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Graduates recognition Ceremony

CVV News l May 13, 2023

Modesto/Stanislaus NAACP welcome you to their 28th Annual Black Graduates Recognition Ceremony. We will be celebrating generations of YOUNG, GIFTED & Black 8th, 12th and college graduates Saturday, May 20, 2023, at Modesto High School Auditorium: 18 H Street from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker is City Council member, Jeremiah Williams with special appearance by Brandon Leake, Winner of America’s Got Talent.

An overview video of the historic Modesto City School Black College Tour prepared by a student. Each graduate will receive a certificate of recognition. High school and college graduates will receive a Kente Cloth Stole in addition to a certificate.

Sponsors are: Project Uplift, The Men’s Group, Women’s Auxiliary, Parents Leading Chane, Modesto High School BSU, Modesto Peace Life Center.

There will be a limited amount of $500 scholarships awarded to assist college bound students with college assistance. Scholarship applications can also be completed on line at:

For questions contact (209) 422-9616 or (209) 896-9196; email

2023 Freedom Fund & Community Service Awards Banquet

CVV News l January 2023

The Modesto/Stanislaus will hold its 2023 Freedom Fund & Community Service Awards Banquet, Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. The Banquet location is Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L Street, Modesto, CA The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) strives to ensure civil rights for all individuals. For over 113 years, the NAACP has been a leading voice in advocating for equity, diversity, and civil rights. The organization ensures that everyone has the same opportunities and is treated fairly, regardless of race or background. Civil rights for one is civil rights for all—the NAACP and the Modesto/Stanislaus Branch are committed to fighting for the rights of everyone.

Through this event, and with the support from our local community and friends, we hope to raise funds to continue our essential work. Your support also provides the opportunity to demonstrate your partnership in our efforts to promote equality, provide equal accessibility and eliminate discrimination in our local community.

To Become an Event or Table Sponsor, call (209) 896-9196

Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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