This year your Branch will once again march in celebration of the birth of Reverend Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Please come out and join your Branch in honoring one of the great leaders in the history of the struggle for civil rights, not to mention one of the great leaders in American and World history.
Not a Branch member? March with us anyway — all are welcome! You may join right at the parade, but even if you’re not ready to join, we want you with us.
We are asking folks to wear either their purple NAACP San Diego Branch t-shirts or their black and gold ACT-SO t-shirts. If you don’t have a shirt, come as you are! You can buy a shirt at the parade, or march in whatever feels best to you.
Want to help us decorate our ride? Arrive by 10:00am to 1600 Harbor Drive; text 619-567-9149 for precise information on where the decorating is happening.
Arrive by 1pm to march in the parade; meet at the fountain. NAACP members will be at the Guardian of Water round fountain on the Bay side of the County Administration Building, 1600 Harbor Drive, and will guide you to where we will march.
If you can’t find us, ask Parade officials for NAACP San Diego Branch, Division 1, Position 21. We’re between San Diego Pride and Bethel Baptist Church, if that helps.
Consider using transit! Parking around the parade is difficult. Consider taking the trolley or coaster; get off either at the Santa Fe Station or the County Center Station.
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!
On February 13th, NAACP San Diego Branch President Clovis Honoré was invited to address the officers and men of the USS Somerset, an “amphibious transport dock” of the US Navy. Contrary to its rather pedestrian job title, the Somerset is an advanced part not only of the Navy’s ability to support amphibious warfare, but also has played crucial roles in humanitarian relief efforts. As easily as it can put Marines on a beach, it can take threatened civilians off a beach.
EC3 Penrose, a member of the Somerset’s Cultural Diversity Committee, asked the NAACP if we could supply a speaker for their Black History Month program, and we were very happy to do so.
We arrived during the middle of a security drill, which made getting on base rather more difficult, but EC3 Penrose sent FC1 Watkins to our aid, and we were soon boarding the Somerset. Once there, we were greeted by Executive Officer Brayton. After setting up for our talk, Captain Bateshansky arrived, and greeted us warmly.
Mr Honoré’s talk was listened to with interest by the 100 or so sailors present. Sadly, his remarks were extemporaneous, and we cannot provide a transcript. However, you may view the talk in its entirety above.
After the conclusion of his talk, the men and women of the Somerset crowded eagerly around to ask questions and take pictures with Mr Honoré.
Finally, we were given a tour of the ship, led by DC2 Vaugh, the Somerset’s Sailor of the Year. The tour was fascinating, including the ship’s museum. In the museum (and throughout the ship) are memorabilia of the victims and families of United Flight 93. Flight 93 was the flight whose passengers took back from the 9/11 hijackers and prevented its being used as a weapon, at sacrifice of their own lives. The USS Somerset was christened in their honor, and bears the name of Somerset County where the flight crashed.
It was a solemn and moving experience to present aboard the Somerset, and we look forward to cementing a strong relationship with the Armed Forces, not only aboard the Somerset but across all of San Diego.