Watch: President Honoré Addresses the USS Somerset

NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré Addresses the USS Somerset

On February 13th, NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré was invited to address the officers and crew of the USS Somerset on the topic of Black History Month. He was made to feel extremely welcome, and we were gratified to see the attention and interest of all the service members.

President Honoré Addresses the Somerset

On February 13th, NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré was invited to address the officers and men of the USS Somerset, an “amphibious transport dock” of the US Navy. Contrary to its rather pedestrian job title, the Somerset is an advanced part not only of the Navy’s ability to support amphibious warfare, but also has played crucial roles in humanitarian relief efforts. As easily as it can put Marines on a beach, it can take threatened civilians off a beach.

EC3 Penrose, a member of the Somerset’s Cultural Diversity Committee, asked the NAACP if we could supply a speaker for their Black History Month program, and we were very happy to do so.

We arrived during the middle of a security drill, which made getting on base rather more difficult, but EC3 Penrose sent FC1 Watkins to our aid, and we were soon boarding the Somerset. Once there, we were greeted by Executive Officer Brayton. After setting up for our talk, Captain Bateshansky arrived, and greeted us warmly.

Mr Honoré’s talk was listened to with interest by the 100 or so sailors present. Sadly, his remarks were extemporaneous, and we cannot provide a transcript. However, you may view the talk in its entirety above.

After the conclusion of his talk, the men and women of the Somerset crowded eagerly around to ask questions and take pictures with Mr Honoré.

Finally, we were given a tour of the ship, led by DC2 Vaugh, the Somerset’s Sailor of the Year. The tour was fascinating, including the ship’s museum. In the museum (and throughout the ship) are memorabilia of the victims and families of United Flight 93. Flight 93 was the flight whose passengers took back from the 9/11 hijackers and prevented its being used as a weapon, at sacrifice of their own lives. The USS Somerset was christened in their honor, and bears the name of Somerset County where the flight crashed.

It was a solemn and moving experience to present aboard the Somerset, and we look forward to cementing a strong relationship with the Armed Forces, not only aboard the Somerset but across all of San Diego.

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.

The full Executive Committee and Officers, plus Monica Montgomery, District 4 Councilmember

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:

Secretary

ACT-SO Chair

Armed Services and Veterans’ Affairs Chair

Communications, Press and Publicity Chair

Community Coordination Chair

Economic Development Chair

Environment and Climate Justice Chair

Freedom Fund Chair

Labor & Industry Chair

Housing Chair

Legal Redress 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 are also looking to recruit enthusiastic, outgoing people as Social Media Contributors  to take the Branch’s social media presence to the next level.

If you feel you are qualified to provide leadership in these areas, please fill out our 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.

Military Appreciation Luncheon

Tickets now being sold for the NAACP San Diego Armed Services & Veterans Affairs Committee’s Military Appreciation Luncheon.  Come show our service members that you honor them for the sacrifices they make and the difficult and dangerous work they do to keep us all safe!

You may purchase individual tickets, or sponsor an entire table for your friends and loved ones; or sponsor a table and let us fill it with deserving members of our Nation’s Armed Forces!

10 November is the Marine Corp birthday.  As you know, our Military Appreciation Luncheon was scheduled for 10 November 2018.  Because many of the active duty military and veterans that we wanted to honor will be attending the various Marine Corp Balls, we are postponing our Military Appreciation Luncheon to 18 May 2019.  Those of you who have purchased tickets should rest assured that your reservation for the luncheon is secure.

Sock Drive for Veterans Village

by NAACP San Diego Armed Services & Veteran’s Affairs Chairperson Sherry Strothers

Our Fun Walk & Sock Drive was a huge success!!! Thanks to all the wonderful people that came out in the scorching heat to donate socks and underwear for the homeless veterans of Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD)! Most importantly I want to thank my fellow brothers and sisters of the San Diego NAACP and the AMAZING brothers and sisters of the San Diego Veterans for Peace! Your support is greatly appreciated and let’s keep working together for positive change. 🤗

NAACP San Diego Armed Services Sock Drive

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And here we are, donating the socks and underwear!