MARCH 19TH, 2018 | by CSUITEMUSIC Founder Michael J. Payton delivered California Governor Jerry Brown’s final proclamation on Black History Month in February at the Oakland Public Library.

Mr. Payton, who founded CSUITEMUSIC in 2016, is serving as an Executive Fellow in the final year of Governor Brown’s administration, the only African-American to currently hold that position.


He returned to his hometown of Oakland, California to present the Governor’s proclamation officially making February 2018 Black History Month in the State of California. The Governor issues this proclamation each year during February as a way to officially commemorate the celebration of Black history in California.


Governor Brown, who is the longest serving governor in California’s history, will be termed out next year, thus making Mr. Payton’s presentation the final time this proclamation will be presented during his administration.


Watch the video above and read the press release from the Oakland Public Library below!

AAMLO is the Site of Governor Brown’s Proclamation Declaring Black History Month

Release Date: 

Tue, 02/13/2018

On Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m., the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will be the site for Michael Payton, Executive Fellow from CaliforniaVolunteers in the Office of Governor Jerry Brown, to read the Governor’s proclamation declaring Black History Month in California. 

The theme of Black History Month 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War.” AAMLO is hosting programs every Saturday in February exploring this theme. These programs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. are free and open to the public. Following the reading of the Governor’s proclamation by Oakland-native, Michael Payton, of the Executive Fellows Program in the Governor’s office, National Parks Service Ranger and Vietnam-era veteran, Frederick Penn, will conduct a presentation on Col. Charles Young, commander-in-chief of the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers when they were stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1903.


That year, the 9th Cavalry was the first African American escort for a U.S. president when the unit accompanied President Theodore Roosevelt on his caravan through downtown San Francisco. Col. Charles Young, one of the most significant African American figures in U.S. military history, had deep ties to California, including his marriage to Ada Mills, born in Grass Valley, and a longtime resident of Oakland.

In the words of Governor Brown’s proclamation, “This Black History Month, let us remember the prominence of African Americans in our military history and pay tribute to those serving in all branches of the armed forces today.” 

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