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Attendance Needed: SDHC Lawsuit Hearing

As you know, the NAACP San Diego Branch is involved in a lawsuit to fight the San Diego Housing Commission’s discriminatory and segregationist practice of setting Section 8 voucher levels too low to allow access to all areas of our city.

Low-income folks are a positive asset to a neighborhood when that neighborhood is doing well. They become part of the community, they participate in life, and their labor and presence helps the community thrive. It’s when low-income folks are forced to live all in one place that there is trouble; when nobody has much money, there’s no way for that neighborhood to thrive.

If we build a truly fair housing system, that lets low-income folks live throughout our city, they will do better and all our neighborhoods will do better.

There will be a hearing on August 30 at 10:30 a.m. in Department 66 at 330 W. Broadway (the Hall of Justice), to determine whether or not the SDHC will be required to let us look at their records so we can see fully into how they have behaved. Your support would be very much appreciated at this hearing!


We are very grateful to those of you who came out for our Press Conference; it got the media interested. Make no mistake; regardless of attorneys or judges or laws or motions or rulings, public opinion MATTERS. If YOU show up and YOU show you CARE about what they’re doing to low-income people and the neighborhoods the SDHC forces them to live in, our local government WILL take notice!

Photo: Robert Tambuzzi

NAACP San Diego Joins Lawsuit Against San Diego Housing Commission’s Racial Segregation Policies – Voice and Viewpoint

Coverage from ABC 10

Coverage from NBC 7

Leonard J. Thompson III: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Leonard J. Thompson III at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

President & CEO M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc.

Leonard J. Thompson III is the youngest of two children raised in a single parent household but by no means at a disadvantage when compared to his peers who were raised with two parents. His mother made it very clear that any hardships he faced in life would never be an excuse to fail but only a reason to prevail and achieve what many would say was impossible. Leonard’s upbringing has always been rooted in the church culture where he learned to depend on God for everything and use his bull- dozing faith along with his God-given talents to excel. Most of his ambition stems from his loving mother and sister who were his biggest supporters and wouldn’t tolerate any non-sense when it came to his education and goals in life. When his dream of playing football was ended with an injury he suffered as a teen, this set back became a set up. As a young and gifted musician in the church Leonard continued to excel in education with notable accolades. From community service and involvement to elected positions such as ASB President, ASB Vice President & Race Human Relations Chairman as well as ASB & Regional President of his high school. In 1983 he ultimately became the first African American valedictorian of James Madison High School an achievement that provided a glimpse into his future endeavors. His educational excellence earned him a full Regent & Chancellor Academic Scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley.

While there he majored in Psychology of Business Management & Productivity while continuing to carry on his community service with the African American Student Union and the U.C. Berkeley Partnership Program where he developed his gift for working with inner city youth and programs. While in Berkeley he accepted his call into the ministry at Mingleton Temple Church of God In Christ and shortly thereafter was named youth pastor. After returning to his home church in San Diego, Greater Jackson Memorial Church of God In Christ, Mr. Thompson joined the ministerial staff and was soon appointed youth pastor and then elevated to the San Diego Regional youth pastor. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management at San Diego State University and receiving a Masters of Science degree in Educational Counseling from Point Loma Nazarene University, Mr. Thompson was selected as one of four men hired by San Diego City Schools to develop a program to improve the academic achievement of African American males. This program was highly visible and received acclaim throughout the United States. The program has since grown to include Latinos and is now co-ed. Mr. Thompson continues to advocate, train and mentor teachers as well as thousands of youth while still remaining a national and educational business consultant who currently works with major organizations to improve their cultural climate. With the success of this program he also co-founded Changing Paradigms in 1991, an Educational Consulting and Leadership Development firm. This company serviced top educational institutions, major corporations, community organizations and churches. As President and CEO of Changing Paradigms Leonard strategically assisted and trained top executives and their management teams in diversity, cultural proficiency, race relations as well as organizational management, restorative justice and team building.

In 1995 Mr. Thompson founded M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc., an acronym that stands for (Making A Necessary Difference At The End). A Christian-owned and operated record label that has since grown from a small home-based business to one of Southern California’s premiere labels. Although considered a grassroots company, M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has made a tremendous impact on the Gospel, Christian Contemporary and Jazz music communities by successfully creating and producing many concert style events designed to mobilize neighboring communities, cities and states. These events served as platforms that would give visibility and opportunities to their artists and many others. Such events included but weren’t limited to The San Diego Praise Fest, USD Gospel Slam, Praise in the Park, Sunday Night Live and The Fishhook. The label also sought avenues to broaden the reach of its artists and their music by creating The G.R.I.D.I.R.O.N. The Genesis, The Sisters For Souls, Street Smart and Rock the Block tours. M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records currently co-produces the largest and longest running annual gospel festival at The San Diego County Fair, is the originator and producer of Jazz At the Creek, a concert series, and Bayside Gospel Concert Aboard the USS Midway. For several years M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has co-produced the Gospel Brunch at select House of Blues locations. The label has over 40 recording projects to its credit and has remained an artist friendly company to its own as well as others seeking an independent career in music. The label has restructured in order to better serve its artists in the area of artist development, preparing them for worldwide exposure. Mr. Thompson was also instrumental in negotiating the first efforts in 2014 to bring gospel music radio programming back to the city of San Diego on terrestrial radio on Sunday mornings. In addition the label most recently in 2018, launched a 24/7 internet radio station called GODRadio1.com. With a successful format that promotes Health & Wellness using inspirational music programming, informative talk-shows and political community forums with iconic interviews to establish a game-changing format, GODRadio1.com sets itself apart from any others.


To date M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records has grown to a multilevel entertainment group to include music, TV, and event production services. With over 35 years in ministry and community service Leonard J. Thompson III continues to cherish the opportunity to remain a change agent in today’s society. With the continued support of his loving wife, daughter. granddaughter and extended family he truly believes all things are possible through Christ who strengthens him.

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.



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.



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

Kevin C. Alvin: 2019 NAACP San Diego Branch Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree

The NAACP San Diego Branch is pleased to honor Kevin C. Alvin at our 2019 Freedom Fund Dinner!

Kevin C. Alvin is the Assistant Business Manager with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 569, and he has helped facilitate the careers of over 3500 men and women within the electrical industry.
 
Kevin  C.  Alvin understands that finding a career, of which an individual can be proud, is sometimes a daunting task.  At the IBEW, Kevin works hard to aid IBEW members in maximizing their career opportunities.  By understanding local needs in the electrical industry, Kevin guides electrical industry members toward securing special skills that will provide them with additional employment opportunities.  Additionally, Kevin assists contractors, within the electrical industry, to understand the parameters of local labor laws, and how to best utilize IBEW’s skilled and trained workforce.
 
Kevin C.  Alvin is dedicated to helping men and women secure leadership positions in the electrical industry, by mentorship and guidance throughout their careers.  As Recording Secretary of the local non-profit Electrical Workers Minority Caucus of San Diego and Imperial Counties, he performs outreach to various STEAM schools throughout San Diego County.  In his outreach, Kevin creates fun and innovative activities for students and educators, to facilitate learning about the day-to-day activities within the electrical industry.
 
Kevin  C.  Alvin is a California state-certified electrician, and he has worked in the electrical industry for over 25 years. Kevin holds an apprentice graduate certificate in electricity from the San Diego Electrical Training Center.  He is a proud Navy veteran, who served honorably for 5 years.  His tours of duty included Desert Storm and Desert Shield as a gunner’s mate missile technician.

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.