Wakeland CEO Ken Sauder (at right) with local leaders at the Civil Rights Institute fundraising kick-off
Inland Empire Leaders Join Wakeland in Announcing New Civil Rights Institute
October 25, 2017
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Earlier this week, elected officials including State Senator Richard Roth and Assemblymember José Medina joined Wakeland and our partners from the Fair Housing Council of Riverside County (FHCRC) to announce the first-ever Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California.
The Institute, which will provide public programming and exhibits on the area’s rich civil rights history, is the cornerstone of Wakeland and FHCRC’s Mission Heritage Plaza development in downtown Riverside, which will also include 72 affordable homes, community meeting space and new offices for FHCRC.
The Oct. 23 kick-off event also served as the launch of the fundraising campaign for the Civil Rights Institute, which is already 30 percent of the way toward its $1 million capital campaign goal thanks to preliminary donors such as the Riverside African-American Historical Society.
“These days, it’s not often that we get a chance to come together and celebrate a victory for Civil Rights,” said Assemblymember Medina at the event. “By raising the money to create this new Civil Rights Institute, we are showing the kind of community we want to build – a community that recognizes and protects the rights of all people.”
You can support the Civil Rights Institute fundraising campaign at www.inlandcivilrights.org/donate