Standing Room Only for another MoAD After Dark Event
The MoAD Vanguard hosted another overflowing MoAD After Dark event titled “Collaborating Across the Aisles: Continuing the Civil Rights Movement with #BlackLivesMatter.” The February 27, 2015 event examined how a new generation of young leaders is igniting efforts to change the ways in which America deals with race and humanity. The #blacklivesmatter movement sparked by issues related to race, police brutality and justice is at the forefront of the Black community. However, these issues are not new—they are systematic issues that Black predecessors faced prior to and during the civil rights era. They are issues the Black community continues to face today, making the civil rights movement not only a blue print for #blacklivesmatter but a continuation of the struggle for racial equality and justice.
The event, co-hosted with The San Francisco Alphas of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., featured a VIP reception and keynote speech by Dr. Clarence Jones—Dr. King’s speechwriter, advisor, attorney and author of Behind the Dream, current professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar writer in residence at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research & Education Institute at Stanford University. Dynamic panelists included Dr. Clarence Jones along with, Dr. Joe Marshall (Street Soilders, founder of Omega Boys Club, founder of Alive & Free Movement), Dr. Mary J. Wardell-Ghirarduzzi (Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement at the University of San Francisco), Ms. Neva Walker (Executive Director of Coleman Advocates); and moderated by Mr. Jarvis Givens (PhD Candidate, African-American Studies- University of California, Berkeley). Dr. Jones was honored and presented with a proclamation from the City of San Francisco by special guest Malia Cohen. The event included a special community presentation by Cinnamongirl Inc.
A special thank you to the event sponsors: The Golden State Warriors; Hyacinth Ahuruonye Founder & Principal – HCA & Co., CPA and Accounting Consultant; Bobby Sisk, President, WSB & Associates, Inc.; University of San Francisco; Success Center San Francisco; SF Alphas; and Dion-Jay Brookter.