Karlene Chavis: Mistress of Ceremonies

The NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Committee is pleased to announce that Ms Karlene Chavis will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for 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.


Karlene Chavis shares her knowledge and passion for science and meteorology as Chief Meteorologist, delivering your weeknight forecasts on NEWS 8 on CBS 8 and the CW San Diego.

Karlene joined the NEWS 8 team from WSVN-TV, Miami, FL where she served as weekend morning meteorologist and was recognized as ‘Best Meteorologist’ by Miami New Times.  She previously worked at CBS Local 2 in Palm Springs, CA as the weekday morning weather anchor and fill-in entertainment anchor/reporter for Eye on the Desert. Karlene’s skills were also utilized as the weekend evening weather anchor for the sister station, KESQ-TV. Additionally, Karlene worked as the evening weather anchor for KECY-TV in Yuma, AZ.

A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Karlene received a bachelor’s degree from The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University and earned a master’s degree in Geological Sciences from Mississippi State University.  Karlene also completed a fellowship in broadcast journalism training through the Meredith-Cronkite Fellowship Program at KPHO TV in Phoenix, AZ.

She interned at KNXV-TV, the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, AZ and worked as a published photojournalist and newspaper reporter for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com and web entertainment reporter for Gannett Company, Inc.

When Karlene is not on-air, she enjoyed hiking, visiting art galleries and museums, baking, traveling and spending time with her friends, family and fur babies Brody and Stevie.


ACT-SO Debrief, Brainstorm and Celebration

On Saturday, June 8th, from 3-5pm, the ACT-SO team will meet at Liberty Station to enjoy one another’s company, graze from the Public Market, and talk about how this ACT-SO season went and what could make it better next year.

We would LOVE for any of our students, parents, and volunteers to come and chat with us about what you liked, what you didn’t like and what you’d like us to try.

We would also welcome anyone with input to come hang out with us and help brainstorm–just be warned: you will probably be asked to help with anything you suggest!

If you plan to come, please drop us a line at [email protected] so we can arrange for you to find us.

Fifth Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil

“I prayed for freedom for twenty years, but received no answer, until I prayed with my legs.”

–Frederick Douglass

In 2016, the NAACP adopted a resolution, proposed by the San Diego Branch, designating August 11th as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans killed in police interactions. Our first interfaith prayer vigil was celebrated on August 12, 2016.

Please join us as we gather for an evening of prayer to mourn all African Americans who have been killed by the police.  We will also pray for other matters of concern including civil rights, jobs, education, health care, and housing.

The Vigil will occur on August 16th, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Christ United Presbyterian Church of San Diego
3025 Fir Street
San Diego, CA 92102

For more information, email religion@sandiegonaacp.org or call 619-263-7823.


National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions

WHEREAS, the NAACP affirms the constitutional right of all citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS, the NAACP recognizes that police officers are sworn to protect all of the citizens in the communities in which they serve; and

WHEREAS, police killed at least 336 Black people in the United States in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Black people in the United States are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people, and

WHEREAS, 30% of Black victims killed by police in 2015 were unarmed compared to 19% of White victims; and

WHEREAS, in 97% of the killings of Blacks in police involved interactions in 2015, none of the officers involved were charged with a crime.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognizes the 11th day of August each year as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions.

Remember Them this Memorial Day

This year, the Mt Soledad National Veterans Memorial will be honoring Doris “Dorie” Miller, the first African-American Navy Cross recipient.

We will never forget nor cease to be grateful for his service and that of all those who have fallen in our service.