1290 Fillmore Street
Dear faith community, civil rights community-based leaders, and African American administrators,
The NAACP is calling for an urgent African American Family Breakfast Meeting on the eve of the 4th of July. This very urgent meeting will be held at West Bay Conference Center, 1290 Fillmore Street (at Eddy) at 9:00 a.m. Please RSVP your commitment to be present to (415) 922-0650 or (415) 559-2978 so that we can know how many people to prepare for. You can also RSVP on-line at https://thirdbaptist.org/rsvp/
Having said that, let me remind you that history records that on July 4th, the great Frederick Douglass gave a great speech entitled, ”What does the 4th of July mean to the Negro?” I have read that speech several times, and I’m chilled and challenged by his courageous analysis of the hypocrisy of the white American faith community and the disregard for the independence of Blacks and freedom from slavery. Yes, history is repeating itself! We as a people should gather before we celebrate a 4th of July celebration by reflecting on what the 4th of July means for the Negro in San Francisco. We have already witnessed disrespect and disregard in recent days. For example, at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting last week, the great acknowledgment was given to other communities who in celebration of their event, However, no one ever mentioned anything about the fact as a board member that this year marks the 400th year of the slave trade and also the commemoration of Juneteenth Day. I contend that this is a blatant statement of indifference and insult to the black community.
Therefore, I am inviting you to come to this breakfast and bring persons from your constituent base so that our community may be heard around two issues:
- Not ending Juvenile Hall, but mending it, so that youngsters who require special wrap-around services from the black and brown communities receive quality rehabilitation and restoration.
- We shall have a conversation and plan of action on what we must do to keep the Fillmore Heritage Center in the hands of the Black Community. This facility should be “Our Watering Hole” where we shall celebrate our culture, history, and happenings.
If the Chinese can have Chinatown, the Japanese, Japantown, and the whites may have most of the Financial District, we had better have our town where we can thrive and be an economic and social vitality. So please take this seriously and come that we may have a civil conversation and develop strategies that will be for the good of our children, our young adults, youth, and seniors.
Remember divided we fall, but together we shall be victorious!
Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, President
NAACP San Francisco Branch