CA-HI State Convention Delegate Election — September 5th!

The NAACP California-Hawaii State Conference will hold its annual convention from October 25th-27th in Los Angeles.  We are entitled to up to six voting delegates, and it is the hope of the Office of the President that we will send a full slate of six delegates, because we believe that it is time for our voices to be heard at the State level.  They spend a lot of time telling us what they the State Officers and Executive Committee Members want, and it’s time for us to tell them what we the people want.

Remember, the State Executive Committee can, by a simple vote, force us to cease to advocate for any position with which they disagree. Unlike our Executive Committee, all the General Memberships in the world can’t change a position that handful of people agree on. It behooves us to make sure those elected take our concerns seriously and that they have outstanding character.

To accomplish this, we need to elect those delegates at our September 5th General Membership Meeting.  To conserve Branch funds, and because the convention is practically in our backyard, we are going to propose that we will pay the registration fee ($75) as well as a $100 per night housing stipend for the nights of the 25th and 26th.  Delegates will be on their own for meals and extra conference activities.

Both the reimbursement plan and the election of delegates will be voted on this coming Thursday night, so please do make it a priority to join us, and don’t be shy about putting your hat in the ring if you’d like to represent your Branch to the State.

Setting ACT-SO 2019-2020 in Motion!

With our tour of Casa del Rey Moro (sorry, it’s full) ACT-SO is getting under way for the 2019-2020 season. We will be returning to favorite past activities, and planning exciting new ones. To refresh your memory, let’s cover the basics:

What is ACT-SO?

The NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

ACT-SO includes 33 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.  (For a very brief description of each category, please see our Categories page.)

For forty years the mission of ACT-SO has been to prepare, recognize and reward youth of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

Yeah, but SPECIFICALLY What is ACT-SO?

Students will, over the course of the school year, prepare a scientific paper, a play, an essay or other academic work (for a full listing, see our Categories page.)  The NAACP will provide mentorship and assistance all along the way.  At the end of the school year (specifically, April 4th, 2020) there will be a local showcase of student work, with expert judges.  Work that achieves the highest standard will get the student a spot in the national ACT-SO competition in Boston, July 16th-19th.  The NAACP San Diego Branch will cover travel expenses.

Students may also earn a trip to Boston to observe, even if they don’t qualify to compete. We’re still working out the details, but we’re excited about getting some of our younger competitors a chance to see the big stage.

The Goals of ACT-SO are:

  • To mobilize the adult community for the promotion of academic and artistic excellence.
  • To recognize creative talent and academic achievement.
  • To provide and assist students with the necessary skills to establish goals and acquire the confidence and training to make a successful contribution to society.

ACT-SO Student Observer Program

We’re excited to announce our ACT-SO National Student Observer Program!

As you know, students who win Gold at our Showcase in April get a free ride to ACT-SO National in Boston.  This year we’re looking to bring along up to three more students to accompany our Gold winners.

Student observers will get a chance to travel to Boston with ACT-SO, meet other ACT-SO competitors from across the country, and see what competition at National is like.  We’ll pay their way and make sure they’re safe and have a good time.

How do students earn the chance to go?  By participating in ACT-SO and NAACP events, and by competing in the local Showcase–even if they don’t win it all!  We’ll be rolling out the details soon, but we want you to know that every ACT-SO and NAACP San Diego Branch Event you attend increases your chances to travel to Boston next July!

Photos: 2019 STEM Camp at Bell Middle School

The NAACP San Diego Branch, in conjunction with Hands-On Technology Education, put on a Mobile Technologies STEM Camp at Bell Middle School this summer. Here’s what these kids did on their summer vacation:

We were excited to help students get a taste of what being a mobile technologist is all about!

Our students:

Not pictured: La’Coria, Lysandra, Nicholas and Thomas

We are very thankful to the major sponsors of our camp, SDG&E and Wells Fargo!

Would you like to be part of our future efforts at bringing premium STEM experiences to the underserved? Write [email protected] or donate by clicking below:

See video here.

ACT-SO Revisits Casa del Rey Moro

Instructions for attendees of our 2019 visit to the African Museum in Old Town

4:30 PM: We will meet in Washington Square, near the big flagpole:

Renita and/or Steve will be there to check you in, wearing their orange “I am ACT-SO” nametags.

Each group will be assigned a group leader; please cooperate with your group leader.

5:00pm: We will head over to the museum for the tour!

6:00pm: Dinner will be served in Washington Square.

7:00pm: There will be a drawing for a $15 movie gift card. In order to be eligible to win, you must complete at least half the questions on the Casa del Rey Moro Study Guide. We will be spot-checking the answers, so don’t just write “Banana” on every one!

Amara Beaty: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Student Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Amara Beaty at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

Amara Beaty’s determination to achieving good grades in the face of adversities in her life is a tribute to the courageous and focused person that she is. Her achievement of maintaining a 4.00 GPA throughout her high school term is outstanding! We applaud her in serving as NAACP San Diego Youth Council President for the 2017-2018 term and your participation in extracurricular activities such as, ASB, ARDSO, and First Chair violin in the school orchestra. Amara, you exemplify the characteristics that we celebrate in our theme for this year, and we are proud to honor you on this occasion.    

The Freedom Fund Dinner is an annual event that, in addition to celebrating our supporters, recognizes groups and individuals who have contributed to the cause of Civil Rights and racial justice throughout the City, County, State and Nation. This year will be an extraordinary celebration, as we look back on the 100 years since the founding of the San Diego Branch, and look forward to our bright future.

The evening is sure to be memorable and enjoyable for all.

August 25 Newsletter

  • Silent Auction Donations
  • ACT-SO Visits Eastlake
  • San Diego Museum of Art on Black Life
  • Prayer Vigil was a Moving Experience
  • Freedom Fund Dinner Student Honoree Shaniia McMorris
  • Movie Nights at the Jacobs Center
  • NAACP Trip: Jamestown to Jamestown

Prayer Vigil Moves Hearts

Watch: ACT-SO at B2S

ACT-SO tabled at the NAACP San Diego Branch’s 2019 Back-to-School Stay-in-School Rally and Fair. We had the assistance of Eastlake High’s Young Black Leaders of Excellence, and we had a great time.

5th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil Was a Moving Experience

For those of you who were not able to attend the Prayer Vigil, we want to let you all know that the Prayer Vigil was a moving experience with more that 60 people of different faiths, ethnicities, ages and parts of the county in attendance. The presenters were filled win sincerity, thoughtfulness and passion in their presentations and prayers. There is a strong vibration for peace and harmony in every community, and our friends and allies are praying with us and for us that the reckless and painful loss of the lives of African Americans at the hands of police officers will come to an end, and that justice will be done for those we have already lost.

Thanks to Pastor Byrd for assistance with logistics, the use of his Church and his gracious words of welcome and benediction.  Thanks to Bishop Bowser for his support and his part in the ceremony. My special thanks goes out to all of the presenters, but especially to Tasha Williamson and Cedrina McDonald, who so bravely shared the pain of the loss of her cousin, Earl McNeil to the egregious and deadly neglect of the National City Police Department and its officers.

In 2016,  August 11th was designated by the NAACP to be an annual National Day of Mourning to commemorate all African Americans killed in police involved interactions.  The San Diego branch of the NAACP held its fifth annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil on August 16, 2019 at Christ United Presbyterian Church of San Diego in support of this resolution.  Clergy representing the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith traditions and community organizers who shared personal stories of loss and reflection, moved the hearts and minds of the many participants from throughout San Diego County. 

Attendees listen to Cedrina McDonald
Thanks to our Presenters:
3rd Row: Clovis Honoré, President, NAACP San Diego Branch
2nd row, eft to right: Tasha Williamson, Cedrina McDonald (cousin of Earl McNeil), Jeffrey Karahameto (SDOP), Leah Blake (Community Activist) Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Imam Wali Fardan, Carla Stayboldt (Continuing the Conversation on Racism)
Bottom row, left to right: Rev. Patty Allen. Pastor Kori Pacyniak, Pastor Nathan Byrd, Pastor Buddy Hauser, Bishop Cornelius Bowser
NAACP members who organized the vigil, left to right:
Diane Langworthy, Petrina Branch, Khalada Salaam-Alaji, Linda Cochran-Johnson
Also pictured is a wall hanging containing the names of so many lives lost to Police violence.