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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.



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.