The San Diego City Council unanimously passed a motion to approve a proclamation making February 2010 Black History Month in San Diego. The Council presented the proclamation to more than a dozen community members, recognized as “San Diego Black Pioneers” including San Diego Continuing Education Instructor Emma Wilson, and Past President, Dr. Robert Matthews.
A group of community members received the proclamation. Council member Tony Young identified the group as local pioneers who have paved the way and built the foundation for national pioneers such as Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson and Oprah Winfrey, so that progress can be made toward equality for all humankind.
Dr. Matthews addressed the Council, thanked them for the proclamation and encouraged them to do their part to help ensure that an accurate history of all cultures is taught in our educational institutions.
Many supporters gathered specifically for the purpose of hearing and seeing the proclamation, including colleagues, administrators and family members from Continuing Education supported Emma Wilson and Dr. Matthews for their participation in this recognition.