Monterey Bay Black Folks Event Calendar
Week of Mon Feb 10 through Sun Feb 16th, 2020
This Week's Events
Mon Feb 11, 5:45 to 8:00 PM

Cal State Monterey Bay
College of Health Sciences and Human Services:
Diversity Celebration Series; 
African American History Month :
A Focus on Human Trafficking
CSUMB University Center Ballroom

Dr. Sharon Cooper and Lisa C. Williams share their experience working to combat child exploitation and human trafficking.

Dr. Sharon Cooper is a Developmental and Forensic Pediatrician who cares for children and select adults with different abilities, as well as those who have been victims of maltreatment.

Dr. Cooper retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel and holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences at Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Cooper has served as an expert witness in several hundred cases of child maltreatment, and numerous cases within the past several years on behalf of sex trafficking victims.
In 2011, Dr. Cooper was selected by Newsweek magazine as one of the 150 women who shake the world.

Dr. Cooper is releasing a new book in 2020, co-authored by Ms. Lisa Williams, called Uncomfortable Truth, which offers keen insight into the world of sex trafficking and provides document research and first-person accounts.

Lisa C. Williams is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and trafficking survivor. Not only did she find her own freedom from a life of trauma and sexual exploitation but has freed countless others like herself. In 1999, Ms. Williams founded Circle of Friends; Celebrating Life, Inc. to educate, equip and empower women to live free of violence, as they served other women and girls.

Lisa developed what the Federal Bureau of Investigation called “one of the most comprehensive, rehabilitative programs for child victims of sex trafficking in the country.”

Williams is a veteran of both the United States Air Force and Army who honorably served our country as a commissioned military officer.

Lisa had the distinct honor to speak at the White House on the topic: Eradicating Modern Day Slavery.

Her next book, Uncomfortable Truth , releases in 2020. Williams and Sharon W. Cooper, M.D., co-author of this exciting new work, which offers keen insight into the world of sex trafficking within America of Black and Indigenous girls, provides document research and first-person accounts.

Sunday Feb 16, 10:00 AM
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

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.

Screening of
Thursday Feb 13, 7:00 to 9:30 PM

CSUMB Black Box Cabaret
6014 Gen Jim Moore Blvd., Marina

Film Description: 
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.

Screenwriting Master Class
Feb 17th, 2020 from 12-2:00 PM
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences

Kevin Willmott 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.
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.
Ongoing Community Call for bios & pictures of local Black Community leaders and organizations for permanent archive, please send to
In the Spotlight: Recognizing Military Service Center
2087 Del Monte, Blvd. Seaside,
831 899-3332
On Facebook as: Retired Mens Social Club (n0 ').
The direct link is

Formally known as the Retired Men's Social Club, RMSC is one of the few predominantly Black Seaside institutions left standing in the wake of the closure of Ft. Ord.

"RMSC had its beginnings in 1958. A group of retired men and their families (mostly Black military retirees) got together to organize a club to provide social and recreational services for themselves. This was done because social and recreational outlets for retired persons and their families were limited on the Monterey Peninsula.

When the Vietnam War was over, many of the RMSC members who had departed the area for overseas and elsewhere returned to the Monterey Peninsula and became permanent residents.

From 1974 until the present, the club has been a viable force in the community. It was also in 1974 that brought forth the creation of the L aides Auxiliary.

Together RMSC and the Ladies Auxiliary provided numerous programs and services to the community such as
  • Food baskets for the needy
  • Christmas toys for needy children
  • Scholarships for deserving students"

--E Walker James,
former RMSC President

By 1992, the members reached a landmark goal by making the final payment to own the building and property outright!

Over the last few years, members have made extensive renovations to the club and its programs.

Longtime Entertainment Chair, Mrs. Yvonne Kirkland has presided over annual holiday fashion shows, various MLK and Black History Month dinner programs, Karaoke Contests and more.

Although not officially part of the club, it is also the site of Michelle's very popular Soul Food Kitchen every Friday from noon to 8:00 PM.

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 was on 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 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

Film Description: 
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 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:

Black History Month 2020 Theme:
African Americans and the Vote!
Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2020 theme, “African Americans and the Vote,” is in honor of the centennial anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) granting women’s suffrage and the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) giving black men the right to vote.

In the Radical Reconstruction period that followed the Civil War , newly freed black men made great political gains, winning office in Southern state legislatures and even Congress. The Southern backlash was swift and marked by the passage of “ black codes ” designed to intimidate black voters, prompting a call for formal, national legislation on the right to vote.

The women’s rights movement grew out of the abolitionist movement , with activists like Frederick Douglas working alongside Elizabeth Cady Stanton to secure the right to vote for all. That goal was reached with the passage of the nineteenth amendment in 1920.

(Text from History.Com at

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