Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon Feb 3 through Sun Feb 9th, 2020
This Week's Events
Mon Feb 3, 3:30 to 5 PM

For CSUMB Community Members


Personal Growth & Counseling Center, Room 90

Harambee meets every Monday from 3:30 to 5 PM

Feb 3rd, Special Guest: Mr. Mel Mason.

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

Jackie Craghead 1st Baptist PG
Sunday Feb 9th, 10:00 AM
Black Sunday
1st Baptist Church of Pacific Grove
With Rev. Warrent Bryant, Jr.
246 Laurel Ave., Pacific Grove

CSUMB goes to church for Black History Month! CSUMB community members will be visiting First Baptist Church of Pacific Grove which is the oldest Historically Black Church (HBC) on the Monterey Peninsula having just celebrated 110 years!

According to the Monterey County Weekly, 1st Baptist Church of Pacific Grove "was front and center in the civil rights movement, launching the local chapter of the NAACP in 1932, and working to desegregate the MPUSD faculty and the Peninsula landscape.."

Following the 10 AM service, there will be a fellowship lunch so church organizers will need a count of CSUMB community members attending. 

If planning to stay for the Fellowship Lunch (recommended) send email confirmation to Steven Goings at for the registration link.

This is the 2nd stop on the semester long Historically Black Church Tour. Participating churches and dates are:

Feb 16, Greater Victory Temple, Seaside
Feb 23, Emmanuel COGIC, Seaside
Mar 1, Bethel Baptist Church, Seaside
Mar 8, New Hope Baptist, Seaside
Mar 15, Lighthouse Full Gospel, Seaside
Mar 22, Holy Assembly Missionary, Marina
Apr 12, Christian Memorial Tabernacle, P.G.
Apr 19, Ocean View Baptist, Seaside
Apr 26, Community Mission Baptist, Seaside
May 3, Hays Christ. MethoEpiscopal, Seaside

For Full Tour Schedule and Car Pool Information, Click Here

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 Calendar is edited by Steven Goings, MSW and is entirely voluntary and looking for institutional support. To submit an event for possible inclusion, please send to The plan is to send out the Calendar every Monday at 9 AM for those who wish to receive it. The deadline for Monday submissions is midnight of the previous Thursday.
A Community Call For Black Art, Bios and Pictures for the All Black Gala Art & History Digital Display!
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F rom Dr. Vivian Waldrup Patterson, Black Art & History Organizing Committee:

Dear CSUMB Community & Community Partners: 

We are collecting Black Artwork/Images for a presentation at the All Black Gala 2020 on February 16 at the University Center (see full event description below).

To enhance the experience of the evening , we are also presenting entertainment and  a digital Black Art & History Exhibition.  

To create the presentation, w e are collecting Black Art images from students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members , local artists, and others . If you would like to contribute your artwork or you know of  anyone who would like to participate, please let us know.

Submission Requirements

1. Black Art images must include the artist name , affiliation to CSUMB (if any), and position (i.e., if they are a student, faculty, staff, lo cal artist s , etc).

2. Black Art images must be high-quality and a minimum of 200 DPI professional portfolio quality .

3. Black Artwork can be digitized quickly using even lighting with an iPhone camera or any other camera. If you need assistance, please let us know.

4. All submissions must include a signed release form by the artist and/or contributor. Click here to print - PDF Release Form

5. Please attached the images and the release form to an email and send it to us at:  

To be sure your images are included, please submit as soon as possible. The deadline for all submissions is February 10, 2020. 

Also you may direct any questions for the Black Art & History Exhibition Organizing committee to x4574.
Click here for more information about the All Black Gala.
Suited Steven
F rom Steven Goings, CSUMB and Black Community Activist:

Dear CSUMB Community & Community Partners:

My name is Steven Goings, a resident of Seaside, Life Member of the Monterey County Branch NAACP and part of CSU Monterey Bay’s African American Heritage Faculty and Staff Alliance. I am engaged in an ongoing project to assist CSUMB in doing its part to help preserve the unique cultural heritage of local Seaside/Monterey Bay Black/African American history and revitalize Monterey County Black/African American communities through the development of related programs, community building infrastructure and the collection of our stories, art and history. 

We invite your participation in the following upcoming events and activities:
Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
First Edition starts Monday, January 27, 2020. Sign-up to receive this weekly events calendar by sending your email address to . You can also send events related to local Black and African American communities to the same address. The calendar will be sent out each Monday at 9 AM; deadline for submissions for the Monday calendar will be midnight the previous Thursday. 

Bi-monthly Black Town & Gown Meetings
Designed to bring campus and community leaders together on a regular basis to support the needs of the CSUMB and Monterey County Black communities. Exact dates and locations will appear in the Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar. If you are interested in participating in these community meetings contact .
Anticipated 2020 dates are:

·          Mon Mar 23 rd , 6 to 7:30 PM @ CSUMB (location to be determined)
·          Mon May 18 th , 6 to 7:30 PM; Off Campus Community Event (location to be determined)
·          Mon July 27, 6 to 7:30 PM; Off Campus Community Event (location to be determined)
·          Mon Sept 28, 6 to 7:30 PM; @ CSUMB 6 to 7:30 PM (location to be determined)
·          Mon Nov 16, 6 to 7:30 PM; 6 to 7:30 PM; Off Campus Community Event (location to be determined)
Check out the full CSUMB 2020 Black History Month Calendar at
Check out these upcoming
Black History Month
Community Events:

Sun Feb 9th, 2020
RMSC Black History Month Program --     
3:00 to 6:00 PM
Recognizing Military Service Center
(Previously the Retired Men's Social Club)
2087 Del Monte Blvd., Seaside

Good Music. Good Food. Good Program. 
Keynote Speaker: Tyller Williamson, CSUMB Alumnus and first African American person elected to the Monterey City Council. 
Guests are encouraged (but not required) to dress in African themed attire. 
$10 donation suggested

Sun Feb 16th, 2020
City of Seaside Black History Month Program     
3:00 to 6:00 PM
City Seaside City Hall
440 Harcourt Ave, Seaside
Hosted by
Pan Hellenic Council

Thu Feb 27th, 2020
9th Annual NAACP Black History Month Program     
7:00 to 8:30 PM
CSUMB Alumni & Visitors Center
On the CSUMB campus, building 97, 5108 4th Ave, Marina
Hosted and Sponsored by
CSUMB's African American Heritage Faculty & Staff Alliance
CSUMB's Black Students United
CSUMB's Office of Inclusive Excellence

Free with Light Refreshments.
This event will honor campus and community leaders who have advanced the cause of social justice and civil rights in general and the Black / African American Community in particular. We will also formally welcome new CSUMB Black African American staff and faculty.

Confirmed honorees include:
  • Mrs. Alice Jordan, Seaside's MLK Day Organizer, Pan Hellenic Council, LINKS
  • Mrs. Paula Carter, CSUMB Admissions Director, Super Saturday Coordinator
  • Mr. Matt Murphy, final president of NAACP@CSUMB, CSUMB alumnus
  • Ms. Jeniece Smiley, CSUMB Student Residential Advisor for Africana Heritage Scholars Living Learning Program
  • M.E.Ch.A de CSUMB, latinx based student organization for their successful Residents; Not Revenue campaign
Check out these upcoming
Black History Month
CSU Monterey Bay Events:

Thu Feb 13th, 2020
CSUMB Black Box Cabaret
7:00 to 9:30 PM
6014 Gen Jim Moore Blvd., Marina

Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.

Sun Feb 16th, 2020
All Black Gala
CSUMB University Center Ballroom
With Keynote Speaker Kevin Willmott
(Co-Author of BlackkKlansman)
4314 6th Ave, Seaside
Doors Open at 5:30 PM
Lunch Fellowship : Starts at Noon
(Tickets Required)

The All Black Gala is a formal event in celebration of Black Hxstory and the immense diversity of Black culture and brilliance. This year's program will reflect on the theme "Still I Rise: Reclaiming Our Stories & Seizing Our Futures."  

Keynote Kevin Willmott
CSUMB is excited to welcome Kevin Willmott as our keynote speaker for All Black Gala 2020. Kevin Willmott is an Academy and BAFTA award winner for Best Adaptive Screenplay for BlacKkKlansman, and frequently collaborates with Spike Lee (Chi-raq). He is also faculty at the University of Kansas in the Department of Film & Media Studies.

Kevin will also be staying an extra day (Feb 17th) and teaching a screenwriting masterclass from 12-2pm in the CAHSS Auditorium. We are encouraging people to RSVP to the event as it will be on a first come first serve basis. Here is the link to register. All of these events are open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members.

Sun Feb 22nd, 2020
Super Saturday
CSUMB University Center Ballroom
With Keynote Ise Lyfe
4314 6th Ave, Seaside
Time: 8:30 to Noon
Free Continental Breakfast
(Registration Required)

In its continuing efforts to improve the preparation and graduation rates of African Americans, CSUMB is hosting a Community Forum that all are welcome to attend.  

Event Includes:
·   Continental Breakfast
· Speaker Keynote Speaker Ise Lyfe
· Carlos Tottress & CSUMB Gospel Choir
·   Presentation of Student Support Services
·   Student Panel
·   Community Forum
·   Campus Tour

Keynote Ise Lyfe
Ise Lyfe is an Award winning Recording Artist, Performance Artist, Educator, Author, Justice Advocate, and Actor. His core teaching focuses on social literacy; exploring how we see ourselves in relation to the world around us, especially as it relates to social justice and community engagement. His work is grounded in a pedagogy that fosters an environment for students to explore the root causes of poverty and apathy, deconstructing popular narratives charged by prejudice and fear

For more info about our keynote click:
About Black History Month
Black History Month was started by Black United Students at Kent State University and was first celebrated in 1970. The precursor was Negro History Week started in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson, author of Mis-Education of the Negro. It was timed to coincide with the birth of Abraham Lincoln.

Those who have no record of what their forebears have accomplished lose the inspiration which comes from the teaching of biography and history. -- Carter G. Woodson

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