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GALA 2020

Code Black Gala 2020 was a fun-filled night celebrating Black excellence, building community, and recognizing CBE’s Impact Nonprofits, trailblazers who are positively impacting the Black community! This unforgettable elegant black-tie experience provides the opportunity to network and party with an impressive crowd of Bay Area professionals, philanthropists, and style icons with a culinary experience by Chef Mimi. Live entertainment was also provided with  DJ Battle between featured musical guest MC Lyte and rising star DJ Kenzo.

to the Code Black
2020 Award Recipients!

Art & Culture
Disruptor Award

Monetta White
Executive Director, MOAD

Community Champion

Chris Chatmon
Deputy Chief of Equity
Oakland Unified School District

Impact Investor Award

Fredrick Groce and Sydney Sykes
Founders of BlackVC

Tech Innovation award

Marcus Bullock

Congratulationsto our Third Impact Nonprofit Class!

This year’s Impact Nonprofit class focuses on nonprofits that have programs dedicated to criminal justice reform and rehabilitation efforts. As a part of CBE’s fundraising efforts, we will be donating funds to our Impact Nonprofits.

East Oakland Collective
​The East Oakland Collective (EOC) is a member-based community organizing group invested in serving the communities of deep East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity. With programming in civic engagement and leadership, economic empowerment and homeless services and solutions, we help amplify underserved communities from the ground up. We are committed to driving impact in the landscape, politics and economic climate of deep East Oakland. ​
Muhammad Ali Cultural Center
We are a community hub. The East Palo Alto Boxing Club has opened its doors to the community for years. We serve as a safe space for court-involved youth and their families. We offer boxing, mixed martial arts, youth programming, open mics, professional development, and job training. This program is free for our young people. In addition to the violence prevention programs and intervention services we provide at MACC, we also partner with other organizations around the city to offer resources to youth in need. Sometimes that’s a hot meal. Sometimes that’s a warm place to stay after school. Sometimes it’s a place to check in with your probation officer or social worker. Sometimes that’s just a gym where adults will listen to young people without judgement.

Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency

The mission of BOSS is to help homeless, poor, and disabled people achieve health and self-sufficiency, and to fight against the root causes of poverty and homelessness. The organization was founded in 1971 by a group of volunteers from the Hillel Streetwork Project in Berkeley who responded to the needs of mentally ill individuals being released to the streets by state hospital closures. Volunteers provided street outreach, crisis intervention, and benefits advocacy to the emerging homeless population. Founding Board Member and civil rights activist Ursula Sherman raised money to pay the first project staff, and the organization was incorporated into a 501c3 nonprofit.

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a set of principles, a philosophy, focused on mending broken relationships to create a better future. It is a fundamental shift in the way that we think about and do justice, in the way that we do community. What happens when we stop thinking about justice as “an eye for an eye”? What happens when we think about harm in ways that don’t involve retaliation or vengeance, but healing and transformation?