Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Mon Jan 18 to Sun Jan 25, 2021 Edition
Editor's Note:
Throughout this newsletter, Blue Underlined copy (including above!) indicates a searchable link.

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.

1) To submit an event to the BFC for possible publication, click on this link: BFC Event Submission Form
2) To submit a "My Take" article, send a word document (NOT pdf!) along with your name and email address to [email protected]
3) To submit a "In the Spotlight" biography and picture of a community leader, send to a word document and digital picture to [email protected]

For Dr. King Day Zoom Event, Click Link Below:

Meeting ID: 828 5824 1910
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black folks: On the Front Lines
Program Order

Agenda Item & Speaker
Video: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   
Welcome: Alice Jordan
Prayer: Reverend Dr. Anthony Dunham                                                               
           Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church
          Seaside, CA       
Dr. Bettye Lusk      
  • Introduction of Elected Officials/Civic Leaders
Ian Oglesby, Seaside Mayor                
Anna Caballero, State Senator                                          
                Wendy Askew, Monterey County Board of Supervisors                 Yvonne Thomas, Monterey County Branch NAACP                                    Dr. Brian Corpening, Associate Vice President, CSUMB                                        
Part 1
Introduction of First Guest Speaker:
  • Joseph Hill (Alpha Phi Alpha)                      
First Guest Speaker: Dr. Roland Walker (Alpha)                                               
Part 2
BREAK- Play Music (A Change is Going to Come)                                   
Guest Appearance (Kappa) 
  • On the Front Line (Dream)                                                                                      
Introduction of Second Guest Speaker
  • Willette Jones                                           
Second Guest Speaker:
  • Mrs. Simonia Blassingame                                             
Closing Remarks (Acknowledgments):
  • Alice Jordan
  • Steven Goings (CSUMB)
Benediction Rev. Garrett                                                                                           
Outro Video & Credits
  • Glory written by John Legend, Common & Rhymesfest
  • Performed by Palenke Arts Chorus, directed by Juan L. Sanchez
Steven's Take on CSUMB Support for Seaside's Dr. King Online Event

The Beloved Community
Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.

Perhaps through divine intervention, I happened to contact local annual Dr. King celebration organizer, Mrs. Alice Jordan just hours before she was to send out a letter canceling the 35th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March and Program due to COVID-19 restrictions. We agreed that CSUMB could offer technical support.

Mrs. Jordan agreed to go forward with the Dr. King event and I was happy to help by spreading the word and contacting my friend Dr. Vanessa Lopez Littleton to provide tech support with help from professor George Station and Librarian Kenny Garcia. CSUMB Dr. Brian Corpening is bringing greetings on behalf of CSUMB.

I am so happy that CSU Monterey Bay is at long last turning into a tangible support for the Black communities of Monterey Bay. Between the Black Folks Calendar, the annual CSUMB/NAACP Black History Month program, Super Saturday, the bimonthly Black Folks Town and Gown forums and quarterly community workshops, and the Historically Black Church Tour we can now say without hesitation, that CSU Monterey Bay is engaged with the Black community year round.

As we celebrate Dr. King Day together, we look forward to working together with our community partners towards the building of Dr. King's vision of the Beloved Community.
On Peace and Nonviolence: Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mon Jan 18,
3-5 PM
Register in Advance for Zoom Link

Co-Sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County

The public is invited to a two-hour, online film event. To honor Dr. King’s legacy, archival footage of some of his most eloquent speeches on peace and nonviolence will be shown. Their relevance in the current political and social divide is astounding. 

The video footage includes:
  • On Peace and Nonviolence (full) runtime 27:59
  • Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence (excerpt) runtime 24:30
  • Nobel Peace Prize Lecture from Oslo, 11 Dec. 1964 (excerpt) runtime 12:01
  • New Phase Of Civil Rights Struggle (Interview Sandor Vanocur) runtime 26:50
All are invited to this free virtual event.

More info, email Beverly Bean at [email protected] or phone (831) 899-7322.
(National) NAACP Blog:


JANUARY 11, 2021

Nearly six months ago in the wake of the unconscionable murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, millions took to the streets to say “enough is enough.” Prompted by the undeniable urgency of the moment, foundations, corporations, and brands — large and small — took a stand. They not only declared that Black lives matter, but acknowledged that racism exists. They went beyond mere declaration and took action to boldly confront injustices.

The support of these new partners, along with our fellow activists, helped the NAACP continue the work we do day-in and day-out in communities across the country. We have assisted Black businesses damaged during the protests, uplifted Black entrepreneurs looking to grow or scale, provided housing grants to families at risk of foreclosure during the coronavirus pandemic, and challenged racist policies and practices through the courts. 
Organizations such as Nasdaq are putting in place measures to ensure board diversity for companies listed on the stock exchange. Philanthropists such as MacKenzie (Bezos) Scott have contributed millions to support the critically important role of HBCUs, and foundations such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have invested in new approaches to advancing health equity.

History, however, has taught us that the road to justice is long and arduous. It is impossible to undo 400 years of systematic racism in mere months.

As we head into Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, those committed to dismantling racism, those pushing for change, and those advocating for justice will be looking for ways to demonstrate their commitment to advancing a more equal society.
The time for words and statements is gone. This is the year for deeper, more concrete actions.

Invest in MLK Day and Black History Month All Year Long

In addition to participating in the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 18, brands can:
  • Sign the Equal Pay Pledge to ensure all employees get equal pay for equal work by December 2021
  • Take a year around approach to embracing the spirit of MLK Day and Black History Month
  • Publish a progress report on June 2020 stated actions by June 2021
  • Join the One Million Jobs Campaign
  • Fund support for diversity and inclusion leads within your organization
  • Provide sustaining support to local social justice organization
  • Become a Corporate Member of your local NAACP
  • Source more diverse candidates by adding to the NAACP Job Board 

The work to upend the underbelly of discrimination in this country and around the world demands engagement from all people, sectors, and industries.
How Colleges Can Respond to the Insurrection in DC

The recording is now available and can be accessed hereWe hope you will share this resource with your colleagues and campuses. If you found the presentation helpful, we hope that you may also leave a COMMENT on YouTube. 
In the Spotlight:

Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton

Dr. Littleton's Upcoming Events include:
  • Tech support for Seaside's Dr. King Virtual Celebration
  • Panelist for Cincinnati's National Day of Racial Healing
  • Moderator for COVID-19 and Monterey's Black Community Virtual Event
  • Co-facilitator for CSUMB Super Saturday Community Forum

Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Services, and Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) where she oversees the Collaborative Health and Human Services program.

With more than two decades of leadership and management experience, Dr. Lopez-Littleton actively participates in designing innovative graduate and undergraduate programs, contributes to the assessment of learning outcomes, and works with diverse teams to develop inclusive classroom and academic practices. Dr. Lopez-Littleton’s research interests include health inequities, social determinants of health, and social equity. Dr. Lopez-Littleton has co-authored several publications on social equity and ethics in healthcare, conducted numerous research studies, and developed policy papers and research reports for state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions.

Dr. Lopez-Littleton serves on the Board of Directors of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center , the Academic Senate of the CSU, the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter and in various leadership roles at CSUMB including (but not limited to)

  • California Faculty Association, CSUMB Chapter President
  • Center for Black Student Success, Advisory Committee
  • Super Saturday Community Forums, Co-Facilitator
  • Super Saturday Community Workshops, Facilitator
National Events:
10:30 am – 12 pm
Racism: A Public Health Crisis
Black women are up to four times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than white women. Black men are more than twice as likely to be killed by police as white men. And the average life expectancy of African Americans is four year less than the U.S. population. This panel explores racism as a public health issue and offers information on policies, healthcare systems, and self-care strategies designed to mitigate the effects of racism in their lives.

Meredith Shockley-Smith of Queen’s Village leads a discussion with Vanessa Lopez Littleton, Ph.D., associate professor of health, human services and public policy, California State University Monterey Bay, Mike Scruggs, D.Min., pastor of Light of the World Church, and Dr. Christopher Lewis, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, University of Cincinnati. 
Community Events:
NAACP Monterey County Branch General Membership Meeting

Thu Jan 28
7 to 8:30 PM

For zoom link check back at the official Monterey County Branch Facebook page:

This will be the first meeting with the newly installed 2021-2022 officers and executive committee.


  • President YVONNE THOMAS
  • 1st Vice President MARY CLAYPOOL
  • 2nd Vice President CYNTHIA HYATT
  • Secretary PAT SPENCER
  • Assistant Secretary JEANNE GAVRIN
  • Treasurer JAMES BLACK
  • Sergeant at Arms BEN COOPER


  • Edward Armstrong
  • Linwood Eady
  • Steven Goings
  • Rosalyn Green
  • Barbara Johnson
  • Victoria Lee
  • A. Dean Martin
  • Annalisa Mitchell
  • Lori Black Ogene
  • Guadalupe Perez
  • John Smith
  • Monica Mapp Smith
  • Josh Stewart
  • Ruthie Watts
This COVID-19 event is organized to connect CSUMB with the Monterey County Black community. Here is a direct Zoom link for the event. Community members may also contribute questions here.
CSUMB Event:
We Want to Do More than Just Survive

February 3, 2021
12:00pm — 1:15pm

Hosted by Otter Student Union, Otter Cross Cultural Center, and Service Learning, Dr. Bettina Love, author of "We Want to Do More than Just Survive," will give a keynote with Q&A to follow regarding educational justice inspired by the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.
Useful Links:

New! County Employment Opportunities: Monterey County Supervisor Elect Wendy Askew encourages community members to "register for job announcements from the County - and to apply for anything that seems interesting so that your resume gets into the system."

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

  • 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.

  • Just the basic public contact and position info

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

Monterey Bay Black Folks Weekly Event Calendar