Jason Sevier: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

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

Jason Sevier is a native San Diegan and University City High School Alumni. He attributes his Godly knowledge to his foundation at Calvary Baptist Church where he first learned to be an attendant for the Lord.  He became a more distinguished public servant when he entered the United States Navy in nineteen ninety-three. He has continued to anchor himself under the vigilant guidance of Pastor Gary at New Creation Church of San Diego. 


He continued his honorable servitude by working for the city of San Diego Department of Fire and Life Safety Services and later transitioned to the City of Coronado. 


Outside of his career of public service, Jason continues his commission by devoting his energy to Fidelity Lodge #10 Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons. 


He has always been intrigued with his family history of the Fraternal Organization of Freemasonry. With the support and encouragement of several of his uncles, Jason initiated his candidacy in 2009.  Bound by ambition and drive to be an active member of his lodge, Jason graciously shouldered the work of Worshipful Master for two terms beginning in twenty seventeen.  Under his two terms, Fidelity Lodge #10 Prince Hall Free and Accepted Masons cemented several notable stones of their legacy. This includes making a significant impact to improve poverty, giving back to the community, and making better men out of good men. Today, Jason continues to go above and beyond by making generous contributions of time and support to other local small businesses and community members all while currently serving as Worthy Patron of Ruth Chapter Eleven of the Eastern Stars and raising his only son.
Jason embraces the mission of showing great concern for and giving to those less fortunate. He continues to look for ways to make a more tangible impact by enlisting and empowering others to also have the same compassion for the less fortunate.  Jason has graciously started his own food ministry in an effort to outreach.  


When he is not at church, work, or the lodge, one can most likely find him either spending time with his family or perfecting his bowling  & barbecuing skills. He has made a name for himself in both areas. Passionate about his grill mastery, Jason still finds the ability to marry the assignment of tithing time for good with the satisfaction of a calculated and intricately well-prepared meal. 
   
Graciously, Jason accepts the NAACP honors in hopes of raising more awareness of social, educational, and economic injustice that are still very present in San Diego today and engage us in a call to action for change. 

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.



Vincent Riveroll: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

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

“With Students First”

Vincent Riveroll is the founding director of Gompers Preparatory Academy (GPA), serving as the school’s executive leader and principal teacher since 2004. A cum laude alumnus of Duquesne University and an educator for over 25 years, he has earned various distinctions for his innovative work, including Educator of the Year by the San Diego Urban League Young Professionals in 2005 and multiple “Teacher of the Year” recognitions.

Under Director Riveroll’s transformative leadership, GPA has achieved many successes that have positively impacted students, families, and the surrounding community. Forging a partnership with UC San Diego and later expanding GPA to high school grades in 2009, he has ensured that historically underserved students would gain opportunities to succeed in rigorous, college prep coursework. With 74% of GPA graduates accepted to four-year universities over the past eight years, GPA now has a strong reputation for providing a welcoming, stable and joyful campus in Southeastern San Diego. The accomplishment of significantly improving school attendance and high school graduation rate is rare where 92% of students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

Once featured in the San Diego Union Tribune for his abilities to creatively instruct and engage students, Mr. Riveroll’s reform efforts to change campus culture at low performing schools have led to wider sharing of his groundbreaking work (i.e. San Diego Unified School District, University of Washington and the Highline School District, WA and Niagara, Canada) and visits to GPA by the Governor of California, the Chancellor of UCSD, and California’s Secretary of Education.

Director Riveroll believes that closing the opportunity gap in public schools is a critical social justice issue of our time. He has a record of producing dramatic student achievement gains as a teacher and leader. An educator and inspirational leader at heart, he continues to lead from the front as a classroom teacher, exemplifying an unwavering belief that all students deserve opportunities to break barriers. He is relentless in placing students first and believes that a highly structured school environment, staffed with the most positive and supportive adults, is necessary to propel students to greatness. Director Vincent Riveroll is an innovative thought leader who welcomes the challenge to create a world-class urban charter school that puts students first.

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.



ACT-SO National Coming Up!

Once again, the NAACP San Diego Branch ACT-SO program is sending Ms Jor’Denay Collier to compete in Poetry Performance at the National ACT-SO Competition!

Jor’Denay, our Gold Winner!

This year’s competition will be in Detroit, Michigan, at the Renaissance Center, pictured above.

Jor’Denay’s Aunt Kim and ACT-SO Chair Renita will be there to cheer her on.

James Jackson: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

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

James was born in Huntington, WV., from where he later joined the U.S. Navy in 1981, and married his wife Terri in 1985. James retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer in 2007 after serving 25 years of honorable service in the Navy. While serving, he volunteered in numerous community relations events (at home and on foreign shores). After the military, he became a financial representative in 2008. His mission is now to help individuals and families better manage cash flow in their unique personal situations, and to better protect and accumulate wealth. James likes to jog, play tennis and exercise, and is consistently active in his local church and community. This includes service as an Elder with the Revival Time Church of God in Christ, and volunteering with the San Diego Organizing Project and Boy Scouts of America. He is an active member-volunteer with the SouthEast San Diego Rotary Club , sharing the clubs motto, Service above Self. He spearheaded the formation of the current Boy Scout troop at Johnson  Elementary (sponsored by SESD Rotary). His focus in serving in Southeast San Diego is a personal, because in the 92114 zip code where he lives, African Americans suffer many unnecessary health disparities and are underserved. As current Chair of the UCSD Center for Aids Research Community Advisory Board, he is working to educate and inform, and to show that this community actually cares. In his spare time, James loves spending time with his lovely wife Terri. They have raised two sons, Kingsley and Isaac Jackson, both of whom they are extremely proud.

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.



Curtis Taylor: Headline Entertainer

The NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that the Grammy®-award-winning musician Curtis Taylor will perform at our Freedom Fund Dinner, in this our Centennial Year!

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.


Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt together for an unforgettable sound that directly connects with the soul of the listener. According to Taylor, “ When played honestly, music is the ultimate conveyer of truth and beauty.”


Taylor has performed and recorded with Patrice Rushen, Billy Childs, Gary Novak, Bob Sheppard, Ed Motta, Marvin “Smitty’ Smith, Rodney Whitaker, Antonio Hart and great gospel luminaries Karen Clark-Sheard, Kierra Sheard and the Singletons. More extensively Taylor’s stint with jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut included a notable concert performance at Kennedy Center recorded for NPR’s Jazzset, an appearance at the Spoleto Jazz Festival, and a week long engagement at Dizzy’s Club in NYC. In addition, Taylor had the great opportunity to tour internationally with virtuosic saxophonist James Carter’s Quintet, performing in: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada, and Austria. Rounding out the experience, was a week long stint at Yoshi’s in California again with the James Carter Quintet.


In 2014, Taylor relocated to southern California where he fostered a musical relationship with friend and mentor Kamau Kenyatta. Kenyatta, is a two-time Grammy-award winning producer for Jazz vocal-star Gregory Porter. While building the musical team for Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” album, he chose Taylor for the trumpet chair. Kenyatta stated that Taylor “graced the session with his elegant solos and precise ensemble playing” and noted his musicianship as “impeccable.” Gregory Porter’s “Liquid Spirit” would go on to receive the Grammy-Award for Best-Jazz vocal album of 2014.