News about our events

February 7 General Membership Meeting

We met at 6pm at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. We were not in the Community Room, but instead were on the third floor, in Room #389. We will return to the Community Room in March.

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Wow! Our Partners at SDG&E Really Came Through!

From left to right: Assistant Treasurer Wanda Rogers, Treasurer Darryl Stovall, Vice President Francine Maxwell, SDG&E Community Relations Manager Nhu Tran, and President Clovis Honoré

Last night at our February General Membership Meeting, Ms Nhu Tran, Community Relations Manager from SDG&E surprised us by announcing that SDG&E was giving us a $10,000 grant to further our work with kids. We are so grateful to see SDG&E take such an interest in developing African-American kids into the leaders we all know they can be!

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr Parade

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr giving his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Final Updates!

T-Shirts are Here!

The t-shirts are here. If you ordered a t-shirt, we have it for you. If you didn’t order a t-shirt, you can still pick one up in most common sizes. T-shirts cost $15. You may purchase one at the parade, or you may purchase one from 2-3pm on Saturday, January 19th at the NAACP Office, Room 388 of the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center at 404 Euclid Avenue.

Find Us by the Fountain

The parade sets up between noon and 2pm on Harbor Drive between the County Administration Building (1600 Pacific Highway) and the Embarcadero. We will gather at 1pm by the circular fountain on the bay (Harbor Drive) side of the County Administration building:

Please arrive by 1pm to be sure to have time to find us before the parade begins. Consider taking the trolley to the County Administration Building to avoid parking problems.

About the Parade

Read what the organizers, the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. have to say about the parade:

Join us on Harbor Drive Monday, January 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for the 39th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. This is one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, phenomenal High School Bands, Drill Teams, College, Fraternities & Sororities, Churches, Peace and Youth organizations.

This parade is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America, founded in 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha.

Come join thousands as we continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m.

Jan 3 2019 General Membership Meeting

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

We held our first General Membership Meeting of 2019 on January 3. Due to a scheduling problem beyond the control of the new Executive Committee, our normal meeting room was unavailable, and we had to make do with the 3rd Floor Lobby of the Jacobs Center. We are grateful for the patience and forbearance of our Membership, who seemed to adjust to the uncomfortable accommodations in a spirit of togetherness and hope.

After the invocation by Rev. Dr. J. Lee Hill, Jr., Senior Pastor, Christian Fellowship Congregational Church, UCC, the meeting focused on the ceremonial installation of the 2019-2020 Officers and Executive Committee. There was also an address from our new President, Clovis Honoré, and a presentation on Lupus from Shakita Jones, a member of our Executive Committee.

We had a delicious (if slightly tardy) dinner from El Pollo Grill. Also of note was the provision of child care; this will be a regular feature of our meetings going forward. If you have children you can’t leave at home, don’t let that stop you from joining the meeting!

Reverend Gerald Brown closed the meeting with a benediction.

If you are interested in the reports and other information presented at the meeting, you will find them in the Meeting Packet. You may also read the Meeting Minutes.

Please note: the February 7th General Membership Meeting will be held in Room 389 of the Jacobs Center. The March meeting will return to the Community Room. Thank you for your patience with us as we return things to order.

Video of the installation:

Installation of the NAACP San Diego Branch 2019-2020 Officers and Executive Committee

Uploaded by Communications NAACP San Diego on 2019-01-08.

Photos from the meeting:

Games Our Brains Play

Join ACT-SO and Rosanne Rademaker from UCSD at the Skyline Hills Branch Library at 2pm on Saturday, January 26th for a fascinating exploration of how our brains perceive the world and act on information, and how we know what we know about how they work.

We know this presentation will inspire budding scientists, but it also raises important questions about perception and reality that have fascinating implications for artists, writers, and anyone who cares about our community and human wellbeing.

We will reschedule for a later date.

Housing is a Health Issue

Our Symposium on the intersection of Housing and Health was a rousing success. Over 80 people, drawn from activists and professionals interesting in improving health and housing, got together to discuss issues and brainstorm around solutions. We’re still digesting the results, but we do have some photos to share from the event.

Stay tuned for more information and follow-up on this event!

NAACP Helps 2nd Family Get Free Solar

Like so many things, the benefits of inexpensive solar power are not as available to persons of color as they are to white folks.  The NAACP’s Solar Equity Initiative aims to change that, by providing solar power of various forms to persons of color.

In line with the Solar Equity Initiative, GRID Alternatives installs solar systems for free for people with low and moderate incomes.  One of their partners is Sunrun, a national solar energy company.  These companies, together with community and NAACP volunteers, spent the two days installing solar panels on the home of a second San Diego family!

Beside benefitting the family with reduced energy costs, this program also provides green jobs training for those interested; please visit GRID Alternatives if you are interested in applying for a solar system, learning to be a solar installer, or just want to volunteer your time doing good for the community and the environment.

You can read more about the installation and see more pictures and video at KPBS.  You can also read about our first install here.

Chow Down and College Up: ACT-SO Visits the HBCU Expo

There is an HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Expo happening at the Jacobs Center on January 19th, from 2-6pm.  Join the ACT-SO crew for (free) lunch, then head on over to the Expo and see what these historic educational institutions have to offer.

We are having lunch from Burros & Fries from 12-2pm in Room 389.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket, we have plenty of food.

NAACP San Diego Freedom Fund Dinner 2018

“Our Voices, Our Engagement, Our Votes Matter!” was the theme of our annual Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12, 2018 at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa.  Dr. Helen Griffith, Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of e3 Civic High served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Consistent with the theme of the dinner, Dr.  Andre´ Branch, president of the San Diego NAACP reminded all those gathered of the critical importance of voting on November 6, 2018.

There were outstanding performances by saxophonist Erisa Nicole, pianist Gloria Daviston and drummers of Extreme Rahim Entertainment.  Jor’Denay Collier, San Diego ACT-SO gold medalist, performed her award winning poem, “Mr.  Drugdealer.”  The 9th and 10th Cavalry Association, San Diego Chapter Buffalo Soldiers, led the presentation of colors ceremony.

The San Diego NAACP honored four students for their outstanding academic accomplishments.  The students were Yosief Abraham (Hoover High School), Amy Amoah (Eastlake High School), Jor’Denay Collier (Eastlake High School), and Angel Rios (Lincoln High School).

Dr. Branch presented a President’s Award to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra for his service and leadership.  Attorney General Becerra has decades of experience serving the people of California through appointed and elected office, where he has fought for working families, the vitality of the Social Security and Medicare programs and issues to combat poverty among the working poor.

The San Diego NAACP honored three individuals for their community service.  Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell, Vice President, State Governmental Affairs and External Affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Company is an active member of the community.  He currently serves on the board of directors of the San Diego Museum of Art, the Voice of San Diego and the California Asian Chamber of Commerce.  Rebecca Paida is the Senior Program Manager for Nile Sisters Development Initiative.  The mission of that organization is to educate, support and offer training to refugee and immigrant women and their families to help them overcome barriers to social and economic self-reliance.  Ms. Paida is a former refugee who is intimately aware of the health disparities as well as the social and economic challenges people face when relocating to a new community.  Eric Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs at San Diego State University has dedicated his life to advancing access, student success and achievement for all students in higher education.  Under his leadership the division significantly expanded learning communities and student support centers such as the Black Resource Center, Commuter Resource Center and the Women’s Resource Center.

The San Diego NAACP honored four organizations for their community service.  The California Innocence Project (CIP) is a law school clinic, founded in 1999 at California Western School of Law, dedicated to freeing the innocent, training law students and changing laws and policies in the state of California.  Since its inception, CIP has freed 30 people from prison who have served more than 340 years in prison for crimes they did not commit.  The San Diego People of Color Quilt Guild provides a forum for the continuation of the tradition of quilting as an art and a method of recording history and storytelling.  They donate baby quilts to military families.  They donate quilts to community members who are ill.  Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter provides scholarships to youth in the San Diego community.   Its signature event held in April is “Zeta to a Tea, Military Women Rock!”  The event honors women who have or are serving our country in the military.  Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Omicron Iota Sigma Chapter serves the community though activities that include providing scholarships, contributing to organized charities and promoting voter education and voter registration.

The San Diego NAACP holds its general membership meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Community Room of the Jacobs Center located at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego.  The meetings are open to the public.

Here are photographs of attendees and honorees and performances from the dinner:

The Union Tribune covered the dinner:

San Diego NAACP honors service at Freedom Fund Dinner

The San Diego NAACP held its Freedom Fund gala dinner.

And this was the event program:

NAACP 2018 Booklet 10.5.18

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Housing is a Health Issue

Our Keynote Speaker

Omar Passons Esq, MPH
– Keynote Speaker –

Omar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and evaluated public health and social service programs. Omar has spent the last decade working to stimulate and foster local businesses.  As a land use attorney, …

Health Focus

La’Toya Renea Garrett, LMFT
– Panelist –

La’Toya Renea Garrett is the founder of Anu Legacy Counseling Services, LLC which has an integrative holistic approach to wellness, acknowledging the mind, body, spirit communication throughout the human experience. …

Monica Hinton, PhD
– Panelist –

Monica Hinton, PhD has worked in Mental Health and Substance Abuse for over 20 years. She is a Behavioral Health Therapist at SHARP McDonald Center, which is a medically supervised …

Dr Samira Jones
– Panelist –

Dr. Samira Jones is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Nutrition Consultant who works with the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division. Dr. Jones is a trained dietitian …

Angela de Joseph
– Panelist –

Angela de Joseph is the writer-producer-director of State of Emergency: Tackling Black Men’s Health, a documentary that addresses the health crisis among African American men and has been embraced by …

Mary Tesfaldet
– Panelist –

Mary Tesfaldet is currently enrolled at San Diego State University, and is President of the NAACP San Diego Youth Council.

Housing Focus

Rev. Richard Lawrence
– Panelist –

The Rev. Richard Lawrence, a retired Methodist clergyman whose ministry is committed to social justice, organized and has served as the first chair of the San Diego Affordable Housing Coalition …

David Estrella
– Panelist –

Director, Housing and Community Development Services Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego San Diego, CA David Estrella joined the County of San Diego in 2002. He is …

Shonda Herold
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Shonda Herold joined the development team at Wakeland Housing and Development Corporation in 2017. She is serving as project manager on two developments, representing $53 million of investment in affordable …

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi
– Panelist –

Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi serves as the Assistant Director of Public Service at USD Law, where she directs USD Law’s Pro Bono Program and advises students to help launch their public service …

Kathryn Rhodes
– Panelist –

Kathryn Rhodes is a Civil Engineer and Housing and Community Activist.


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