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Literacy Liberates Event Hosted by Wiley Manuel Bar Association
Underground Books

Please join us as we welcome the Wiley Manuel Bar Association and their annual “Literacy Liberates” Book Drive for incarcerated youth featuring remarks from the Hon. Allison Williams. Mark your calendars and make your way to Underground Books for an evening to learn more about how the Wiley Manuel Bar Association is using books to encourage teens to unlock new horizons and ignite their passion for reading. Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to make a difference.


Community Event

Free Family Movie Matinee
Guild Theater

Join us at the Guild Theater on the first Sunday of each month for a free family movie matinee.

This month we are showing Paw Patrol:The Mighty Movie

The PAW Patrol pups magically gain superpowers after a meteor strikes Adventure City. However, things take a turn for the worse when Humdinger and a mad scientist steal their powers and turn themselves into supervillains. As the team springs into action to save the city, Skye soon learns that even the smallest pup can make the biggest difference.

Come out and enjoy Paw Patrol with the whole family. 


Poetry Night
Guild Theater

‘POHOP’ is The Guild Theater’s monthly Poetry and Hip Hop Night. Hosted by C West & J.Nash, the show features Aanisah Long, an alternative, soul, and hip hop singer, and Kokane, the headliner from Pomona, California.

Doors open at 7:00 PM, and the show starts at 8:00 PM. This is a 21+ event, and IDs will be checked at the door.

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Sacramento Hot Showcase
Guild Theater

Get ready to witness some of the most incredible talent in town at The Guild Theater’s upcoming Showcase competition! This event is your chance to experience a thrilling evening of entertainment hosted by the hilarious comedian Tristan Johnson. With DJ MadStick spinning amazing beats throughout the night, this is an event you won’t want to miss.


Comedy Night
Guild Theater

Experience a night of laughter and fun at the Guild Theater’s Comedy Night hosted by the hilarious Dru Burks. Get ready for a non-stop riot of comedy on this 21 and up event, with doors opening at 7 PM and showtime at 8 PM.

The night’s lineup features Jerrell Parker, Michael Calvin Jr., and the incredible Hannibal Thompson, a veteran comedian who has performed in different countries and prestigious comedy clubs. VIP ticket holders will have a chance to meet and greet with Hannibal himself.

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Sac High Alumni Spotlight: Frances Harris, Class of 2007

Frances Harris started Sac High in 2003 as a freshman and was part of the first class that graduated from Sac High as a public charter school. She is a second-generation Sac High student and lived right down the street from the school. Throughout her four years of high school, Frances was very involved in school activities and played basketball and soccer.

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Daughter of Legend Muhammad Ali, visited 40 Acres Complex 

Maryum Ali, the eldest of Muhammad Ali’s nine children, recently held a book signing at the historic Guild and Underground Books to celebrate the 20th Anniversary edition of her children’s book, I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali.  Through her book, Maryum seeks to introduce children to one of the greatest sports legends and most admired men of all time, Muhammad Ali. 

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Sac High Hosts International Teachers as Part of CSU, Chico’s Fulbright Program

We are delighted to continue our partnership with California State University, Chico’s Fulbright Teaching Excellence and Achievement (FTEA) Program. We recently hosted 19 teachers from countries across the world including Armenia, Bangladesh, Uzbekistan, El Salvador, Burma, and Kenya at Sac High so they could learn about U.S. practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, service learning, and the use of technology in the classroom. 

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Two Sac High Scholar-Athletes Sign College Letters of Intent 

We are thrilled that two of our Sac High Seniors, Kendahl Hearne and Lamar Radcliffe, committed to colleges for football and signed their letters of intent on national Signing Day. Kendahl signed with Cornell University where he plans to major in creative writing and Lamar committed to San Jose State University where he plans to major in kinesiology. 


Celebrating Black History Month
President's Message - 2.26.24

This month, we have been fully immersed in learning about and celebrating Black history. Not only are we focused on learning from the past we are focused on seizing future opportunities and building our next generation of leaders.

Article ABC 10Kandace Redd

‘Black history is not just February’: Art & Soul in Sacramento offers healing and education through painting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Carla Wells uses art to heal. She’s the founder of Art & Soul in Sacramento. Art & Soul holds all types of interactive art events like paint and sips, paint and plays, and paint and healing retreats.

“We can process pain through paint,” Wells said. “It’s creative expression in its fullness. It’s coming from the inside and it’s put onto canvas. Art & Soul serves men, women, children and families through creative process and creative play.”

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Sacramento High blasts rival Christian Brothers to win back-to-back section championships

Twice, the Sacramento Dragons could have watched their basketball season unravel since their last visit here.

There was an abrupt coaching change just before the start of fall practices, and then there was a lull in effort and production late in the Capital Athletic League season, resulting in three losses to teams motivated to douse the Dragons return run to a championship. But on Wednesday afternoon at Golden 1 Center, the storied Dragons of Oak Park buried all of that old residue for good.

Article The Sacramento Observerby SRISHTI PRABHA

Living history and legacies: Teaching Black history in Sacramento classrooms

It’s Black History Month and schools, like Sacramento Charter High School, are shaping their curriculum to include the rich Black history of Sacramento.

And Cassandra Jennings, the Chief Executive Officer of St. HOPE Charter Schools, reminds students at Sacramento Charter High School of exactly that. 

“The history goes even further than what you’re reading in the books. We got our own history right here,” she told the seniors in her advisory class.

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Sac High Alumni Spotlight: Janera Whitney,  Class of 2012

Throughout her time at Sac High, Janera Whitney (maiden name Montano) was very active and took advantage of all that Sac High had to offer. She was involved in Yearbook all four years, helped put on a shoe drive to support Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, and joined the softball team. She also attended school board meetings to advocate for charter renewal, was involved in community improvement campaigns, and participated in internships. 

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Black History Month Play Showcases Mental Health Struggles Women Face 

St. HOPE is pleased to partner with Celebration Arts to present the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow is Enuf at the historic Guild Theater. Directed by the visionary Voress Franklin, this iconic choreopoem is a profound exploration of racism, oppression, and sexism. The production weaves the tales of seven women through poetry, music, and dance, delivering a powerful narrative filled with passion and raw honesty.

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Sac High Partnership with MADE Provides Scholars with Unique Hands-on Learning Opportunity

Sac High recently established a partnership with MADE to provide scholars with an opportunity to learn how to use design programs and tools to create artistic projects. Scholars come to the creative community workspace located in Oak Park one day a week after school. They receive  hands-on instruction and have access to graphic design programs and tools to create stickers,  wood engraving, 3D printing projects, and more. 


PS7 Elementary School Modernization Installs New Classrooms 

The construction teams have been hard at work on our PS7 campus renovation project since July 2023 and we are thrilled that the project is on schedule. Crews have been busy clearing land, pouring concrete, preparing building foundations, and installing new water, sewer and power lines that will serve the new facilities. They have paved the future basketball courts and new front parking lots, and began building the new campus fence.


Racial Equity AND Economic Justice
Message from the CEO - 1.24.24

As we celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. last week I was reflecting on the importance of having racial equity AND economic justice. The two are intimately intertwined and we must ensure that policies and practices are developed through a lens that provides equity and removes systemic barriers.  


Supporting Winning Teams
Message from the CEO - 11.28.23

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As I think about winning teams, I’m grateful for your support and generosity as we collectively work to uplift the Oak Park and greater Sacramento community.  Speaking of winning teams, I’d like to give a shout out to our Sac High football team who came back from a slow start to make it to the second round of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs.  I commend them for not giving up and making the necessary changes to finish strong.  We should never count the Sac High Dragons out. Let’s go Dragons!

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Jada Pinkett Smith Book Tour is Coming to Underground Books

We hope that you can join us for an exciting in-person event as we welcome Jada Pinkett Smith as she comes to Sacramento on her book tour.  Jada’s new unconventional memoir Worthy is an invitation to join her adventure in search of love and self-worth. During this special event, Jada will recount her story in an intimate conversation with readers.

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Sac High Senior Micah Holmes Leading by Example 

Earlier this month, Micah Holmes, a Sac High senior, presented at the City Parks and Community Enrichment Commission where he told Commissioners how much he has benefited from participating in the City’s youth workforce development Landscape & Learning (L&L) program. Micah started as an intern in the L&L program in summer 2022 where he has worked in community parks and green spaces weeding, pruning, and providing general park maintenance and clean up.

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To make dual enrollment more equitable, bring the college experience to high school
October 24, 2023

College enrollment was declining even before the pandemic. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “the overall college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds decreased from 41% in 2010 to 38% in 2021.” In 2021, the college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds was highest for Asian students (60%) compared to 37% for Black students and 33% for Hispanic students.