The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Larry Blackman at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!
First I’d like to thank the NAACP for nominating me; I am honored. I am a native of San Diego. I worked for the City of San Diego for 31 years and am proud to have had the privilege to cultivate and help build some of our most monumental landmarks (Martin Luther King Jr Park). All four of my kids have been raised in this community. They all work diligently in their fields to help rebuild this community for all human races.
I became a member of Black Sabbath in 1980 . I have always supported this community around education, equality, helping youth to direct them away from gangs and steer them with positive love and guidance. My kids say “Dad, you’re always helping someone”. And I do!!! I love helping anyone regardless of age, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Black Sabbath and its members also played a huge part in educating our community.
I am grateful to have stood against it all; prejudice, poverty, and so much more. To see San Diego today we have overcome so much.
San Diego and especially this community has been home for me and I will do my best, day by day and person by person to continue to build up San Diego, our youth, our community and our future.
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.