The Long Beach Branch in the past 20 years has awarded over $700,000 in scholarships. In 2021, they awarded $22,000 for intern stipends and tests, and $6,000 was awarded in scholarships, making a total of $28,000.
Long Beach Branch NAACP thanks all the supporters of the 2021 Recognition Breakfast for Interns, Scholarship Recipients, Youth Scholars, and the Event Planning Committee. Special thanks to Joyce Le, Thad Jackson, Jesse Johnson, Mary Carhee, Dr. Minnie Douglas, and the staff of the Long Beach Yacht Club.
President Naomi Rainey welcoming the audience to the 2021 Recognition Breakfast for Interns, Scholarship Recipients, and Youth Scholars.
Monte Beard, Chair of Religion and Veteran service, gives inspiration.
Diana Tang, Chief of Staff for LB Mayor Dr. Robert Garcia, giving remarks.
NAACP Scholar and Scholarship recipient provides trumpet solo.
Tatiana receives the LB Branch NAACP
80th Anniversary Scholarship presented by President Rainey, Dr. Robert Nagourney, and Minine Douglas. Each recipient received Positive Possibilities: My Game Plan for Success written by the late Matthew Jenkins, DVM and Roberta Jenkins.
Natalie Lagunas, ESQ, Attorney at Keesal, Young, & Logan a LB Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member, gives remarks on behalf of Skip Keesal, founder and partner of KYL.
David Zaid, Assistant Superintendent Human Resource Services, LBUSD, was the amazing guest speaker.
Adam Nagourney, a graduate of Chapman University, with a major in Biochemistry and plans to become a doctor. He stands with his father, internationally renowned oncologist, Dr. Robert Nagourney. Also included is Dr. Minnie Douglas, LB NAACP Executive Committee Member and Community Philanthropist and Humanitarian. Adam is a NAACP Scholar and leader of the branch’s STEM Program.
Jason Vasquez, a senior at CSULB, a former LB NAACP Scholar and Intern, majoring in Spanish and plans to pursue his goal of becoming a teacher. He’s multilingual — he speaks Spanish, English, and Italian.
AJ Smith receiving his certificate, book, and scholarship.
Jennifer Guzman, Sophomore at CSULB, is currently majoring in Business and a current LB NAACP Scholar who works at the Long Beach Yacht Club to pay her college tuition and help her family after the recent loss of her father.
AJ Smith, a member of both LB NAACP and 100 Black Men of LB, shared the importance of scholarship support from the village. He is a junior at Howard University and is following the footsteps of Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice.
Aarika Flemmings is a Long Beach City College Sophomore majoring in Business Administration with the goal of becoming a Business Financing Specialist. Aarika is extremely proud to be multi-ethnic. The NAACP has helped Aarika learn more about racial equity, celebration of diversity, as well as teach others who wish to do the same.
Joyce Le was recognized and introduced as the new LB NAACP Intern and Administrative Assistant to the President.
Drew Asenas and Lance Robert Jr. (not in photo) were the outstanding youth scholars for the 3rd time. Featured with Drew is his mother, Dr. Asenas, and father, Dr. Kevin Johnson, also a professor at CSULB, and LB Branch NAACP Executive Committee Member. Also featured is his brother, Cursten Asenas Johnson, a youth council member.
Lance Robert Jr., an honor student who plans to be a filmmaker.
LB NAACP Branch President Naomi Rainey Pierson with AJ Smith, Jesse Johnson, and Robin Perry, Attorney and supporter of both LB NAACP and 100 Black Men of Long Beach in the areas of law, moot court, and public speaking.
Jesse Johnson LB Branch NAACP third Vice President with Dr. Minnie Douglas, LB NAACP Secretary Marie Treadwell, and Branch Volunteer Millie Whisenton.