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Larry Blackman: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

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.

Larry Blackman
Trinidad
Black Sabbath
MC

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.



100 for our 100th?

The heat has hit San Diego, and in honor of the San Diego Branch’s Centennial Year, we are asking members to donate water and socks for at-risk people in the Community.

We need 100 bottles of water and 100 pairs of socks!

Please bring them to any NAACP San Diego Branch meeting or event, or else bring them during office hours to the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid, and leave them with the receptionist.

Your community will thank you!

J. Luke Wood, PhD: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor J. Luke Wood, PhD at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D. is the Associate Vice President of Faculty Diversity and Inclusion and Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University. Wood’s research and practice agenda focuses on advancing diversification and equity initiatives at schools, colleges, and universities. He has delivered over 750-scholarly and conference presentations and has authored over 140 publications, including 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books. His most recent books include Black Minds Matter: Realizing the Brilliance, Dignity, and Morality of Black Males in Education, Teaching Boys and Young Men of Color (with Frank Harris III) and Advancing Black Male Success from Preschool to Ph.D. (with Shaun Harper).
 
Dr. Wood has been regularly sought out for his expertise by media outlets such as the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Huffington Post, Fortune Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, and C-SPAN. During the Obama administration, his research was featured through the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. Wood received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies with an emphasis in Higher Education and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University (ASU). He also holds a master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership in Student Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Black History and Politics from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS).

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.



2019 ACT-SO National Awards Ceremony

For those of you who are interested in what ACT-SO looks like, here is the full video of the awards ceremony. It’s four hours long, so you might want to either lay in a big supply of popcorn or else just dip into it here and there.

While our returning Poetry Performance competitor, Ms Jor’Denay Collier, didn’t medal this year, she did get a significant part in the award ceremony for the second year running. (If you want to skip right to Jor’Denay, she appears at about the 36th minute of the video.) We could not be more proud of Jor’Denay; in addition to her fine performances, she was a strong President of the Eastlake High BSU this last year. As a rising Junior, we expect even more wonderful things from her this year!

Ms Jor’Denay Collier performs