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Cal State East Bay leads outreach to Northern Calif. African American churches this Sunday


CSUEB President Leroy M. Morishita is among the CSU leaders who reach out each year African American congregations to address the importance of higher education. (Photo: Barry Zepel)

  • November 6, 2013

As part of their ongoing efforts to increase the number of African Americans attending college, Cal State East Bay and the California State University system are partnering with 19 African American churches in Northern California for the ninth annual CSU Super Sunday scheduled for Feb. 16.

Cal State East Bay President Leroy M. Morishita and other CSU representatives will speak to Bay Area congregations about the importance of a college education.

Morishita will address the 10:30 a.m. service at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 1909 Market Street in Oakland. Super Sunday presentations will take place at a total of 18 churches in the East Bay.

As the university’s outreach has grown through the years, CSU staff and church education liaisons have continued meeting to further develop ways to communicate with the African American community, particularly young men. Programs launched in recent years include financial aid workshops, expanded distribution of college materials to sixth through 12th grade students and their parents, and the development of a how-to guide for church educational advisers who work directly with families within these communities.         

Following each of the selected church services on Super Sunday, CSU outreach directors and church education advisors will provide information on the application and admission process, including virtual tours through CSU Mentor, the Web site that helps students apply for college.

CSU officials and staff members will discuss the role of parent involvement and early student preparation in getting to college.

One of the informational pieces to be distributed during Super Sunday is the “How to Get to College” poster, providing middle and high school students and their parents with step-by-step information on the path to college. Members of each congregation also will hear about the CSU’s Early Assessment Program, an academic preparation testing program enabling 11th graders to gauge their college readiness in English language arts and mathematics long before applying to the CSU.

Churches, addresses, and Sunday, Feb. 16 starting times follow:

Acts Full Gospel
1034 66th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94621
8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94621
11 a.m.

Bible Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
1520 8th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94606
11 a.m.

Center of Hope Community Church
8411 MacArthur Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94605
8 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Covenant Worship Center
2622 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
11:30 a.m.

Easter Hill United Methodist Church
3911 Cutting Boulevard
Richmond, CA 94804
10:30 a.m.

Family Bible Fellowship
37620 Filbert
Newark, CA 94569
10:30 a.m.

Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ
27689 Tyrrell Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544
8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Grace Bible Fellowship of Antioch
913 Sunset  Drive
Antioch, CA  94509
8 a.m., 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Greater Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church
1827 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94612
8 a.m. & 11 a.m.

Greater Saint John Missionary Baptist Church
1909 Market Street
Oakland, CA 94607
10:30 a.m.

Hope for the Bay Church of God
1860 Tyler Street
San Pablo, CA 94806
10:30 a.m.

Mills Grove Christian Center
5410 Fleming Avenue
Oakland, CA 94619
10:30 a.m.

Palma Ceia Baptist Church
28605 Ruus Road
Hayward, CA 94544
10 a.m.

Restoration For Life Ministries
610 N. Hunter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
11 a.m.

South Bay Community Church
47385 Warm Springs Blvd
Fremont, CA 94539
10:30 a.m.

Additional information about Super Sunday can be found on the Cal State East Bay Web site (

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