JAMUL, CA – The Jamul Indian Village (JIV) of California Tribe and Jamul Casino are observing Black History Month with a number of events and initiatives scheduled throughout the month. JIV and Jamul Casino are joining the celebration by amplifying Black voices and highlighting the significance of the historical contributions of Black Americans as well as the ongoing struggles.
“This month, we acknowledge and appreciate the historical contributions of the Black community while also recognizing the role and impact of the systemic barriers to racial equality that still exist today,” said Erica M. Pinto, Chairwoman of the Jamul Indian Village and Chairwoman of the JIVDC Board. “Black History Month is time for us to reflect, learn, and continue the fight for racial justice. The tribe and the board of directors celebrate the legacy of Black Americans that have profoundly shaped this country and are proud to continue to support the achievements of the Black community.”
Jamul Casino’s recognition of current and past accomplishments of the African American community include:
- Jamul Casino has committed $10,000 to Many Shades of Pink, an organization that provides support and resources to African American breast cancer patients.
- On February 4, Jamul Casino hosted a luncheon honoring two local heroic women of color, Dr. Suzanne Afflalo and Wendy Shurelds, Founder and CEO of Many Shades of Pink. Both women work to improve healthcare in the African American community.
- Throughout the month of February, Jamul Casino is featuring 31 important figures on the digital screens in the casino and on its social media channels. Highlighted are both historical and present-day African American leaders.
- The tribe and Jamul Casino continue to make donations and support the County of San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.
- Requested as a guest favorite, Jamul Casino hosted a Black History Month celebration on February 11 on The Rooftop called Motown Memories, which brought the great hits of Motown to the stage with songs by: The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, The Jackson Five, Stevie Wonder, and The Temptations, among others. The dinner event featured choreography and high-quality backing tracks.
“Jamul Casino’s Black History Month initiatives provide an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the sacrifices and struggles of Black people who have played a vital role in shaping the United States of America,” said Mary Cheeks, President and General Manager of Jamul Casino. “We are excited to recognize the African American community’s contributions to our culture, and be part of creating a brighter, richer, more inclusive future for the next generation.”