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Thank you for attending Making Connections IV: The State of Black America last week at Laney College. I hope you enjoyed the day, learned  new information about how you can work to strengthen the Black community, and made new connections. As a follow up and next steps to our discussions, please save the date for the evening of Thursday, February 8, 2018 for a Making Connections Town Hall.  We will continue discussing the pressing issues facing our community.

In the meantime, please review  the conference outcome report below that was compiled from all of your responses from Saturday’s surveys. We hope this will be helpful as you move forward to make change. Share it widely with your networks, and let us know how else we can help you. You can also download the report at


Supervisor Keith Carson

Alameda County, 5th District

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YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US for the fourth convening of AFRICAN AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS MAKING CONNECTIONS IV, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:00am - 4:00pm at Laney College, Oakland, CA.  MAKING CONNECTIONS is an initiative that mobilizes African-American organizations, businesses and leaders throughout the greater East Bay region in efforts to create timely solutions for growth, sustainability and prosperity.   

As in the previous three gatherings, this year’s MAKING CONNECTIONS promises to present a robust action-oriented event, featuring national, regional and local dignitaries and renowned speakers.  With over 400 expected attendees, MAKING CONNECTIONS IV offers a diverse mix of engagement sessions and workshops designed to enlighten, empower and activate.  More importantly, by providing a safe space for our community members, policy makers and funders to collaborate, network, discuss and develop solutions to a myriad of social issues afflicting the African-American, MAKING CONNECTIONS IV hopes to revolutionize the way Bay Area communities devise and implement solutions for social advancement.

Please get involved today.  We are seeking event partners, sponsors and exhibitors to partner with us to ensure we have a great turnout and substantive event outcomes.

We are hopeful of your partnership to support our efforts to engage and link the greater African-American community of organizations, businesses and leaders within the East Bay Area. Collectively, we have the power to implement the positive desired changes within our communities. We are stronger and better, together. 

If you should have questions about sponsorship levels and engagement, or interested in volunteering, please contact LaNiece Jones at or call 510.568.5899





(510) 779-3036



900 Fallon Street
Oakland, CA 94607


Saturday, October 7, 2017


9 AM - 4PM

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  Alameda County Supervisor        Keith Carson,  District 5

Alameda County Supervisor

    Keith Carson, District 5


Supervisor Keith Carson serves as a member of Alameda County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District of Alameda County on a platform dedicated to inclusive and accessible government. The Fifth District include the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont and large portions of Oakland, namely the West Oakland, North Oakland, Rockridge, and Montclair neighborhoods, and portions of the Dimond, Bella Vista, and San Antonio districts.

Supervisor Carson works to bring together people who have a wealth of talent and creative resources to address our shared problems within the numerous areas including access to health care, ending poverty, homelessness, crime, improving business retention, and addressing the scarcity of jobs in our communities.


Making Connections 2013, Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Making Connections 2013, Supervisor Keith Carson




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