Continued Engagement with the City of San Diego

Your branch has continued to engage the City of San Diego in an effort to land more contracts for firms of color, and more jobs for people of color.

Our delegation, led most ably by Vice President Francine Maxwell and Assistant Treasurer Wanda Rogers met with Mr Nagelvoort, Director of Public Works, and Mr Perkins, Deputy COO for Infrastructure and Public Works, among others, on Tuesday, January 29th.

We cannot say that we have progress yet, but we have found a couple of issues on which we can bring political pressure to bear, including applying SB 693 “Skilled Workforce” provisions to more City Contracts than just Pure Water. We will be continuing to engage with the City on this pressing problem of equity.


ACT-SO is off to a strong start in 2019.  We have many students signed up to compete in lots of categories, along with a strong group of mentors and judges.  See for yourself:

Of course we know that students will change their minds and trim down their competitions, or even enter new ones, but we’re definitely off to the races!

Important Deadline Passing

Today, January 31st, was the last day to enroll for guaranteed acceptance into this year’s Showcase.  That doesn’t mean we won’t accept more students–we will.  It does mean that students who come to us now will have to be better prepared and may have more limited choices, as we can’t find proper mentors and judges at the drop of a hat.  All that means:

Students! Waste no Time!

Volunteers, Mentors and Judges, Oh My!

While the students have to hussle, so does the adult community.  Our kids need you!  They need mentors and coaches to help them improve.  They need judges who can give them the crucial feedback they need at the Showcase to get better.  But they also need rides and help getting supplies and childcare for their brothers and sisters and food and cleanup and a thousand simple things.  You don’t need to be a high-powered artist or academic to help emerging African-American adults!

Adults — Show them you care.

Committee Changes

We’ve had some changes on the ACT-SO Committee.  Steve has moved into a back-office role, dealing with all the paperwork and logistics that go into running ACT-SO.  Renita and Kamaria remain, and we’ve added two new ACT-SO Committee Members; Philip and Maisha.  These are the folks students and parents will be seeing and interacting with from the NAACP San Diego Branch.

Renita Payno
– ACT-SO Co-Chair –

Renita is a veteran, the owner and sole proprietor of her own small business, and a mother of two. You will find her at many community events; just ask the …

Kamaria Allen
– ACT-SO Committee Member –

Kamaria has degrees in English and Psychology, has extensive administrative experience and currently works as a counselor to persons with developmental disabilities, and also volunteers with children and adults. She …

Philip Liburd
– Member at Large, ACT-SO Committee Member –

Maisha Kudumu
– ACT-SO Committee Member –

Maisha comes from a family of educators and was herself a three-time ACT-SO participant and Gold Medalist.

    Service Opportunities

    in the NAACP San Diego Branch

    Executive Committee

    The NAACP San Diego Branch, founded in 1919 and dedicated to the Civil Rights of all persons and eliminating race-based discrimination, is looking for leaders who would like to serve their communities through advocacy.

    We are looking for individuals who want to inform, connect, and empower our membership, so that we are a strong, vibrant organization, run from the grass roots on up.

    We expect all applicants to:

    • Be committed to the cause of Civil Rights
    • Be members of the NAACP San Diego Branch (join today)
    • Live or work in the greater San Diego area, south of the 56 Freeway
    • Have good communications and leadership skills
    • Have (or gain) familiarity with our bylaws

    We are seeking people who would like to serve in the following capacities as specified in our bylaws:

    • Assistant Secretary
    • Assistant Treasurer
    • Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Chair
    • Freedom Fund Chair
    • Labor & Industry Chair
    • Membership and Life Membership Chair
    • Young Adult Chair

    Our bylaws give the duties of each of these committees in a paragraph or so starting on page 38 (the Secretary is on page 34.) We  invite you to read the relevant section of the bylaws and then fill out a brief application form.  

    We will contact everyone who applies.

    Thank you for your interest in service with the NAACP San Diego Branch, and for whatever work you do, with us or with others, to help our Community thrive.

    Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Parade

    Dr Martin Luther King, Jr giving his “I Have a Dream” speech.

    Final Updates!

    T-Shirts are Here!

    The t-shirts are here. If you ordered a t-shirt, we have it for you. If you didn’t order a t-shirt, you can still pick one up in most common sizes. T-shirts cost $15. You may purchase one at the parade, or you may purchase one from 2-3pm on Saturday, January 19th at the NAACP Office, Room 388 of the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Avenue.

    Find Us by the Fountain

    The parade sets up between noon and 2pm on Harbor Drive between the County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway) and the Embarcadero. We will gather at 1pm by the circular fountain on the bay (Harbor Drive) side of the County Administration building:

    Please arrive by 1pm to be sure to have time to find us before the parade begins. Consider taking the trolley to the County Administration Building to avoid parking problems.

    About the Parade

    Read what the organizers, the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. have to say about the parade:

    Join us on Harbor Drive Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

    This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

    Come join thousands as we continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m.