Saturday September 27, 2014 @ Mercer SF
Special Guest Performer: Mara Hruby
Mara Hruby burst onto the scene in the beginning of 2010 playing shows all around the Bay Area and has released her debut EP “From Her Eyes” in November 2010. “From Her Eyes” is her first release of music to the world and it said a lot about her character and vision as an artist. Mara Hruby worked on the EP for a total of nine months and even went as far as recording and arranging/engineering her own vocals. The EP consists of cover songs originally recorded by male artists and each song has represented a moment in her life. Mara Hruby released the EP “Archaic Rapture” on March 18, 2014, which will then be followed by her first official album.
Special Guest Speaker: Kimberly Bryant, Black Girls Code
The glory of being the first black female Mark Zuckerberg is up for grabs, and Kimberly Bryant is making sure that there will be enough girls to step lively over the digital divide. As founder of Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces young women (ages 7-17) to computer programming languages with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, Bryant knows it’s all about access — and confidence. Black Girls Code serves nearly 2,000 students in the U.S. and South Africa, with more than 600 volunteers from the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industries. For her efforts, the former electrical engineer in 2013 was named one of Business Insider’s “25 Most Influential Blacks in Technology,” and Black Girls Code received a Champion of Change award from the White House this summer.
Special Guest Speaker: Stevon Cook For SF School Board
Stevon Cook is a third generation San Franciscan, current resident of Bayview Hunter’s Point and candidate for the San Francisco Board of Education. Stevon worked as an academic adviser at Marshal High School and was later appointment to the Community Advisory Committee for the Public Education and Enrichment Fund. Through his work, college enrollments increased by 38% for African Americans, and 14% for Latinos at Marshal. As a Commissioner, Stevon will work to improve our teacher retention to ensure educators are better prepared and supported in their first five years of teaching. He will do more to create safe and supportive schools to ensure that we are creating learning environments that allow teachers to teach and students to learn.