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Dear Friends and Supporters of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) San Diego Branch.

It is with boundless joy and excitement that I greet you as the President of the NAACP San Diego Branch in this, our 100th year of Civil Rights service to San Diego.  We stand on the shoulders of the bold and courageous women and men who have served this city for so long. It is an honor to serve.

On October 11, 2019, the NAACP San Diego Branch will engage in a grand celebration of our 100th Anniversary with the best Freedom Fund Dinner we have ever had.  This year we have the opportunity to obtain the Grammy Award-Winning Artist, Mr Curtis Taylor and his trio to entertain us during this grand celebration. You won’t want to miss him.

The Freedom Fund Dinner is scheduled for October 11, 2019 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation located at 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 from 06:00pm to 10:00pm.

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.

We look forward to seeing you!


Clovis M. Honoré, President

NAACP San Diego Branch

Our Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Judge Rod Shelton

Rod Shelton was elected to the San Diego Superior Court Bench on November 7, 2006. He was sworn into seat number 36 on January 8, …

Our Honorees

Makeda “Dread” Cheatom grew up in San Diego, CA and has dedicated her life to music, art, culture and well being. In 1971, she opened …

James Jackson

James was born in Huntington, WV., from where he later joined the U.S. Navy in 1981, and married his wife Terri in 1985. James retired as a Master Chief Petty …

    Vincent Riveroll

    “With Students First” Vincent Riveroll is the founding director of Gompers Preparatory Academy (GPA), serving as the school’s executive leader and principal teacher since 2004. A cum laude alumnus of …

      Jason Sevier
      – Honoree –

      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 …

        Kevin C. Alvin
        – Honoree –

        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 …

          J. Luke Wood, PhD
          – Honoree –

          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 …

            Larry Blackman
            – Honoree –

            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 …

              Dr Leonard J. Thompson III
              – Honoree –

              President & CEO M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records Inc.   Dr Leonard J. Thompson III is the youngest of two children raised in a single parent household but by no means at a …

                Shaniia McMorris
                – Student Honoree –

                  Shaniia’s life is a tribute to her personal power.  The strength, perseverance, and courage that she has shown through the trials and tribulations in her life is a testament …

                  Amara Beaty
                  – Student Honoree –

                  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 …

                    Nehemyah Gray
                    – Student Honoree –

                    Nehehmyah’s commitment to excellence is evident in her achievement of Valedictorian at San Pasqual Academy. Her ability to overcome many obstacles and adversity, through her experiences as a foster youth, …

                      Jose Elenes Reyes Jr.

                      José’s impressive set of achievements, in the face of tremendous life challenges, is a testament to his personal strength.  The sheer determination that it took to accomplish a high grade-point …

                        Our Headliners

                        Karlene Chavis
                        – Mistress of Ceremonies –

                        Karlene Chavis shares her knowledge and passion for science and meteorology as Chief Meteorologist, delivering your weeknight forecasts on NEWS 8 on CBS 8 and the CW San Diego. Karlene …

                          Robert E. Dean
                          – Master of Ceremonies –

                          Robert E. Dean started singing at the early age of 5 at his the Israelite Church Of God In Christ( Son Shine Band Choir). At the tender age of 7, …

                            Curtis Taylor
                            – Featured Musician –

                            Grammy Award winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor’s lyrical and melodic improvisational style displays a level of maturity far beyond his counterparts. His unique blend of soulfulness, harmonic sensibilities and rhythm melt …

                              The Silent Auction

                              The Silent Auction is a beloved part of our Freedom Fund Dinner, and this our 100th Anniversary is no different.  This year, we have sculptures from Zimbabwe, original artwork from across the country (and right here in San Diego) as well as an autographed football, luxury goods and jewelry.  And that’s just part of what we’ve collected so far!

                              You’ll need a ticket to the dinner to bid on these items.

                              Ticketing is Closed

                              We are so grateful to everyone who has purchased tickets, sponsorships and program ads, but as of 5pm October 4th, all sales are closed.  We look forward to seeing you at the Dinner!

                              However, you can still support our work by visiting and becoming a member or making a donation!