, and the unincorporated communities of Bloomington and Muscoy.

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