Tracy African American Association, LLC (TAAA) strives to increase awareness
of African American culture, values, education and history throughout the community.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS...
TAAA general meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month, from 10:00 until 11:30 a.m., at Brookdale Tracy, 355 West Grant Line Road, 3rd Floor General Purpose Room, Tracy, CA 95376. Participation in TAAA’s varied standing committees enables individuals and families to take an active involvement in the community. You will be encouraged in your efforts to contribute to educational, social and cultural activities. We take pride in our efforts and respective abilities to promote community awareness of African American culture, values, contributions and history.
TAAA COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/EVENTS ...
BLACK HISTORY MONTH ESSAY CONTEST
A contest held each year to encourage teachers in the TUSD to promote the education of black history to elementary and middle school students. Essay winners are awarded U.S. savings bonds as prizes. The contest allows each student to obtain perspective about African American history and the people who contributed to the historical African American journey.
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BREAKFAST
Sponsored by TAAA, the breakfast allows Tracy high schools’ Black Student Unions to present and host a celebratory breakfast to acknowledge and recognize achievements of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., while motivating others to participate in building racial harmony and cultural education in our community.
WAYNE NELSON SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS
For many years, the African-American community has recognized a need for improved educational opportunities for African American youth. TAAA grants academic scholarships annually in order to enrich educational opportunities for eligible college-bound African American students in Tracy, CA. Scholarships are presented during the annual Juneteenth Festival, to high school seniors entering accredited colleges and universities.
While it symbolizes the end of slavery, Juneteenth has come to symbolize for many African-Americans what the 4th of July means for all American freedom. It serves as a historical milestone reminding Americans of the triumph of the human spirit over the cruelty of slavery. It honors those African American ancestors who survived the inhumane institution of bondage, and demonstrates pride in the marvelous legacy of resistance and perseverance they left us. The annual Juneteenth Festival is our signature event that generates significant funds for the TAAA scholarship program.
A non-religious African American cultural celebration provides the community the opportunity to join in celebrating African American heritage and many important principles; hosted annually at the home of Peter and Melyssa Barrett.
Each Fall, TAAA solicits donations of warm coats, and distributes them to children in at-risk communities.
Each year, prior to the start of the school year, TAAA solicits donations of school supplies and backpacks, and distributes them to children in at-risk communities.
TAAA - OVER THE YEARS!
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2017 TAAA officer installation: (l-r) Dr. Nancy Young, Dr. Howard Baker, Lynette Jones, Sandra Goodman, Toni Beckham, Dr. Clara Styles, Fred Coles, Gail LaGasca, Patricia Jackson and Yolande Knight, pictured with (center back) Benjamin Henderson (Sen. Cathleen Galgiani rep.), Supvr. Bob Elliott and Tracy Mayor Michael Macial