Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon March 30th through Sun April 5th, 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 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.
Soul Food Support During
Covid-19 Stay-At-Home Order
As we all know, restaurants are being hit hard by the shelter-in-place order and that includes Michelle's Soul Food Kitchen and Darryl Choates' new bar-club-restaurant, Deja Blue. Please do what you can to support these establishments so they are still around when the pandemic is over!

Deja Blue

Address : 500 Broadway Ave, Seaside, CA 93955

Phone : (831) 920-8914


Deja Blue is selling Fish-Fry on Fridays from 4:30 to 8pm and BBQ Soul Food on Sundays from 1 to 6pm.

Call 831 920-8914 ahead to arrange curbside pick-up!

Michelle's Soul Food Kitchen

Address: 2087 Del Monte Blvd, Seaside, CA 93955

Phone : (831) 760-2386

Instagram: MichelleSoulFood

Michelle's Soul Food Kitchen will now be preparing to-go orders Wed - Sun from noon to 5 pm

Call 831 760-2386 ahead to arrange curbside pick-up!
This Week's Events:
CSUMB Racialized Diseases Panel

Date: Wed, April 7, 2020
Time: 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Location: Online.. .Zoom Registration Link

This panel explores the ways in which communities of color experience racism and xenophobia tied to medical pandemics and epidemics, such as COVID-19, ebola, etc. This panel will address the intersections of race, medicine, and social justice.
NAACP Covid-19 Virtual Series

From NAACP National President & CEO Derrick Johnson:

"We are in the midst of unprecedented times.
Reports from Detroit, New Orleans, and New York confirm what we already knew–this pandemic is hitting people of color the hardest. As the death rate for African Americans continues to rise and the COVID-19 crisis transforms life as we know it, it’s more important than ever for our communities to stay informed.
NAACP along with our partner, BET, have rallied to the frontlines to protect our community. Together, we present the 4 week community program, Unmasked: A COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall Series.

Part one of the four-part series will feature a candid discussion on the health, mental, and economic tolls this crisis has had on our communities and how people of color can apply pressure to ensure the congressional response to this pandemic is equitable.

I will be joined by a slate of panelists including:
  • House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, Chair, House Select Committee on Coronavirus Crisis
  • Congresswoman Karen Bass, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus
  • Congressman Bennie Thomspon, Chair, House Committee on Homeland Security
  • Scott Mills, President and CEO, BET Networks
  • and more.
At times such as these, it’s imperative that we as a community plan, not panic. I hope to hear from you on Wednesday."

In the Spotlight:

Mel Mason, Social Worker, Human and Civil Rights Activist

From the age of 13, Mel Mason grew up in Seaside, California and soon became one of the greatest basketball players in community college history. In March 2011, he was inducted into the California Community College Athletic Association’s Hall Of Fame.

Mel joined the Black Panther Party (BPP) in the late 1960’s and is currently a member of the BPP Speakers Bureau... Click Here to Continue Reading

Mel Mason's Take:
 The Village Project Inc.'s Strategies for Coping with the Coronavirus Pandemic
As Blacks and other people of color, especially, we are survivors of numerous pandemics, to include enslavement, colonialism, racism and other forms of ongoing oppression. Each was deadly, but our indomitable Spirit, Resistance and our sense of Interdependence and Collective Responsibility gave us the strength necessary to see us through the most dangerous and foreboding of times. These are the qualities all people can call on to get us through this most difficult of times with the Coronavirus pandemic. Click Here to Continue Reading

In the Spotlight:

The Village Project, Inc
Location: 1069 Broadway Ave, Suite 201, Seaside, CA 93955 Phone: 831-392-1500

An important fact about The Village Project, Inc. is that while the agency was founded to help meet the needs of the under-served African American community, they provide services to any individual or family in need.

  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Families Counseling
  • Individual Adult Counseling
  • Couples Counseling

Other Therapies and Groups:

Classes, Academic Support, Training:

TVPI was co-founded by Mrs. Regina Mason and Mr. Mel Mason . Mel serves both executive and clinical director.

The Village Project, Inc. was able to come to life as a result of the passage of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) of 2004.... Click Here to Continue Reading.

Jazz Appreciation Month Profile Link:
Ella Fitzgerald

Dubbed "The First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.
Her voice was flexible, wide-ranging, accurate and ageless.

She could sing sultry ballads, sweet jazz and imitate every instrument in an orchestra. She worked with all the jazz greats...
Click here for link to read story at Ella Fitzgerald website.
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