An enthusiastic crowd kicked off public fundraising Monday, Oct. 23, for an Inland Empire civil rights institute in Riverside.

Some were men, some were women. Some were white, some were black, some were Latino and some were Asian-American. Some were straight and some were gay.

Many were old enough to remember when such a gathering wouldn’t have been possible — and that it’s only possible now because of hard work by people like those whom the Civil Rights Institute of Inland Southern California plans to honor, said Jack Clarke, Jr.

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