Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon Oct 5th through Sun Oct 11th, 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.
Steven's Take on Expansion of Harambee African Heritage Men's Group

For the past four years, I have had the great pleasure and honor of facilitating CSUMB's Harambee African Heritage Men's Group at CSUMB's Personal Growth and Counseling Center.

Originally started by community icon Mel Mason, LCSW, Harambee is a support group for Black male students to foster pride in their African heritage through celebration of accomplishments and community. We meet every Monday of the semester from 3:30 to 5pm. The group is also supported by Black male staff & faculty and frequently includes Black male elders of the community as guest speakers. 

However, as most CSUMB students are back in their home towns with their families, Harambee has been under utilized so far this semester. That's why I am happy to announce that the Personal Growth and Counseling Center in coordination with CSUMB's Center for Black Student Success and the Transfer Center, is now opening Harambee attendance to Black Male identified students of MPC, Hartnell, Cabrillo and Gavilan community colleges. 

Please spread the word!

To receive the zoom link and passcode, contact Steven Goings at
Candidate's Corner
Meet the Candidates
On Monday, October 5, all eight candidates for Seaside City Council and Mayor will participate in a candidate forum hosted by Sustainable Seaside and the League of Women Voters. Register by clicking here and then clicking the registration button in the bottom right corner, and then submit your questions for us at the same time! As in years past, this forum is always the premiere event for voters looking to learn more about who's on their ballot, so please make it a point to check it out!
If you have any questions, you can email for help!
Vote Tinisha Dunn for Seaside City Council 2020

YouTube Video (2 mins)

From former Seaside City Councilwoman and longtime activist, Mrs. Helen Rucker:

Support for Tinisha Dunn for Seaside City Council

I met a young woman named Tinisha the other day and I was impressed by her background and what she has done to advance herself. I knew her great grandparents back in the 60s and 70s. We worked together with Lee Toler in our efforts to help people who were imprisoned because of petty drug crimes. I found that this young lady has worked her way up in the Surgery Center. She has a great model in her mother who is a MPC Trustee. She wants to show other young people who grew up in Seaside that they, too, can help lead our city. I am impressed. I will be voting for her this November.


Helen Rucker Sept 22, 2020

Truth Be Told! with Dirrick Willams
I need a ghost writer, sort of. I have a project that needs attention right away. Do you know of anyone who could help organize and write a short project… yes of course I will pay.
Please read and sign my petition: Banner of Reconciliation. A State Bill proposal regarding race relations in America.
Dirrick Williams
Dirrick Williams Enterprises, LLC
Office:   831-383-1261
Cellular: 831-383-2205

Fall 2020 Historically Black Virtual Church Tour...

On Oct 4th, 2020, we visited Emmanuel Church of God in Christ. Here is a link to the Sunday Service Recording.

This week we visit Emmanuel Church of God in Christ...

Sun Oct 11, 11 AM

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Ways to attend Sunday's Service:

  1. Go to Bethel Facebook page where the service will be broadcast live
  2. 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.
NAACP Monterey County Branch Recruiting New Leadership

From Nomination Committee Chair Steven Goings:

The Monterey County Branch NAACP Nomination Committee is in the process of considering candidates for Officers and at-large Executive Committee members for the 2021-2022 term of office.  

If you are a member in good standing (defined as a paid member since April 1, 2020 that has not resigned from the Branch since then) and are interested in being considered by the Nomination Committee for an office or position on the at-large Executive Committee, please send your signed consent form to and copy the Nomination Committee Chair Steven Goings at By mail, send to

NAACP Monterey County Branch
P. O. Box 782
Seaside, Ca. 93955
Example Written Consent: “I, Mr. or Mrs. X, member-in-good standing, do hereby give my consent to serve as an Officer or at-large Executive Committee member of the NAACP unit 1049 for the 2020-2021 term. Positions I am interested in being considered for include Secretary or at-large Executive Committee member.” Remember to attach your signed consent form
Additionally, you might indicate if you are interested in serving as a chair or member of a particular committee. This will simply help us to inform the next president who will appoint committee chairmanships with the consent of the next executive committee.
There are two paths to nomination:
1.      Being selected by the Nomination Committee (we must have your written consent).
2.      Attend the October 22, 2020 General Membership meeting
a.      After receiving the report of the Nomination Committee, the Chair will open up the floor for further nominations.
b.      Persons nominated in this manner “must be made by written petition and signed by at least three members in good standing.” In this case, “good standing” means having been a member for no less than 30 days prior to signing the petition.
The Nomination Committee looks forward to learning of your interest in serving the Monterey County Branch NAACP.
Steven Goings,
Nomination Committee Chair Oct 5, 2020

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
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
CSUMB Events:
The Center for Black Student Success invites you to join a conversation with novelist, essayist, and professor Keenan Norris.

October 8, 2020
6:00pm — 7:00pm

Norris will dialogue with HCOM Professor Umi Vaughan about the role of artists, especially writers, within social justice struggles, his own unique mission and writing process, and share his thoughts about the current crisis in American culture. He will also read excerpts from his second novel The Confession of Copeland Cane V, which will be published in June 2021.

Cultural Programming
The Center for Black Student Success brings 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:

  • 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
Community Events:
From Dr. Vanessa Lopez Littleton on above Youth Summit:


Please save the date and share this event with your networks.

Register here for event updates and details.
Addressing Racial Equity Registration Link
About the above "From the Base to the Face" event:

From the African American Policy Forum

Dear Friends:
This Thursday, October 8th at 9:00 a.m. PST (12:00 p.m. EST), AAPF Executive Director, Kimberlé Crenshaw will be joined by Barbara Arnwine, Alicia Garza, Rep. Barbara Lee, and Kirsten West Savali for a special Under the Blacklight titled: “From the Base to the Face of the Democratic Party: Black Women Respond to the Vice Presidential Debate.” This star-studded panel will come together following the Vice Presidential debate to analyze the recent upheavals in American politics and look ahead to November 3rd’s election.

This episode is the 17th episode of our Under the Blacklight series. The series lifts up thinking that addresses the current crises through a fully intersectional lens. We curate real-time conversations that are both rigorous and accessible to a wide and diverse audience. Among our listeners are teachers and students, activists, artists, policymakers, advocates, and community stakeholders. The audience has been actively engaged during the webinars through Twitter and the Youtube live stream.
We trust that you won’t want to miss out! 

You can read more about the panelists, and RSVP, here.

Latinx / Hispanic Heritage Month Afro-Latino Profile Link

Sammy Davis, Jr.
Samuel George Davis Jr. was an American singer, dancer, actor, vaudevillian and comedian who has been called "the greatest entertainer ever to grace a stage in these United States." At age three, Davis began his career in vaudeville with his father Sammy Davis Sr. and the Will Mastin Trio, which toured nationally. After military service, he returned to the trio and became an overnight sensation following a nightclub performance at Ciro's (in West Hollywood) after the 1951 Academy Awards. With the trio, he became a recording artist. In 1954, at the age of 29, he lost his left eye in a car accident. Several years later, he converted to Judaism, finding commonalities between the oppression experienced by African-American and Jewish communities.

After a starring role on Broadway in Mr Wonderful (1956), he returned to the stage in 1964's Golden Boy. Davis's film career began as a child in 1933. In 1960, he appeared in the Rat Pack film Ocean's 11. In 1966, he had his own TV variety show, titled The Sammy Davis Jr. Show. While Davis's career slowed in the late 1960s, his biggest hit, "The Candy Man", reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1972, and he became a star in Las Vegas, earning him the nickname "Mister Show Business".

Davis had a complex relationship with the black community and drew criticism after publicly supporting President Richard Nixon in 1972. One day on a golf course with Jack Benny, he was asked what his handicap was. "Handicap?" he asked. "Talk about handicap. I'm a one-eyed Negro who's Jewish." This was to become a signature comment, recounted in his autobiography and in many articles.

After reuniting with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in 1987, Davis toured with them and Liza Minnelli internationally, before his death in 1990. He died in debt to the Internal Revenue Service, and his estate was the subject of legal battles after the death of his wife. Davis was awarded the Spingarn Medal by the NAACP and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for his television performances. He was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 1987, and in 2001, he was posthumously awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Davis was born on December 8, 1925 in the Harlem section of Manhattan in New York City, the son of African-American entertainer and stage performer Sammy Davis Sr. (1900–1988) and to tap dancer and stage performer Elvera Sanchez (1905–2000). During his lifetime, Davis stated that his mother was Puerto Rican and born in San Juan. However, in the 2003 biography In Black and White, author Wil Haygood wrote that Davis' mother was born in New York City to Cuban parents, who were of Afro-Cuban, and Spanish descent, and that Davis claimed he was Puerto Rican because he feared anti-Cuban backlash would hurt his record sales. Davis' parents were vaudeville dancers. As an infant, he was reared by his paternal grandmother. When he was three years old, his parents separated. His father, not wanting to lose custody of his son, took him on tour.

Click Here to continue reading Sammy Davis, Jr.'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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