October 1, 2021
October 1, 2021 marked a moment of victory for San Diego civil rights activists who:
The first envisioned the Educational and Cultural Complex (ECC) as a vibrant epicenter
entertainment և public service in the heart of South Diego San Diego.
California Senate President Tempor Tony G. Atkins announced at the press conference.
that a $ 35 million grant will be used to renovate a historic theater
San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) ECC.
“I started my tenure in the district, touring all the colleges
In this building I found many rooms with cups, prizes, plaques and resolutions.
from elected officials. I was disappointed to see that our history is not known,
“It was marked and evaluated,” said the Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD).
Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., who previously served as SDCCE President for six years.
“The layers of this rich treasure are deeper than I ever imagined, we are sitting
on the history of civil rights. This is sanctified land. ”
“We know the history, we will invest again in the future, which is what it is
“It’s so important for today,” Atkins said in a welcoming speech.
Forty-five years ago, ECC was one of the only centers of education in San Diego.
և Arts: Civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, award-winning artist and philanthropist
Stevie Wonder և Civil rights activist և American poet Maya Angelou are some of them
Many influential champions of social justice who have been a part of history
Introduced by Atkins with California Sen. Ben Hugheso և Member of Parliament Chris Ward
San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Chancellor Carlos O. Disadvantages:
Cortez, Ph.D., SDCCE, District Non-Credit College.
San Diego Board Members Sean Elo-Rivera և Monica Montgomery Step, SDCCD Board
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Maria Nieto Senuri, PhD, Interim President of SDCCE Kay Faulkner
Boger, Ed. D. And Alice Smith Cooper, Member of the SDCCE History Preservation Committee
were among the speakers.
“The iconic ECC Theater was an invaluable asset in southeastern San Diego.
At the crossroads of arts և activity, we exercised our right to change
here in this prominent civil rights camp, ”said Montgomery Step, a board member.
“There is nothing controversial, this is a safe area of the community, known for being in the center
about being famous in the context of our community’s cultural revolution
protection of civil rights. ”
Today, the ECC continues to honor its original purpose of welcoming the public
February for the celebration of the month of history, where live music, dance and speech are shown
a word that symbolizes African American heritage. Students of SDCCE Welding Department
Design a swim every year that responds to Dr. King’s dream of freedom. Supported by:
The award-winning float entries from the state grant will be mentioned around the ECC.
In addition to arts, SDCCE has provided free higher education անվճար free labor training
for adults in San Diego since 1914 – more than 100 years of legacy of opening doors
to a world of opportunity for students who come from underrepresented ethnic և
Minority groups, including immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seeking families.
“We still have adults in our community who have not received their high school diplomas
և What does this mean for them that they have less opportunity to participate?
In this economy, said Senator Hueson, SDCCE is one of the institutions that can
provide a path to high-paying jobs. These places help build the middle class,
a way for people to have a family. ”
Assembly member Ward added: “These are investments that have been completed for a long time
for our community. This is about our future, hundreds of thousands of communities
members who will be able to get a quality education, who will build skills, who will
to be able to be the most active part of our community, who will be given the opportunity. ”
A planning committee will be set up this fall to begin conservation and restoration work.
ECC. Renovation of the theater will include modern acoustic panels, sound and lighting devices.
Updated posts, lobby areas և seats. In addition, plans will be updated in the area
Outdoor areas նոր New community room to welcome public use. Project:
It is estimated to be completed in 2024.
“We will be honored to welcome students to this new institution knowing what
it will be able to secure their future, ”Ward said.
SDCCD Chancellor Cortes works with և government officials in San Diego
to have ECC as a Civil Rights Guideline.
This press release has been prepared San Diego Community College District. The views expressed herein are the property of the author.