#GivingTuesday – Support our Youth Programs!

Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday, is the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving in the United States. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.

We in the NAACP San Diego Branch would like you to consider supporting one of our youth programs. Whether you want to support SWAG, which gives career insight to middle school students, or our summer STEM Camp, which gives middle-schoolers a two-week introduction to electrical engineering, coding, and even marketing and business planning, or ACT-SO, the NAACP’s national program for encouraging academic excellence in high school students, our youth need your help this year.

Whether you can only spare $20 or whether you can full fund a student’s ACT-SO experience, your donation means everything to the students who participate.

Program at a glance:

  • Career insight for middle-school students.
  • Participation Goal: 50 students
  • Cost per Student: $70


Program at a glance:

  • 2-week summer camp introduction to STEM
  • Participation Goal: 70 students
  • Cost per Student: $600

Program at a glance:

  • Development, Celebration and national Competition for High School Youth
  • Participation Goal: 20 students
  • Cost per Student: $1500



2-hour telecast to celebrate the biggest achievements in black culture.

New York, NY (Monday, November 25, 2019) – The NAACP and BET Networks announced a broadcast partnership to air the 51st NAACP Image Awards. The telecast will take place from Pasadena, California and will air on BET Networks for the first time ever. The announcement was made today by NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Leon W. Russell, NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, President of BET Networks Scott Mills and Executive Vice-President, Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy Connie Orlando. The NAACP Image Awards is the preeminent event celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature, and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.

“We’re proud to partner with BET Networks to showcase the incredible breadth of Black excellence in television, film, music, and literature, and to bring awareness to the social justice and economic empowerment work of the NAACP,” said Johnson. “Through its diverse platforms, BET delivers culturally enriching and entertaining content to a wide and multigenerational audience.  As we head into a critical 2020 election and Census, the collaboration with BET will be critical to reaching our shared communities.”

“The NAACP is vitally important, and BET Networks shares the organization’s commitment to our community and social impact,” added Mills. “With the NAACP’s half-century of history acknowledging the achievements of African Americans across entertainment and activism, this partnership allows BET to further our mission to entertain, engage and empower our viewers by delivering this cultural pillar to the communities we serve. We’re thrilled to welcome the NAACP Image Awards home to BET.”

Karen Boykin-Towns, NAACP National Board of Directors Vice-Chairman is the newly appointed Chairman of the NAACP Image Awards Planning Committee and will provide strategic guidance and leadership. Eris Sims, Chief of Staff will oversee all NAACP Image Awards events and activities.

“We are excited that two storied organizations, NAACP and BET, are partnering to cultivate innovative approaches to our work and to deliver a transformative experience that inspires and empowers the Black community. This is a natural partnership and one which aligns with our strategic focus,” said Boykin-Towns. “We are confident that the NAACP Image Awards will continue to grow in both impact and legacy.”

One of the most iconic annual celebrations of black excellence, the NAACP Image Awards draws a crowd of the biggest and brightest stars in Hollywood. Previous years attendees include  Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith, Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Anthony Anderson, Sterling K. Brown, Mandy Moore, Halle Berry, Common, Dwayne Johnson, Steve Harvey, Audra Day, John Legend, Lena Waithe, Tracee Ellis Ross, David Oyelowo, Laverne Cox, Octavia Spencer, Issa Rae, Trevor Noah, Terry Crews, Yara Shahidi, Danai Gurira, Jacob Latimore, Jay Pharoah, Jemele Hill, Josh Gad, Loretta Devine, Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Meta Golding, Michael Smith, Tyler James Williams, Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, and many more.

“It is our honor to partner with the NAACP as the exclusive broadcast partner of the Image Awards, one of the most influential Award Shows in the black community,” said Orlando. “We will celebrate and acknowledge the excellence and achievements of African-Americans in television, music, arts and give special recognition to the artists that have thrilled us and shaped the past the year in black culture. As we head into our 40th anniversary, it is only right to start off 2020 with this monumental partnership and bring the legacy of NAACP Image Awards to BET.”

Nominations for the “51st NAACP Image Awards” will be announced on January 9, 2020.  Additional key dates are as follows:

Dec 6:              Submissions close
Dec 20:            Nominating Committee Voting Opens
Jan 03:             Nominating Committee Voting Closes
Jan 09:             Online Public Voting Opens
Feb 07:            Online Public Voting Closes
Feb 21:            Non-Televised Awards Dinner

About NAACP:
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at naacp.org.

About BET Networks:
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news, and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

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Watch: ACT-SO at Black Minds Matter

Black Minds Matter demonstrates that schools don’t always help African-American students to shine. ACT-SO is one way we can address the deficits in San Diego Unified.

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Select Photos from the 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner

Our 2019 Dinner was a fabulous affair.  We’re sure those of you who attended would like to revisit the occasion with these photographs.  As for those of you who missed it, now you, too can enjoy some of the fun.  More pictures will be forthcoming.

The REAL State of the District


November 19, 2019

The Honorable Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814-5901

Dear Mr. Thurmond,

Thank you so much for attending the San Diego Unified School Districts “State of the District” meeting at Lincoln High School.  I am pleased to see you so involved in our schools. 

As a community member of District “E” and a very vocal citizen of our school district, I need to inform you of just some of the more egregious areas where our superintendent and her board have failed our students.  

While you may read in the paper or hear in the media about her successes and triumphs as superintendent, I must inform you of the “Real State of the District” with the following factual information:

The Real State of the District

  1. The largest reorganization of the district has taken place this year and was hidden from the public which is why the 19-20 organizational chart does not exist. 
  2. San Diego State just published a report highlighting data exposing the fact that African American children are suspended at higher rates than their peers in SDUSD schools. 
  3. The district had nine significant violations regarding English Learner instruction on the Federal Program Monitoring Review and some items were impossible to correct so the state had to allow one-year accommodations.
  4. There are more special education due process filings this year than have averaged in prior years due to lack of support for students with IEPs.
  5. Community collaboration is only welcome when it serves a narrative that suits the district. The treatment of the special education CAC chair and DELAC chairs during their yearly updates to the board speak for themselves. 
  6. AP test rates and passing test rates have declined over six years—especially for vulnerable subgroups. 
  7. “Students aren’t a test score” unless Cindy likes the test. That’s why we pay attention to NAPE scores but ignore the fact that over six years SBAC scores have declined under Cindy’s leadership. 
  8. We know Cindy’s priorities—she’s her priority. That’s why without fail there is a media summary issued to staff everyday highlighting Cindy’s photo ops—but sites can’t get the staffing or support needed to operate. 
  9. Despite this and many other cries for support that we have seen in the news—this board of education just turns a blind eye—and this is the state of the district. 

While I have only listed a few areas of deficit for our students, it is most important that you understand the conditions that not only our students, but employees, are facing daily.  Superintendent Marten has reigned the past six years with terror tactics with employees that do not agree with her. Just ask the Human Resources Officer for a list of qualified, hard-working individuals within her cabinet that have left the district because of her bullying.   Her genocide of qualified African American Male administrators and cabinet members occurred because of her racial intolerance to people of color.  

I urge you to take a closer look behind the scenes at Superintendent Marten’s real story.   It is not what she spews to the public.

I am happy to meet with you and discuss this further.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.

Kind Regards,

Francine Maxwell, First Vice President
NAACP San Diego Branch

If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit  sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

ACT-SO Creative Writing Workshop

12pm – 2pm November 30, 2019

ACT-SO Creative Writing Workshop

ACT-SO is hosting a unique crash course designed to challenge your thought process and make writer’s block a thing of the past. Though our scholarship program targets African-American high school students, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us!

ACT-SO is hosting a unique crash course designed to challenge your thought process and make writer’s block a thing of the past. Though our scholarship program targets African-American high school students, people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to join us! Don’t worry about materials; all supplies will be provided and distributed after a quick lunch to start off the class.

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