Past Events & Activities



BMS July 31st 2015 Workshop


Who:  Dr. Kevin D. Barnes, Sr.’s best selling author of 

…”Successfully Raising Young Black Men Presents”…

Review the flyer announcement by clicking this link

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What: 4th Annual Bay Area Black Man Expo 2015

When: Saturday, August 1st 2015 – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where:  Abyssinian Baptist Church 528 33rd Street, Oakland

Why:  Everything You Need To Become A Successful Black Man Under One Roof! Successfully Raising Young Black Men, Inc. is seeking presenters to share resources with men of all ages. If you are interested and have resources to share in the areas of education, social and personal development, health, employment or finance that will benefit Black men in the Bay Area, please email

Dr. Kevin Barnes, Sr., at with your contact information call 510.653.0315.




Black Men Speak, Inc  will present a workshop at this event –

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John Black – 510-878-2860 or Roscoe Moesbey – 510- 435-4279



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Ernest Hardmon – 510-754-9153

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The 2015 NAMI National Convention


Black Men Speak will be presenting at this event


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The 4th Annual POCC Conference 

June 25 & 26, 2015 

ACBHCS Pool of Consumer Champions


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Hilton Oakland Airport


Oakland Hilton: 1 Hegenberger Road Oakland, CA 94621

Black Men Speak will attend this function together 
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Who:  Samuel Merritt University
What: ActNOW: Oakland
Where:  400 Hawthorne Ave Health Education Center HEC 311  Oakland, CA

A day of learning to explore the health issues in the African American community. Majority of all of the presentations will be informative and educational to any one who attends. An opportunity for service providers, advocates, community engagers and health professionals engage in a cultral sensitative environment.



Who:       Black Men Speak will be tabling at this event.

What:     The Year of The African American Male

When:    Tuesday,   June 2nd 2015 5:00 – 8:00PM

Where:  West Oakland Youth Center

               3233 Market Street

               Oakland, Ca 94608


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 BMS June 2nd 2015 YAAM_Health Event


May 26th – 27th 2015

BMS Flyer Modesto May 27th 2015

East Bay Community Recovery Center

What: BMS Presentation:  Speakers Bureau

When: MAY 15TH 2015 9:am 

Where: 2577 San Pablo Ave Oakland, Ca

Contact: Program Director – Geneva Robbin 510-446-7133


BMS Supports one of its own 

What:      Mr. Eugene Jimerson’s son (Eugene Jimerson Jr. passed Away April 12th 2015 
                  Funeral Services: 
When:     May 5th 11:00 to 3:00 pm Viewing the Body 
Where:   Funeral Services May 6th  2015 -11:00am to 1:00PM
                 Mission Funeral Home 2297 Mission Blvd. Hayward, Ca
                 All the know the family are welcome to attend the services 
Contact: Eugene Jimerson – 510-355-6728 For more information 


Storytelling for Effective Grantwriting

Who: BMS Executive Director attended this event. Sponsored by IDEX Young Professionals Group and The Asia Foundation

What: Storytelling for Effective Grant writing – April 30: IDEX YPG Professional Skills Seminar:

When: Thursday April 30, 2015 – 6:00PM-7:30PM

Where: Haydn Williams  Conference Room, 8th Floor 465 California Street San Francisco, CA 94104

Come learn from experienced fundraisers from International Development Exchange (IDEX), The Asia Foundation, Save the Bay and Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment for a hands-on, interactive seminar on storytelling for effective grant-writing. This seminar will explore grant writing techniques and strategies while focusing on the facets of developing narratives as an essential tool in grant writing for communicating with funders. We welcome all young professionals, from beginners to seasoned fundraisers, who are interested in improving their grant-writing skills. Participants will come away with useful handouts/resources, new ideas, and different approaches to successfully secure grants from government agencies, corporations, and foundations.

Our panel includes:

  • Kaitlin Chandler, Senior Development Associate, Save The Bay
    Kaitlin has four years of development experience by supporting the ambitious institutional and major gifts fundraising goals of Save the Bay. Among her responsibilities as a senior development associate, she plays an integral role in relationship management, donor stewardship, event planning, and CRM database management for the organization.
  • Josh Friedman, Senior Program Officer, Public Sector Development Services Unit, The Asia Foundation
    Josh works closely with field offices to prepare high quality proposals for The Asia Foundation’s bilateral and multilateral donors. From 2012-2014, Josh worked as Business Development Manager at Plan International USA, leading proposal teams for US Government funding opportunities in Plan’s 50 country offices.
  • Marion Gee, Development and Communications Director, Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment
    Marion leads the Rose Foundation’s development and communications activities and provides administrative support for the Rose Foundation’s grantmaking programs. She is the lead grant proposal and report writer, and directs the communications and social media activities of the Foundation.
  • Rajiv Khanna, Director of Learning and Evaluation, International Development Exchange (IDEX)
    Rajiv is IDEX’s Learning and Evaluation Manager. He is engaged in strategy development, assisting program staff in linking impact evaluation with ongoing program planning and improvement, and positioning IDEX as a learning resource for grassroots development. He plays a leading role in organizing the IDEX Academy and developing learning resources aimed at engaging and educating a new generation of culturally competent international development professionals.

We hope to see you there!


BMS  Presentations:

Who: Program Director:  Barbra Edmunds 

What: Operation Dignity

When: MONDAY APRIL 20th 2015 

Where: 585 8th Street Oakland, Ca



San Leandro High School Career Day


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San Leandro High School Career Day 2015 Final Schedule


Motivational Interviewing for Peer Support Providers

(Executive Director Brian Hill attended these webinars monthly)

Date / Time: Thursday, April 9, 2015 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. ET (1:00pm CT, 12:00pm MT, 11:00am PT)


  • Ken Kraybill, Center for Social Innovation
  • Tanya Stevens, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services
  • Kristin Dempsey, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions


  • Katie Volk, Center for Social Innovation

Please note: CEU’s will not be available; however, we do offer certificates of completion upon request.


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is a way of working with people to assist them in accessing their intrinsic motivation to change behaviors that contradict their essential values and interfere with the achievement of their life goals. Motivational Interviewing is both a philosophy and a set of strategic techniques. It is an evidence-based practice with a broad range of applications.

Motivational Interviewing for Peer Support Providers” introduces participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs of the model. In this webinar, participants will learn about a brief history of Motivational Interviewing, the four elements of the mind-set and heart-set of MI, the four processes that guide MI conversations, core interviewing skills of MI, and how to recognize and elicit change talk.

Recovery Community Organizations and Peer-run Organizations will describe models of incorporating MI into training and certification of peer workers.  This will include supervision strategies using MI techniques to model effective motivational enhancement for individuals providing peer support in the behavioral health workforce.

Peer support workers will gain an understanding of how MI skills are used strategically in conversations with peers in their work settings. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a vital best practice for workers of all disciplines in mental health, substance abuse and homeless services. MI is defined as “a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own commitment and motivation to change.”

The purpose of this webinar is to increase participants’ understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its relation to Peer Support.  This webinar will help participants better:

  1. Understand the history of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its application to peer support.
  2. Describe three aspects of the spirit of motivational interviewing, and the importance of person-centered principles in communication.
  3. Identify at least three principles for responding to resistance in a non- confrontational style.
  4. Identify change talk in conversation and provide an empathic summary statement.
  5. Understand the integration of MI in the training of the peer workforce.
  6. Explain peer recovery coach and peer support specialist supervision and its role in your peer worker development.



BMS Presentations

Event: Villa Fairmont Mental Health Services 

When: April 8th 2015 
Why:  Share BMS personal stories of Wellness and Recovery


BMS  Speaker Training Workshop

Who: Consultant: Pastor Horatio Jones:

What: Workshop Training for the members of BMS, Inc volunteers of Black Men Speak,

When Date: April 7th 2015

Time: 10:00 am -2:30pm

Where: Family Bible Church 37620 Filbert Street Newark, Ca 94560

Why: To improve their ability to deliver their personal life stories more effectively.






Apr 30, 2015 The BOSS – Brian K Hill at the Days of Diversity for Castro Valley High School

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The BOSS – Brian K Hill at the Days of Diversity for Castro ValleyHigh School (CVHS) March 24 2015 …


PEER Training:

by Karin Lettau, MS March 19th 2015

State Peer Certification Now Coming to California

Hello Community members,

Please find attached the slides from today’s webinar, “State Peer Certification Now Coming to California; Bill Introduced to CA legislature”. Also attached is the actual bill, SB 614 (Leno-D), a few key documents developed for Peer Certification and below the audio/visual recording link.

The next step: If you have not done so already, please register for the CAMHPRO Monthly Update towards a State Peer Certification –4th Thursday Noon on Mar 26, 2015 12:00 PM PDT at:

Learn the newest on progress towards a California State Peer Certification and exchange information on funding and research on Peer Support. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Also don’t forget Our New Facebook Page: “CA 4 State Peer Support Specialist Certification”

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2) WEB Three Peer Certification ====>

3) SB 614 20150227 introduced=>

4) Peer Certification Recommendations: =======>

5) Peer Support Specialist Certification:========>

Thank you for your support in our future!


Karin Lettau, MS
Training and Technical Assistance Consultant
California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations–CAMHPRO


CAMHPRO Webinar Series co-facilitated by Sally Zinman: Consumer Movement, Public Policy, and Organizational Development on Feb 12, 2015 10:00 AM PST at:

Register at the following link:

A series of three webinars designed for CAMHPRO Member Organizations and Consumer Run Program Recipients of Mini-Grants from CALMHSA/MHA-SF. 

We sincerely hope organizational representatives will invite staff and clients to the webinar – hold a group webinar.

Upon registration you will be signed up for all of the following three webinars:

1. February 12, 2015; 10 AM–12 PM
History of the Consumer/Survivor Movement

2. March 5, 2015; 10 AM–12 PM
Public Policy Topic (specifics to be announced)

3. March 19, 2015; 10 AM–12 PM
Governance/Organizational Development Topic (specifics to be announced)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Karin Lettau, MS

Training and Technical Assistance Consultant

California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations–CAMHPRO



Family Educational Resource Center

What: BMS Presentations

When: Friday March 13th 2015

Time: 1:30PM -3:00PM

Where: Family Educational Resource Center

Location: 7200 Bancroft Avenue (Next to the Social Service Agency in the mall)

Who does the Family Education & Resource Center Help?

The Family Education & Resource Center (FERC) seeks to provide support to family, friends, partners, and other caregivers who care for or care about a loved one of any age with a serious emotional disturbance or mental health issue.

FERC targets the underserved, nonserved and inappropriately served populations of Alameda County. We assist all who call or come in by offering help, understanding and resources to allow them to aid in the recovery of their loved ones.

Caregivers of all kinds need assistance in overcoming barriers such as stigma and a general lack of knowledge of available mental health and other services, and often require support in navigating and communicating with services and providers.

Whether a parent, sibling, child, spouse or the suffering loved one him/herself contacts us and in whatever emotional stage, we will never turn them away.  Everyone is provided our best, culturally sensitive efforts and connection to the next point in their journey.  For an example of how we are able to help, please visit the following link to:

MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS: Hosted by the Reverend Barbara Meyers in a talk show format, this program highlights different mental health issues.  This episode is about the Family Education & Resource Center and its work.  It features a FERC client who speaks about  how FERC has helped her.

Call us toll free at 888-896-3372

All services are free.


“Having Our Say”, Because…Black Minds Matter 2!



Family Bible Fellowship Church

37620 Filbert Street, Newark, California 94560

Friday, February 27, 2015

9:00am – 4:00pm

The morning session (9-12noon) is designed to offer inspiration, educational information, highlight and celebrate our existing community resources and honor cultural practices that have allowed us to sustain ourselves despite many challenges we face.

 The afternoon session (1-4pm) will look at the work in progress to better serve this community, including next steps with the MHSA funded Round 2 Innovation Projects and Introduction of the Facilitation Team that will lead our efforts to form an African American Steering Committee. Applications to serve on this committee will be distributed at this event.

 Contact Gigi Crowder to rsvp or if you need any accommodations at 510-777-2118 or email: orPaulette Franklin at 510-639-1391

 Soul Food Lunch will be served


International Together against Stigma Conference

February 18- 20 2015 in San Francisco, CA

The 2015 Tools for Change Fellowship Program Brings Activists from Around the World Black Men Speak’s Executive Director Brian Hill was chosen as one of the twenty four Candidates to participate in the 2015 Fellowship Program. Click the link below to see all of the Fellowship recipients.

The Center is pleased to announce we have chosen twenty-four candidates to participate in our Fellowship Program, a one-year leadership development program that prepares emerging community leaders to become transformational leaders, creating significant and innovative improvements within their communities related to mental health wellness and recovery.

The Fellows include candidates from China, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Fiji, New Zealand, and the U.K., as well as the national and local community. The Fellows range from students to peer activists, from psychiatrists to organization presidents, each bringing their own experiences and perspective on how to reduce the stigma and discrimination for those with mental health challenges.

The Fellowship Program begins with a one day pre-conference forum on February 17, 2015, prior to the International Together against Stigma Conference being held February 18- 20 2015 in San Francisco. Through a series of interactive workshops, small group work and a workshop presentation during the two-day conference, fellows will:

1) They will strengthen their leadership skills in such areas as advocacy, system change, and community engagement;

2) They will work on leadership strategy for activating their communities in regard to their specific projects.

3)The  will A) establish networks and mentor / men-tee relationships with prominent leaders in the field of mental health and recovery. B)  Work with prominent mentors over the course of the year to implement their specific projects to enhance and reach the wider community. C)  While also involving and collaborating with other change agents in their communities. Using social media, webinars and e-learning activities. D) fellows will share findings, successes and challenges of their respective projects. Congratulations to all our candidates and here’s to an exciting year ahead. Click here to meet our Fellows!



Super Bowl Event

Feb 1st 2015 –  Super Bowl Event

Who: Black Men Speak Volunteers ( 2015 current BMS  volunteer speakers only)

What: Super Bowl Event

When:  Time:  2:30 pm –  6:30 pm

Location: 485 Fortuna Avenue

San  Leandro,  Ca 95477


BMS Presentations at the Cronin House

What: BMS  Presentation

When: December 24th 2014

Time: 9:15 AM -10:30 AM


Location 2595 Depot Rd, Hayward, CA 94545

Who: Cronin House is a 44 bed, 45 day, coed residential recovery program for men and women experiencing problems with alcohol or other drugs. The facility provides a serene, homelike atmosphere in a suburban section of Hayward. The program staff consists of caring, dedicated professionals, many of whom are recovering from alcohol or drug related problems. Cronin House is fully licensed and certified by the State of California Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to provide non-medical alcohol and drug residential services


Covered California Block Party

What:  – Covered California Block Party

When: -Saturday November 22nd, 2014

Time:  – 10:00 AM – 4:00PM 

Where: – 5316 Telegraph Avene, Oakland, Ca 94605


Options Recovery Center

What:  –   BMS Presentations

When: –   Friday November  21st, 2014

Time :  –   10:00Am -11:0AM

Where: – 1935 Center Street Berkeley, Ca 


Covered California’s

What:  –  Community Health Fair

When: –  Saturday,  November 15th, 2014

Where: – 8825 MacArtur Blvd,  Oakland, Ca 94605

Activities :

Free Healthy Food, Raffle & games, Vendors & Resources, Music & Live Performers

Covered California Enrollment Specialists

For questions or vending opportunities, contact Marshawn Harris 510-682-4949


BMS – Black Men Speak, Inc

MHSA Prop 63 – Mental Health Services Act

HHREC – Health Human Services Resource Center

Downtown Tay – Educate, Inspire Elevate



October 18th, 2014

Partners in Recovery: A Conference of Diversity, Hope and Wellness” at the Columbus Convention Center on October 18th, 2014, featuring, “Black Men Speak“, a California based member organization whose mission is to spread the word, through the telling of their stories of substance abuse and mental health recovery while living in an urban community. Their goal is to give voice to the challenges of trauma, family issues, community violence and the importance of faith as they encourage others on the road of wellness and recovery.

Our second confirmed speaker is Dr. Elaine Richardson, (Dr. E.) our homegrown powerhouse (author, teacher, entertainer) of triumph over childhood and adult trauma, and substance abuse, who shares her life story to promote healing and empowerment. Also speaking is Gabe Howard, officially diagnosed in his early twenties, now uses his life-long struggle with mental illness and addiction to motivate others and spark change. The conference is free, lunch will be provided along with free parking, but you must register. Also, there is still time to reserve space for the health and wellness fair portion of our event. To reserve your table, Contact Jody. Some of our conference speakers will be featured in our first annual fundraiser later that same evening. Click here for Early Bird Tickets. There are a limited number of reduced priced fundraiser tickets for peers / consumers. Contact us through our website for more information.

More information click here on this link:


Spirituality and Mental Health Conference

Date: October 9th – 10th 2014

Location:  8501 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94621

Time: 8:00 Am – 4:00PM


One day WRAP Training

Event: One day WRAP Training

333 Hegenberger Oakland, ca 94621

Date: October 7th 2014

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00PM


Black Men Speak Calendar Created

if you would like Black Men Speak to do a Presentation at your event. or you can set up an appointment to meet with Brian K Hill or Joe Anderson:

Step One: Click this link

Step Two: Right Click in a blue Box of the time you want the presentation to occur

Step Three: Fill out the contact information

Step Four: Hit Submit

Step Five: BMS will receive the email and confirm with you any other details that need to be discussed.


YMCA Oakland Juneteth Celebration

Saint Mary’s Center

925 Brockhurst Street Oakland, Ca 94608

Time: 11:00PM – 6:00PM

Date: June 28th 2014

Contact: Joe Anderson: 903-306-4862



Oakland Local


All photos by Howard Dyckoff.  

Jazz and dance were on tap, plus health screenings and a food truck serving ribs for those visiting the health agencies such as the Black Nurses Association and the California [Organ] Donor Transplant Network. It was a family-friendly event with games and face-painting for kids.

This event took place in a northern part of West Oakland at St. Mary’s Center for families and seniors. That location is just off San Pablo Avenue, near the almost-finished West Oakland Youth Center and a block south of the Causa Justa Office. A health fair at St. Mary’s offered free testing of blood pressure, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol by the Black Nurses Association.

Unfortunately, the famous “Buffalo Soldiers,” although they had come to West Oakland’s Juneteenth in the past, had a conflict this year and were unable to attend. Making up for the missing men in Union soldier uniforms were the quick-steppingChocolate Platinum Soul Line Dancers, which holds classes in downtown Oakland, and a jazz combo. There was also a fashion show featuring outfits designed by Grace Ogbu of Panache and Esther Fame of Fantabela.

MVI_5462-005The live wire behind the event is Barbara Howard, a long time resident of West Oakland and a host onYal Radio in Berkeley. She arranged for the Alameda County grant that pays for many of the essential costs each year and and she arranged for the entertainment and free food. She also worked with staff at City Council member Lynette McElhaney’s office to close Brockhurst Street, and for some of the late afternoon raffle prizes.

Major sponsors of the Juneteenth event include Oakland City Church, The Black and Brown Committee, and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. Free food for the event, hot dogs and ribs, came from Men Over 40 Still Balling, a men’s group made up of professionals playing basketball together, and the family business World Class Steaks.

About Juneteenth

The holiday’s origin goes back to an event after the end of the Civil War. In Galveston, Texas, Union soldiers arrived on June 19, 1865, announcing the end of the war and the end of slavery. This was almost two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It was the last bastion of slavery in the South.

When General Gordon Granger landed there, he read General Order 3, which began, “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.”

On the home page of the national web site, we find, “Today Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future.”

Community Awards

Howard includes a broad list of community awards at each Juneteenth celebration. “I honor individuals and groups that do positive things in our community. I do this at Juneteenth and also at the Black History celebration,” Howard told Oakland Local. “I would like to honor them for the ongoing work  they do for our under-privileged youth and families.”

“In remembrance of my ancestors, I find it very important to honor the California Transplant Donor Network,” explained Howard. “Many of my ancestors lost their lives, but also gave life to others and this is a tangible way of giving back and giving life to someone else at a time when we have lost a loved one.”

“The Bay Area Black United Fund supports organizations that serve African-Americans and help them take their rightful place in this society,” Howard said. “By having the same resources as everyone else… we can make the playing field even.”

IMG_5569 (1)Melody Powers accepted an award for the Bay Area Black United Fund. The Bay Area Black United Fund participates in major fund raising campaigns in workplaces such as Port of Oakland, AC Transit, and the City of Richmond.

The award for the California Donors Transport Network was accepted by June Wallace [see video clip below]. The award for Yal Radio was accepted by Yolanda Littles. Other awardees included East Bay Dragons motorcycle clubYoung Gifted and Black (see video clip), Kwame Nitoto Sr, Lateshya Johnson, Cesar Escalante Vazquez (see video clip), Ms.Yolanda Littles, Dylan Hamilton, Francine Carter-Harris, and the Simba-Lion Kings, a manhood training program at Bret Harte Elementary School in San Francisco. 

The Spirit of Love Jazz Funkestra played swinging jazz from the 60s and 70s during the late afternoon. Their Juneteenth lineup had Maestro Nola Curtis on keyboards, Larry Douglas on trumpet, Leon Williams on alto saxophone, Hanif on alto saxophone, and Tyrone Davis on drums.

 A YouTube video with clips of the celebration is here.

Below is a sampling of the photos from the full on-line album, accessible here.


BMS Board Retreat:

Date: June 7th 2014

Time: 9:30AM – 3:30 PM

Location: 333 Hegenberger

Oakland, Ca 94621


Brian Hill: 510-415-2098




Oakland Health Care  & Wellness Center

3030 Webster Street Oakland, Ca

Time: 1:00PM -2:00PM

Date; June 19th 2014



Brian Hill: 510-415-2098



Date: May 19th 2014

Location: Berkeley Food & Housing

Time: 10:00 Am – 12: 00 PM

2362 Bancroft Way Berkley, Ca


Date: April 17th 2014

Location: Choices Learning Center

Recovery Innovations Recovery

Time: 10:30 Am – 12: 30 PM

1211 Embarcadero Oakalnd, Ca

Contact: Joanna Aguirre


BMS & HHREC present a Cover California

Outreach Block Party

March 21st 2014

Time: 1:30 Am -3:30PM

Location: ReGynesis 9925 International Blvd.

Oakland, CA 94603

Contact: Doug Stewart  510-735-1471 or Joe Anderson 903-306-4280


Feb 13th 2014:

1:00PM to 3:00Pm

Telecare Corporation STRIDES

Treatment Center 

17th & Harrison 

Oakland, Ca 94621

Contact: Jonathan Griggs


Black Men Speak Presented:

The Center for Dignity, Recovery, & Empowerment Tools for Change 2014 Conference:

Joe Anderson and Brian Hill Facilitated the discussion – 4:15PM to 5:15PM March 7th 2014

San Francisco Hilton Hotel 333 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, CA Facilitate a workshop on How to start a Black Men Speak Group in your Community.  


Audio: How to Build a “Black Men Speak” or “Men of Color Group” for Wellness and Recovery in Your Community

BMS Alternatives 2013 Workshop

Powerpoint Presentation: 

BMS_Evaluation Please dowload this evaluation form fill it out and email the form to



2013 Alternatives Conference:

Building Inclusive Communities: Valuing Every Voice

Workshop Session: …”How to Build a Black Men Speak” or …”Men of Color Group” for Wellness and Recovery in your Community.

Time: 10:00 Am -11:30 AM December 6th 2013

Location: 208 Barton Springs Road

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Austin, Texas

Contact: Brian Hill – 510-415-2098 – Joe Anderson – 903-306 – 4862 or Harry Caldwell – 510- 472-0282


2013 Alternatives Conference:

Building Inclusive Communities: Valuing Every Voice

Facilitate The African American Caucus Session

Time: 7:00 PM -8:30 PM

December 4th 2013


208 Barton Springs Road

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Austin, Texas

Contact: Brian Hill – 510-415-2098


BMS & HHREC Cover California Outreach Block Party Event

October 26th 2013

Time: 11:00 Am -3:00PM


Alameda County Point Collaborative

Alameda, CA

Contact: Doug Stewart or Joe Anderson


BMS & HHREC Cover California Outreach Block Party Event

September 30th 2013

Time: 11:00 Am -3:00PM


North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church 1060 32nd Street Oakland, CA

Contact: Doug Stewart or Joe Anderson



The Trayvon Martin ruling and the protests that followed sparked much needed conversation. 

Join the Brown Boi Project,  The Center For Third World Organizing, and Black Men Speak as we come together** to discuss how the Trayvon Martin ruling affected – or didn’t affect – our everyday lives and where to go from here. 

As bodies who have historically born the brunt of US racism, policing, and the (in)justice system let us explore the healing can we do from inside our own community.The Trayvon Martin ruling and the protests that followed sparked much needed conversation

Wednesday August 7th 2013
6:00PM – 9:00PM
Show and Tell Concept Shop
1300 Clay St #160, Oakland, California 94612




Conditional Release Program:

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

Location: 2055 Fairmont Drive

San Leandro, CA 94578

Contact Person: Helene Hoenig,

L.C.S.W. 510-667-3944

Date:  July 25th 2013 

TIME: 1:30PM



June 25th 2013  Juneteenth  Celebration

Villa Fairmont

1500 Foothill Blvd San Leandro, Ca 94578

Start Time: 10:00 AM


June 22nd 2013

Start – 2PM – 6 PM

Peralta & Wellness Garden Ribbon – Cutting

2465 34th Avenue Oakland, Ca 94601

Contact Person: Harry Caldwell 510-832-7337


Friday May 10th  2013 – May 10th 2013 – 6PM BMS 

Joe Anderson, MC’d the Men of Color Workshop while Will Garrett, and Horatio Finley opened the workshop up with The Lords Prayer (Acapella)

Brian K Hill (Social Media Minister of Information) sang a song he wrote entilted Defeating Bi-Polar Love to close out the 4 new speakers from Tulare County HHSA


Click to listen to the workshop

 …”Men of Color Workshop”… 

Senior Paster George Mason IV: 

Brooks Chapel A.M.E.

Tulare City, Ca


Click on this link to view the flyer for this event

Tulare County HHSA and BMS Presents:


Thursday May 9th –  BMS Performs at The Enchanted Play House 

307 E Main St, Visalia, Ca (559) 739-4600 ‎ ·

Here are 3 samples of the concert from Opening for the Day of Expression Tulare County HHSA May 9th 2013.

Purchased By The Blood

Purchased By The Blood

Purchased By The Blood

There will be more coming as the video is completed from the Show. We had to give you just a taste of what we all enjoyed on Thursday in Visalia, Ca Purchase By The Blood were TRUE TO FORM! There were so many people that were touched by the heart of Harry giving his heart to encourage so many which was over 200 in attendance at teh Enchanted Play House Theatre!



BMS May 3rd 2013 Berkeley Options Recovery Program

Friday – May 3rd, 2013

Start Time: 10:00 AM

Berkeley Recovery Options Program

1932 Center Street Berkeley, Ca 94702

Contact  – Joe Anderson – 903-306- 4862


Sunday April 28th 2013 – 10 AM – 3 PM 

All Nations Community Church  will host

A fundraiser for Black Men  Speak, Inc

9248 International Blvd Oakland, Ca 94603

Contact: Pastor Dr.  Jerry L. Lindsey ThD


Saturday April 27th 2013

Start Time: 9:00 to 11:00 AM

Breakfast with the Brothers:

Grace Baptist Church 705 – 98th Avenue

Oakland, Ca 94603

Contact: Cedric Joseph: 510-253-8340


BMS Presentation Mar 28th 2013

HHREC 10 x 10 Campaign

West Oakland Health Center Oakland, Ca 94607


BMS Presentation Mar 24th 2013

All Nations Community C.O.G.I.C. 

Oakland, Ca 94621


BMS Presentation Mar 23rd 2013

The Way Christian Center 

Mental Heath Friendly Churches

Berkeley, Ca 94507


BMS Presentation Mar 19th 2013

Berkeley Homeless Shelter  – Men’s Housing Program

Berkeley, Ca 94702


BMS Presentation Mar 13th 2013

Town House Bay Area Community Services (BACS)

Oakland, Ca 94621


BMS Presentation Feb  28h 2013

Morton Baker Center Hayward, Ca 94542


BMS Presentation Feb 13th 2012

Villa Fairmont Rehabilitation Center

San Leandro, Ca 94577


BMS Presentation Jan 4-5th 2013

Black Men Speak Retreat:

BMS 3-5 Year  (Strategic Action Plan )

Oakland, Ca


BMS Presentation Dec 26th 2012


Bay Area Christian Church –

Holiday Food Program

West Oakland Cultural Center

Oakland, Ca 94611


BMS Presentation Dec 13th 2012

Recovery Innovations – Choices

Program Oakland, Ca 94621


BMS Presentation Nov 14th 2012

RMG Radio Show A Sacred Heart Radio
Oakland, Ca 94607


BMS Presentation Oct 2012 

No Presentation


BMS Presentation Sept  7th 2012 


Berkeley Food& Housing

Berkeley, Ca 94702


BMS Presentation Aug  7th 2012 –   

Alameda Point Collaborative

Alameda Ca 94801


BMS Presentation July  26th 2012 –

Berkeley Drop in Center  

Berkeley, Ca 94702



BMS Presentation Mar 19th 2013   (4 presenters) Berkeley Homeless Shelter Berkeley, Ca

BMS Presentation Feb  28th 2013 –  (6 presenters ) Morton Baker Center  to view the presentation Text Brian Hill 888-685-4519 for the (password)

BMS Presentation Feb  13th 2013 –  (6 presenters )Villa Fairmont Mental Health Rehabilitation

BMS Presentation Jan 2012  –          KPFA Radio –  Davey “D” Show  (Host)

BMS Presentation Nov 2012  –         A Sacred Heart RadioCathy Jones (Host)

BMS Presentation Dec 2012  –         Recovery Innovations – Choice Program




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