2019 Back-to-School Stay-in-School Rally and Fair was a Huge Success!

Watch:

The highlights of the day included:

Parent Advocacy Workshop

Parents not only received information, but shared insights and even felt comfortable sharing personal stories. A veteran received valuable information regarding IEP meetings. One parent was delighted to get information on getting help with her water bill (maybe not–you never know the the City!)

ACT-SO: UV Light

At the Back to School – Stay in School Fair, ACT-SO students lead an interactive science lab reinforcing the importance and demonstrating the effectiveness of both sunblock and melanin as it relates to the harmful rays from the sun. It was a pleasure watching the children think and guess what would happen with each step of the experiment. Having the students in our program take the reins allowed them to lead, teach, and strengthen their interpersonal skills.

This is a fun, quick activity you can do at home with your littles! Directions here!

See:

We are very grateful for major sponsorship by:

ACT-SO Xpresses its Blackness

8pm – 10pm October 25, 2019

Join the ACT-SO crew with a visit to Black Xpression, an open mic opportunity that appeals to the Black Community. With ACT-SO we have seen the works of various teen artists to include poets, singers, musicians and more. We invite you all to uplift our competitors that are brave enough to perform their work at this venue!

Student attendees will receive $5 credit toward food purchased at the event.

Home Page

Nehemyah Gray: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Student Honoree

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

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 Visits the San Diego Art Institute

12pm – 2pm September 28, 2019

FORGING TERRITORIES features African-American and Latinx members of the LGBTQ community pioneering in a frequently inhospitable land.  It presents artists engaged in cultural storytelling that describes themselves, their friends, and their environments in striking visual ways.

The NAACP had its national convention July this year and unanimously passed three separate resolutions expressing support for and solidarity with LGBTQ Americans. This tour not only offers the opportunity for us to put these resolutions into action but it also provides a unique experience for creative students to find new inspiration for future artwork.

Space is limited; reserve your spot now.

Home Page

Watch: ACT-SO Visits Casa del Rey Moro

Every month ACTSO participates in an enrichment activity. On August 30th, we sponsored a tour of the African Museum in Old Town.
?

Our next adventure will be September 28th, when we’ll be visiting the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park.

Home Page

ACT-SO Revisits Casa del Rey Moro

Instructions for attendees of our 2019 visit to the African Museum in Old Town

4:30 PM: We will meet in Washington Square, near the big flagpole:

Renita and/or Steve will be there to check you in, wearing their orange “I am ACT-SO” nametags.

Each group will be assigned a group leader; please cooperate with your group leader.

5:00pm: We will head over to the museum for the tour!

6:00pm: Dinner will be served in Washington Square.

7:00pm: There will be a drawing for a $15 movie gift card. In order to be eligible to win, you must complete at least half the questions on the Casa del Rey Moro Study Guide. We will be spot-checking the answers, so don’t just write “Banana” on every one!

Amara Beaty: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Student Honoree

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

Amara Beaty’s determination to achieving good grades in the face of adversities in her life is a tribute to the courageous and focused person that she is. Her achievement of maintaining a 4.00 GPA throughout her high school term is outstanding! We applaud her in serving as NAACP San Diego Youth Council President for the 2017-2018 term and your participation in extracurricular activities such as, ASB, ARDSO, and First Chair violin in the school orchestra. Amara, you exemplify the characteristics that we celebrate in our theme for this year, and we are proud to honor you on this occasion.    

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.



August 25 Newsletter

  • Silent Auction Donations
  • ACT-SO Visits Eastlake
  • San Diego Museum of Art on Black Life
  • Prayer Vigil was a Moving Experience
  • Freedom Fund Dinner Student Honoree Shaniia McMorris
  • Movie Nights at the Jacobs Center
  • NAACP Trip: Jamestown to Jamestown

Prayer Vigil Moves Hearts

www.sandiegonaacp.org

Watch: ACT-SO at B2S

ACT-SO tabled at the NAACP San Diego Branch’s 2019 Back-to-School Stay-in-School Rally and Fair. We had the assistance of Eastlake High’s Young Black Leaders of Excellence, and we had a great time.

5th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil Was a Moving Experience

For those of you who were not able to attend the Prayer Vigil, we want to let you all know that the Prayer Vigil was a moving experience with more that 60 people of different faiths, ethnicities, ages and parts of the county in attendance. The presenters were filled win sincerity, thoughtfulness and passion in their presentations and prayers. There is a strong vibration for peace and harmony in every community, and our friends and allies are praying with us and for us that the reckless and painful loss of the lives of African Americans at the hands of police officers will come to an end, and that justice will be done for those we have already lost.

Thanks to Pastor Byrd for assistance with logistics, the use of his Church and his gracious words of welcome and benediction.  Thanks to Bishop Bowser for his support and his part in the ceremony. My special thanks goes out to all of the presenters, but especially to Tasha Williamson and Cedrina McDonald, who so bravely shared the pain of the loss of her cousin, Earl McNeil to the egregious and deadly neglect of the National City Police Department and its officers.

In 2016,  August 11th was designated by the NAACP to be an annual National Day of Mourning to commemorate all African Americans killed in police involved interactions.  The San Diego branch of the NAACP held its fifth annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil on August 16, 2019 at Christ United Presbyterian Church of San Diego in support of this resolution.  Clergy representing the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith traditions and community organizers who shared personal stories of loss and reflection, moved the hearts and minds of the many participants from throughout San Diego County. 

Attendees listen to Cedrina McDonald
Thanks to our Presenters:
3rd Row: Clovis Honoré, President, NAACP San Diego Branch
2nd row, eft to right: Tasha Williamson, Cedrina McDonald (cousin of Earl McNeil), Jeffrey Karahameto (SDOP), Leah Blake (Community Activist) Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Imam Wali Fardan, Carla Stayboldt (Continuing the Conversation on Racism)
Bottom row, left to right: Rev. Patty Allen. Pastor Kori Pacyniak, Pastor Nathan Byrd, Pastor Buddy Hauser, Bishop Cornelius Bowser
NAACP members who organized the vigil, left to right:
Diane Langworthy, Petrina Branch, Khalada Salaam-Alaji, Linda Cochran-Johnson
Also pictured is a wall hanging containing the names of so many lives lost to Police violence.