Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon Sept 14th through Sun Sept 20th, 2020
About the Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar

The purpose of the Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar is to connect the Black Community of CSU Monterey Bay with the local Black Communities of the Greater Monterey Bay Area. The idea for the calendar came out of the community forums organized as part of CSUMB's annual Super Saturday Black student recruitment events. The Calendar is edited by Steven Goings with new editions being released every Monday. To submit an event for possible inclusion, please send to The submission deadline is Friday at 6pm.
Editor's Note:
Throughout this newsletter, Blue Underlined copy (including above!) indicates a searchable link.
Second Bi-monthly CSUMB & Black Community Town & Gown Forum

Sept 14 from 6 to 7:30 PM. Contact Steven Goings at or for zoom link and password.

Full Agenda for Sept 14, 2020 Black Town & Gown Meeting

1.      Welcome: 15 min
2.      CSUMB Updates – 15 min
a.      Center for Black Student Success -- Dr. Umi Vaughan
 b.      Black Faculty Letter on systemic racism -- Dr. Vanessa Littleton
c.      Mandla Mentoring -- Dr. Vivian Waldrup-Patterson
d.      Harambee -- Steven Goings
e.      Historically Black Church Tour -- Steven Goings
f. Black Students United -- Darchelle Burnett
3.      Community Updates – 15 min
a.      NAACP -- Josh Stewart
b.      The Village Project -- Dirrick Williams
c.      Campus Town -- Danny Bakewell, Jr.
d. Historically Black Churches -- Pastor Ronald Britt
e.      City of Seaside -- Mayor Ian Oglesby
f.      Youth Summit -- Dr. Vanessa Littleton
g.      Court Emergency Response Team -- Regina Mason
h. Outreach to Black Community -- Lacey Raak
4.      Pipeline to College -- 15 mins -- Dr. Brian Corpening
a.      How would you like to see your Super Saturday look like this year?
5.      Discussion Breakout Rooms: 15 minutes
a.      Monterey Bay Black History Preservation Committee w/Steven Goings
b.      Monterey Bay Black Professionals Speaker’s Bureau w/ Alice Jordan
c.      Civic Engagement / Voter Registration Committee w/ Nathaniel Sawyer
d.      Monterey Black Folks Recruitment Committee w/ Dr. Vanessa Lopez Littleton
e. Court Emergency Report Team w/ Regina Mason
f. Super Saturday w/ Brian Corpening
6.      Break out room reports15 minutes

Recruiting Teachers of Color for MPUSD!

Ann Jealous has been in conversation with MPUSD Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh about the need to bring in more Black and teachers of color to Monterey K-12 schools, and asked for our help in getting word out to possible candidates for the Alder Teacher Residency program they are offering.

Adler Teacher Residency is recruiting now for the 2021-2022 school year. Application deadline Nov. 9, 2020.

$15,000 living stipend
$10,000 tuition reimbursement for math, science, and SPED candidates
Year-long apprenticeship with Mentor Teacher
Master's Degree and Credential in one-year
Priority hiring for full-time position at MPUSD

Requirements: BA completed by June 2021; 3.0 GPA preferred; eligible to work in US

More info, contact Superintendent PK Differbaugh at:

Check out website at: Alder Teacher Residency
In the Spotlight:

Mrs. Helen Rucker

The City of Seaside helps Mrs. Rucker celebrate her 88th Birthday!

Hailed by some as "the Queen of Seaside" (and many other superlatives as well!) Mrs. Helen Rucker attempted to have a quiet little (masked and social distanced) gathering at her Seaside home on Sat, Sept 5th -- two days after she turned 88 years old.

Ever the quintessential Community Activist, she used the occasion as an opportunity to gather supplies for the homeless. A steady stream of admirers and well wishers made the pilgrimage with tribute in the form of food, blankets, clothing -- even school supplies -- for the homeless among us.

Despite Mrs. Rucker's humble attempt to avoid gaudy fan fare with a modest shindig in her driveway, patio and garage, the City of Seaside was not having it! Perhaps they were suffering from withdrawal from Helen's virtual omnipresence before COVID-19 slowed everything -- even Helen -- down. Nevertheless, the City of Seaside was unwilling to be deprived of an opportunity to give proper homage to it's Queen.

Tue Sept 8th, Mrs. Helen Rucker was greeted with a surprise Birthday Parade of city officials, police cars and fire engines that more aptly demonstrated the overflow of respect and affection for this singular local figure.
Happy Birthday, Helen!
Click Here for a clip of Helen Rucker's celebration
More videos and articles about Helen Rucker:

Fall 2020 Harambee African Heritage Men's Community Gathering Kicks off Sept 14 from 3:30 to 5 PM.

Send request to for zoom link and password.
About Harambee
Harambee is exclusively for Black & African Heritage Male Students of CSU Monterey Bay. It is a weekly semester-long support and community building group for the benefit of Black male students. It was originally formed in fall 1999 and facilitated and developed by Mr. Mel Mason, LCSW and was revived in 2016 and now facilitated by Steven Goings, MSW.

As Mr. Mason wrote in his description of the Harambee African Heritage Men's Support Group, "Unlike a traditional support group with a Counselor as facilitator and students as group participants, the Harambee group is made up of not only students ("Peers" [or "Warriors"]), but also of faculty and staff members who are of African descent. These faculty and staff serve as mentors ("Elders").

Additionally, successful males of African descent from the local community periodically come in as special guests to speak and interact with group members. These Community Elders provide visual examples of the possibilities of success that exists for African American [and African Heritage] males if they prepare for it."

If you are an African American or African Heritage male community member and would like to be a Harambee guest, contact Steven Goings at
Voter Registration at the Recognizing Military Service Center

Weekly: Wed-Sat from 3 to 6 PM
Located at 2087 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside

Long time members, Mary Davis and Yvonne Kirkland will be on hand to register voters at the RMSC. At the same time, Michelle's Soul Food Kitchen is available on-site for take out.

If you are interested in volunteering for the Voter Registration Drive, contact Mary Davis at
Truth Be Told! with Dirrick Willams
White Rage Part 2
“What is White Rage...?
It’s not the Klan. White rage does not have to wear sheets, burn crosses, or take to the streets. Working the halls of power, it can achieve its ends far more effectively, far more destructively.”
- Carol Anderson

This is an amazing example of the misconception of who embodies White Rage and as well as highlighting where society has hidden white rage in plain sight. This four-part discussion hosted by Dirrick Williams with Mel Mason and Fred Jealous on "White Rage" will make you reflect and encourage you to continue asking yourselves why is it here?

Tok2Me tv will be showcasing our 4-part discussions on White Rage. Follow the Tok2me Facebook page to see all of the latest updates on our weekly internet channel.

Click Here for White Rage Part 2
Fall 2020 Historically Black Virtual Church Tour... Kicks off Sun Sept 20 at Greater Victory Temple at 11 AM.

Ways to attend Sunday's Service:

  1. Go to the Greater Victory Temple website and click on Live Stream
  2. Go to the Greater Victory Temple Facebook page where the service will be broadcast live
  3. To join the Historically Black Church Tour Watch Party, join the Monterey Bay Black Folks Calendar Facebook group and login before 11 am. All members will receive a watch party notification through Facebook
In the Spotlight:

Greater Victory Temple, COGIC

"The year was 1943, when the seed of ministry, which was to become the Greater Victory Temple, was planted in the rich fertile spirit of a young, Elder Sennie Rudolph Martin.

One evening, early in that year, Elder Martin laid down to rest and the Lord spoke to him through a vision…

A woman sat in a rocking chair, with a young girl standing nearby. The woman suddenly began to weep saying, 'We are in Monterey and there is no church here'.

Elder Martin, recognizing that his vision was a message from God, rose early the next morning, gathered his family, wife Primrose, and their two sons, Rudolph Junior and Daniel Clay and went in search of Monterey and the woman in his vision. 

Finally arriving in Monterey, Elder Martin asked where he could find the Christians who lived in this town. He was given an address that led to a little house upon a hill. To his gentle knock, he received a reply so weak that it was barely audible. So, he knocked again. Again, the voice came, a bit stronger because of the obvious effort, saying, 'Come in, the door is open.' When he pushed the door open, the full impact of his spirit-stirring vision returned as he beheld her. There she sat, the woman in a rocking chair and the little girl standing nearby who was getting her hair combed. Before he could speak, she said, 'You’re a preacher. The Lord has sent you. I am sick, please pray for me.'”

Click Here to continue reading the history of Greater Victory Temple, Church of God in Christ from their website
In the Spotlight:
Pastor Ronald Britt
Elder Ronald Britt was born and raised in Ozark, Alabama to the late Pastor Willie F. Britt Sr. and Mrs. Betty C. Britt. Elder Ronald Britt accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior on May 26, 1982. In 1984 Elder Ronald Britt enlisted in the United States Army and was later assigned in 1985 to the Fort Ord Army base where he served five years. During that time he became a faithful member of the Greater Victory Temple COGIC and later accepted his call to ministry and became a minister under the pastoral leadership and tutelage of Bishop W. W. Hamilton. In 1987 he met and married the love of his life Sister Angelia (Sims) Britt, together they have three children, Cherisa L. (Barton) Britt, Dr. Nicole Sims, Rayford Sims, and one granddaughter Keyana Barton. Elder Ronald Britt also served 23 years as a Deputy Sheriff for Santa Clara County Department of Corrections.

In 1989 Elder Ronald Britt was ordered as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ, Inc. During his 30 years service at Greater Victory Temple Church, he has served in several capacities of the church which include Youth Extravaganza coordinator, Youth Pastor, Personal Assistant, and Personal Adjutant to Bishop W. W. Hamilton, Vice Chairman of the Trustee Board, Senior Assistant Pastor and Chief of Operations Officer.

Elder Ronald Britt not only serves faithfully at his local church, but also serves as the Chief Adjutant of California Northwest Jurisdiction, Jurisdictional Executive Board Member, Jurisdictional Vice-Chairman to the Pastors and Elders Council as well as a member of the National COGIC Security Department, and as an overseer of the National COGIC Adjutants Department.

On January 1, 2016 Elder Ronald Britt was elevated to the Pastor of the Greater Victory Temple Church COGIC in Seaside, CA. He is an anointed man of God chosen for such a time as this who’s life exemplifies Luck 4:18-19 which states, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach the deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

CSUMB Events:
The newly created Center for Black Student Success announces its inaugural programming.

Fall 2020 Artists

October 1, 2020
6:00pm — 7:30pm

The Center for Black Student Success invites you to experience Kiazi Malonga performing traditional drum rhythms from the Congo and in conversation with HCOM Professor Umi Vaughan about the role of drumming in African Diaspora cultures.

(Zoom Link has not yet been provided)

Cultural Programming
The Center for Black Student Successbrings relevant cultural programming to campus by welcoming authors, artists, scholars, and performers from throughout the African Diaspora to enrich the CSUMB experience with concerts, workshops, exhibits focused on engaging and inspiring Black students.

Upcoming events include:

  • Keenan Norris: October 8, 2020 Time: 6-7:30pm

  • Black finances Matter with Byb Bibene: October 22, 2020, Time: 6-7:30 pm

  • Chef/Musician/Researcher: Roberto Perez (URBAN PILÓN) November 12, 2020, Time: 6-7:30 pm

  • Nate Cameron: December 3, 2020, Time: 6-7:30 pm
Voices of WOMEN
in Leadership
111 NAACP Virtual National Convention

The annual convention of the NAACP shall establish policies and programs of action for the ensuing year. Join us as we have imperative conversations discussions around COVID-19, voting and economic stability for Blacks.



Sunday, Sept 13
Public Opening Address, 6:00pm

Monday, Sept 14
Health & Wealth Conversation, 7:00pm

Tuesday, Sept 15
Youth Conversation, 7:00pm

Wednesday, Sept 16
Labor Conversation, 6:00pm
Criminal Justice Conversation, 7:15pm

Thursday, Sept 17
Civic Engagement Conversation, 7:00pm

Friday, Sept 18
Black Voter Day presented by BET
Addressing Racial Equity Registration Link
Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month Profile Link

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She was signed to Columbia Records in 1988 and rose to fame after releasing her eponymous debut album two years later. Carey is the first artist in history to have their first five singles become consecutive number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 (from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions"). Renowned for her five-octave vocal rangemelismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, Carey is referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by Guinness World Records.

Throughout her career, Carey has sold over 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. With a total of 19 songs topping the Billboard Hot 100, Carey holds the record for the most number-one singles by a solo artista female songwriter, and a female producer, and she is the only artist to hit number one on the chart in each year of a decade (1990s decade). According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the second-highest-certified female artist in the United States, with 66.5 million certified album units. In 2012, she was ranked second on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.

In 2019, Billboard named her the all-time top female artist in the United States, based on both album and song chart performances. Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won five Grammy Awards, nineteen World Music Awards, ten American Music Awards, and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. An inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, she is noted for inspiring other artists in pop and contemporary R&B music.

Click Here to continue reading Mariah Carey's Wikipedia page.
Useful Links:

  • Here is something the Monterey County Branch NAACP is working on. You can send your entries directly to

  • Check out the list and add your bio and photo to it.

  • We all know the so-called criminal justice system treats our folks much more harshly than others, sometimes just having community members show up at court can make a difference in how things turn out.

  • Check it out or add your favorite to the list

  • With so few African Americans working in our K-12 and higher education systems, our kids have too few opportunities to see professionals and role models who look like them. We are looking for Black community members and professionals who can be called on to be occasional guest speakers in local classrooms.

Black Voices and Photo Portrait Project
  • Local photographer Nic Coury has launched this Black Portrait Project and looking for subjects. If interested in posing for a professional picture message him on Facebook or send me ( your contact info for me to forward.

  • Just the basic public contact and position info

  • Click on this google document to share your thoughts about what is needed in the Black community. We will prioritize them for further action.

  • Check out the current list of churches, update existing entries or add new ones.

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