Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon Sept 7th through Sun Sept 13th, 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 AfricanQuazar@gmail.com. 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: Chadwick Boseman and the Black Panther

I have been a comic book (read superhero!) fan for over 50 years. I must have been about six or seven years old when I discovered the Black Panther in an old Fantastic Four comic book written and introduced by comic book legend -- and under-appreciated anti-racist activist in his medium -- Stan Lee.

I was awe-struck! First of all, at that age, it had never occurred to me that all super-heroes were White until I saw the Black Panther. Of course at that age, I also didn't know how revolutionary he was.

Accustomed as I was to playing superheroes as a little kid with a sheet or towel tied around my neck like a cape, I began discarding the cape because I wanted to play the Black Panther! At the time (early '70s), he was cooler than Batman! He defeated the entire Fantastic Four just for sport!!

Not only was he a king and master strategist, he was also a scientist and fantastic inventor from a hidden kingdom that was both primal and a technological wonderland. Although fictional, he was truly the Jackie Robinson of comic books -- or maybe the Sidney Poitier.

Chadwick Boseman - a real live super-hero if there ever was one - it could be argued was both Robinson and Poitier!

I first became aware of Boseman when he played Jackie Robinson in the 2013 biopic 42 which was a solid performance. The following year, he was absolutely electrifying as James Brown in Get On Up! Then he performed an actor's triple play for iconic Black hero portrayals in 2017 as Thurgood Marshall in Marshall. Until now, Denzel Washington had been Sidney Poitier's only true Black Hollywood heir. And then came Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman ascended to the international cultural Hall of Fame when he starred in Ryan Coogler's Marvel masterpiece, the Black Panther. Only a man whose extraordinary talent, dignity and nobility matched that of these real live heroes and superhero was worthy to play Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and T'Challa. That man was Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman and Wakanda forever!
Steven's
Events:

NCBI Welcoming Diversity Leadership Series, Harambee, Historically Black Church Tour and Black Town & Gown Forum

I am a principle facilitator for 4 ongoing campus events this semester -- only now they are all on zoom!

NCBI Welcoming Diversity Leadership Series
Bi-Weekly Fridays 11:30 to 1 pm on zoom starting Sept 11, 2020

Due to COVID-19, I have converted our signature one-day NCBI Welcoming Diversity workshop into a seven session bi-weekly series. I need people from many different backgrounds for this to work and I am opening the training to up to 10 non-CSUMB folks. Participation will be capped at 24 and all participants must be available to attend ALL sessions (Sept 11, 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; and Dec 4). If interested, register at Fall 2020 Welcoming Diversity Series Registration Form

Harambee African Heritage Men's Gathering
Weekly Mondays 3:30 to 5 pm on zoom starting Sept 14, 2020

Calling All Black Men: If you are a Black male student and would like to be supported by Black male faculty, staff and community mentors while building a sense of belonging and community -- especially during COVID and remote learning -- this is for you. Contact Steven Goings at sgoings@csumb.edu for the zoom link. Black male faculty, staff and community supporters contact me as well for the link.

Black Folks Town & Gown Forums
2nd Bi-Monthly Meeting Monday, Sept 14 6 to 7:30 on zoom

The purpose of the Black Folks Town & Gown Forums is to enhance the presence of African Americans at CSUMB & enhance the university’s presence in the community. If you are a leader in or concerned member of the Black community and are receiving this calendar, I encourage you join our second meeting on Sept 14th, 2020. This meeting will feature updates from CSUMB and Community Members, a discussion of the 2021 Super Saturday Black Student Recruitment Event and the development of Town & Gown working committees.

Historically Black Virtual Church Tour
Weekly Virtual Tour Starts Sunday, Sept 20, 2020. Times vary.

Check out the complete schedule near the end of this week's Black Folks Calendar. I will also host an additional 30 minute post-service discussion that will begin 15 minutes after the service ends. You can join the Sunday discussions with meeting ID # 578 167 6216 at https://csumb.zoom.us/my/steven.goings.meet.room
Second Bi-monthly CSUMB & Black Community Town & Gown Forum

Sept 14 from 6 to 7:30 PM. Contact Steven Goings at AfricanQuazar@gmail.com or sgoings@csumb.edu for zoom link and password.

Agenda for Sept 14, 2020 Black Town & Gown Meeting

1.      Welcome: 15 min
2.      CSUMB Updates: 15 min
3.      Community Updates: 15 min
4.      Pipeline to College / Super Saturday Discussion: 15 min
5.      Committee Breakout Rooms: 15 min
6.      Break out room reports: 15 min

Candidate's Corner:

Pastor's Hour
Sept 4, 2020 Interview of Mayor Ian Oglesby by Pastor Anthony Dunham of Friendship Baptist Church
Click Here to Watch
Candidate's Corner:
Tinisha Dunn is running for Seaside City Council
With a passion for providing leadership and service to her community, Tinsha's mission is to represent the views and voice of all residents. As a City Council member, she aspires to be one of five decision makers who provide policy and legislature for the future success of Seaside, ensuring that economic vitality and progress is in alignment with the values and visions of residents and businesses. Dunn aims to heal and restore her community with unity, humility and perseverance, while putting into focus the lens of health and wellness.

Tinisha's Take:

In her own words, Ms. Dunn makes her case for joining the Seaside City Council.

"Let's Get it Dunn" is more than a campaign slogan. It's a promise to move Seaside forward, together we can do more than talk about change, we can be about change.

I grew up in Seaside and I have experienced the ups and downs of the city. I have seen friends and family due to the lack of opportunities to build a future here.

I believe we can do better! I believe we deserve better! Seaside is on the brink of a new day. An opportunity to create our own future. A future with jobs and job training, quality housing and affordable housing for all. A city where we can shop, eat and enjoy all of the opportunities that other cities along the Peninsula have enjoyed for decades.

I am running for city council because I want to be a part of the solution. I want to be the voice for my generation, and the generation of who helped raise me, who built this city and whose hard work and determination have made Seaside the wonderful community it is. There is still room to grow.

PLEASE VOTE TINISHA DUNN FOR SEASIDE CITY COUNCIL!

Click Here for her Facebook page: Tinisha Dunn 4 Seaside
In the Spotlight:

Dr. Vivian Waldrup - Patterson, MBA, PhD

Joined CSUMB: 2014
Position: Interim Director 
Department: Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment (TLA)

Vivian brought over 27 years of testing and assessment experience from CTB/McGraw-Hill where she served in various managerial capacities including Director of Data Processing/Shared Services responsible for delivering scoring, assessment, and reporting services for over 10 million students across the United States annually. Additionally, she served as Senior Program Director managing high-stakes multi-million dollar assessment programs for state departments of education such as Massachusetts, Ohio, Mississippi, and New Mexico to name a few.

To blend her passion for music with her extensive business experience, she was hired as the Executive Manager for the Monterey Bay Blues Festival for a four-year term working with a 24-member board of directors to deliver Blues and R&B public performances by world-renown artists such as Etta James, BB King, The Neville Brothers, Taj Mahal, Barbara Morrison, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, and many others to the Monterey peninsula.

In her current role as Interim Director of Teaching, Learning & Assessment, she and her team are responsible to help educators better facilitate curricular and co-curricular learning for CSUMB students. This means delivering professional development programs, teaching and learning resources, campus-wide assessments, and collaborative opportunities for all CSUMB educators (which include faculty, student affairs, staff, students, and community partners).

Vivian is also a National Coalition Building Institute diversity skills trainer. a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a certified Koru Mindfulness and Meditation instructor. What she loves and enjoys most is collaborating with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the campus community at CSUMB.

Along with Rhonda Mercadal-Evans, Dr. Viv is co-chair of CSUMB's African Heritage Faculty & Staff Association and is the founder of the Mandla Mentoring Program 2.0
Dr. Viv's Take:
Mandla Mentoring 2.0

Dr. Vivian Waldrup-Patterson has developed a mentoring program for Black Students at CSUMB called Mandla Mentoring 2.0

Program Summary: Mandla Mentoring 2.0 offers small group mentoring opportunities for students of African heritage who wish to participate. Students who sign up will join a family mentor group under the leadership and direction of a faculty or staff professional of color or a designated ally. A successful launch of the program means that students will likely benefit from an immediate sense of belonging, connection to culture, and reliable guidance and support. Overall, the goal is to create an intentional experience of social integration for students that results in reduced stress, anxiety, and isolation increased academic productivity, and higher retention and graduation rates. 

Call to Action: Among a myriad of reasons for offering this program to students of African descent, there is a pressing concern at our campus regarding declining student enrollment. Data from the student information management system indicates that African American student enrollment has been declining for the past five years. In 2015, African American students comprised 7% of the population but by 2019, this number had dropped to 4%. This fall, we have preliminary data to expect 269 African American students compared to 324 students who attended last fall 2019 which is a further decline of 55 students. While the reasons for this declining enrollment may vary and require further research, it is clear that the contributions students of African descent bring to the diversity of the campus is at risk. 

Meeting Structure: Participation is voluntary but includes commitment to be online for one hour 5 – 6 times during the semester. Virtual meetings are on Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. The format of the meetings includes checking in, problem-solving, encouraging and supporting each other, and a brief inspirational mentor talk and discussion. Each family group will be a diverse mixture of all ranks (i.e., freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) so that students can bond and learn from each other’s curricular and co-curricular experiences. Ideally, the family group size will be 6 – 8 students for each mentor. 

Mentor Training and Feedback: Mentors will receive training and meet before and after the family group sessions with students. Students will have the opportunity to complete a short feedback survey after each group meeting. Student feedback will be collected, summarized, and discussed at the check-in meetings. Students will be directed to campus or community resources when required by the situation. Mentors will build relationships with students that are professional, open, honest, and on trust. 
Truth Be Told!
This past weekend, Dirrick Williams of Tok 2 Me TV, was able to sit down and have an in-depth conversation on the topic of white rage with two active members of the community, Mel Mason and Fred Jealous.

Williams: "I look forward to sharing our full discussion on tok2me.tv on 9/7/2020".

In the Spotlight:

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

IBRAM X. KENDI is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist voices.


At CSUMB, members of the President's Committee on Equity and Inclusion will be leading discussions based upon Kendi's #1 New York Times bestseller, HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST which made several Best Books of 2019 lists and was described the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.”

Kendi currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Kendi was born in 1982 to parents who came of age during the Black power movement in New York City. They were student activists and Christians inspired by Black liberation theology. While Kendi was in high school, his family moved from Jamaica, Queens, to Manassas, Virginia. He traveled further south and attended Florida A&M University, where he majored in journalism. By the end of his tenure at FAMU, he had become alienated from sports journalism and increasingly interested in engaging in racial justice work. He picked up a second major in African American Studies and graduated in 2004.

After working for a time as a journalist at The Virginian Pilot, Kendi pursued his graduate studies. At 27 years old, he earned his doctoral degree in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010.

In 2013, he changed his middle name from Henry to Xolani (meaning "Peace" in Zulu) and surname from Rogers to Kendi when he wed Sadiqa Kendi, a pediatric emergency physician from Albany, Georgia. They chose their new name together and unveiled “Kendi,” meaning "loved one" in Meru, to their family and friends at their wedding. Their wedding photos, including Sadiqa's beautiful gold dress, were featured in Essence Magazine.

In 2017, he became a full professor, the highest professorial rank, at 34 years old.
Upcoming
CSUMB Events:
An Evening with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

September 9, 2020
6:00pm — 7:00pm

The Otter Student Union and Otter Cross Cultural Center are proud to invite you to enjoy a 45 minute discussion with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi on how to build an anti-racist world. Conversation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

A Day of Action for Racial Justice Registration Link
Social Justice Dialogues #1 Election 2020:
Call to Action When Democracy is at Risk
September 9th
12-1:30 PM

This is a program that will enable students, faculty and staff to share knowledge in a safe space regardless of rank, contributing as equals, in ways that everyone’s ideas, thoughts and contributions are respected. The leadership and facilitation of the dialogues will be shared and rotated between students, faculty, staff and community leaders.
Historically Black Virtual Church Tour Starts Sunday September 20, 2020

Schedule:

Sept 20

Emmanuel Church of God in Christ (COGIC)

Sept 27

Friendship Baptist Church

Oct 4

Greater Victory Temple COGIC

Oct 11

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church

Oct 18

Lighthouse Full Gospel Church

Oct 25

New Hope Baptist Church, Seaside

Nov 1

New Hope Baptist Church, Salinas

Nov 8

Holy Assembly Missionary Baptist Church

Nov 15 

Mount Nebo Baptist Church

Upcoming
NATIONAL Event:
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.

Schedule

WEEK ONE

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
Useful Links:


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

  • 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 (africanquazar@gmail.com) 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.

Monterey Bay Black Folks Weekly Event Calendar 
Submit to AfricanQuazar@gmail.com