Our Roots The Diablo Black Men’s Group began as a social outlet for Diablo Valley men. Over the past 17 years, DBMG has evolved into an organization of men who are committed to using the collective influence to enhance the lives of their members, families and communities.
DBMG In Action We are committed to making a positive impact, through our teams, programs and events. Our teams include:
DBMG Contributions Learn more about contributions DBMG has made to the community. Read More..
DBMG Offers Grants
Did you know DBMG offers grants up $1,000? DBMG is proud to provide two grants up to $,1000 once a year. These grants focus on community organizations who seek assistance in supporting our diverse citizens in the East Bay. Click here to download our grant application, guidelines, and instructions.
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DBMG Upcoming Events
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Applications are now being accepted for the 2017-2018 DBMG Scholarship Awards until April 15th 2018 Click Hereto start.
African-American Male Students from Contra Costa and Alameda County High Schools Receive 2017 DBMG Scholarships
Front Row: Loic Alini, Dublin HS, Amahd Mabry, Oakland Technical HS, Jonathan Shaw, Dublin HS, Julian Johnson, Hayward HS. Back Row: Elijah McIntosh, Dublin HS, Jalen Jones, Da La Salle HS, Elijah Hodges, Miramonte HS, Joshua Lanier, Heritage High/Liberty HS, and William Walddell, Freedom HS. Not Pictured: Head Royce School: Joshua Jennings. Marin Academy: Isaiah Alexander. McClymonds HS: De’Sean Neabeack
The Diablo Black Men’s (DBMG) Group has announced the winners of its 2017 DBMG Scholarships. These one-time scholarships, which range from $500 to $5,000, were awarded to 12 African-American male students graduating from high schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. Since 2006, the DBMG has awarded 68 scholarships totaling over $130,000.
In July, the 2017 Scholarship Awardees were honored during a special breakfast at the San Ramon Marriott where they were recognized by the DBMG for their academic success. During the meeting, the awardees were given an overview of the college lifestyle, how to apply for financial aid, and how to navigate the many academic challenges they may be faced with during their college career.
DBMG On NewsMakers
Recently, our Brother Spencer Tyrus was interviewed by Barbara Rodgers on Comcast's NewsMakers. Clink HERE to view the interesting interview.
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker Visits DBMG Members at October Meeting
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker met with the Diablo Black Group Mens Group (DBMG) members and spouses during our General Membership meeting at the Bridges Golf Course on Oct. 3 to discuss the work she’s doing in Sacramento. Assemblywoman Baker represents the 16th Assembly District which includes Alamo, Danville, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon and Walnut Creek.
Baker is currently Vice-Chair of the Assembly Higher Education Committee, and a member of the committees on Transportation, Business and Professions, Privacy and Consumer Protection, and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. She also serves on the Select Committees on Youth and California’s Future, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education, and Renewable Energy Development and Restoration of the Salton Sea.
During the DBMG meeting Baker gave the group an update on the work she’s doing to improve funding for our local community colleges and state university systems. She also took time to hear questions, comments and issues that attendees had about the schools in the San Ramon and surrounding Tri-Valley area.
Assemblywoman Baker also announced to the group that DBMG members Phil Tucker and Mitchell Hopson have joined a volunteer committee to focus on issues pertaining to the African-American community within the 16th district. One of the goals of this volunteer committee will be to provide Assemblywoman Baker with additional clarity and perspective on the complex issues and challenges that affect the African-American community, and make recommendations on possible solutions. Photo by Cindy Chin.
DBMG in the News
The Diablo Black Men's Group was featured in the East Bay Times Newspapers this week. We are very proud of our organization and the support we receive from our community. Click Here to read the article.
DBMG Member Spotlight Percy Abram Jr. (Founder)
Percy L. Abram, Jr., was born in Canton, Mississippi on September 3, 1941. In the 1950's, his family left the South and moved to Los Angeles, California. Mr. Abram believed in receiving a formal education. He began his college studies at Los Angeles City College and earned a Bachelor's of Arts in BusinessAdministration from California State University (Los Angeles) and completed graduated work at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also graduated the Executive Development Program., University of Houston. Mr. Abram joined Gulf Oil Corporation in 1965 as an accountant in Los Angeles, California. He held supervisory and management positions in Gulf's West Coast Marketing operations before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1971, to work as a Governmental Affairs Department representative. After a brief assignment in Houston, Texas, Mr Abram was named Financial Manager in the Baltimore Marketing District in 1974. He returned to Houston in1980 and held positions as Financial Coordinator, Assistant to the President of the Refining and Marketing Company, and Financial Accounting Manager. In 1985, with the Chevron/Gulf merger, Mr. Abram relocated to the Bay Area as financial Accounting Manager for the Marketing, Refining, Supply and Pipeline Operations. He held the position of Worldwide Downstream Audit Manager for Chevron Corporation until his retirement. In June 1997, Mr. Abram retired from Chevron Corporation after a distinguished career of 32 years. Mr. Abram also served in the United States Army in Vietnam. Mr. Abram was a member of many national and local business and community organizations. He was a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA); Board Member and Treasurer of Sister Thea Bowman Manor; Board Member of Vice Chairman of Christian Church Homes; Founding member of the Diablo Black Men's Group; Diablo Valley Foundation for the Aging Volunteer; Former Board member of the Accounting Career Awareness Program; Founding Member and Mentor of Chevron Concord Black History Awareness Committee. Mr. Abram was a loving husband to his wife (Sandra Abram - married in 1974) and wonderful father of three. Mr. Abram enjoyed life to the fullest and always helped others. Mr. Abram passed on April 9, 2000.
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DBMG Supporting our Community
Part of DBMG's mission is to support our community. Below are community events DBMG highlights.
2017-18 Season William Shakespeare's A MidSummer Night's Dream Directed by Sherri Young Sep 16–Oct 1, 2017 | Taube Atrium Theater
Lovers, Amazon women, and mystical fairies share the stage in this colorfully imaginative tale of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream set in Trinidad & Tobago's Carnival. The audience becomes part of the cast as they are taken through an enchanted forest upon a magical night revealing star-crossed lovers, magical fairies, and a troupe of actors. All before the Carnival celebration of the Duke and Duchess' wedding day.
African-American Shakespeare Company's Cinderella Directed by Sherri Young Dec 22–24, 2017 | Herbst Theatre
Enjoy the laughter this holiday season with the African-American Shakespeare Company’s original production of Cinderella. Delighting audiences for over 23 years, this heartwarming production of the lowly scullery maid who doesn't know her own value. Only when a special invitation to the palace arrives, does Cinderella begin to dream of something more, but her stepmother and (oddly masculine) stepsisters have different plans for our heroine. Dreams do come true... with the help of a sassy fairy godmother who can make the magic happen. A side-splitting comedy that will have all ages with tears of laughter in their eyes and warmth in their hearts this holiday.
Tennessee Williams' A StreetCar Named Desire Directed by L. Peter Callender Mar 4–18, 2018 | Marines' Memorial Theatre
Struggle for power is the theme in this dynamic Pultizer Prize winning and critically acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams.A Streetcar Named Desire reveals the depth of a volatile relationship between Stanley and Stella Kowalski. Gas is poured on the flame when Stella's sister, Blanche DuBois, arrives on their doorstep. Fleeing from reality caused by her romantic illusions, the Southern Belle teacher, Blanche DuBois, needs the safety of her sister and brutish brother-in-law for relief and ease from the horrible rumors and gossip. In a struggle for power, secrets are exposed and revealed in this devastatingly disturbing production. A classic American play with unforgettable characters. Watch, feel, laugh, cry… share and talk about it.
William Shakespeare's Richard III Directed by Kirsten Brandt Jul 14–29, 2018 | Taube Atrium Theater
Richard III explores the Machiavellian rise of power of one of Shakespeare’s most fascinating and complex anti-heroes. King Edward sits on the throne ending the decades long War of the Roses, but his youngest brother Richard has his eyes on crown. Fueled by an entitled lust for power and villainous panache, Richard’s path to glory is marked by seduction, murder, and betrayal. His darkly comedic ambition is no match for friends, family or enemies as he careens his way to the top. Starring AASC's Artistic Director L. Peter Callender as the unapologetic king you love to hate, this exploration in masterful manipulation is one of Shakespeare’s most profound commentaries on power, family and the right to rule.
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