On Oct 25, 2023, Author Jonathan Conyers spoke at Redondo Union High School Auditorium to share his inspiring story of how a "village" of teachers, mentors, family, community and even strangers helped him overcome the odds that were against him from the start. His experiences led him to form Brooklyn Debate League which is a non-profit whose mission is to bring speech and debate to at-risk communities. Copies of his book were donated to school libraries around LA.
On August 6, 2023, the anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, MB United along with Congregation Tikvat Jacob and Trinity Lutheran Church hosted an author talk with Phil Brown, author of Olivia Jones. Attendees discussed progress since the Civil Rights Movement and the importance of making history more accessible.
On June 4, 2023, South Bay Community Coalition Against Hate and Trinity Lutheran Church hosted an author talk with Dr. Larry Ward, author of America's Racial Karma. MB United member, Tim Jones, moderated the engaging dialogue.
MB United organized 2 screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary, Grandpa Cherry Blossom, followed by a Q&A Speaker Panel with film maker Maddox Chen, Chuck Currier and Mary Uyematsu.
On February 26, 2023, MB United hosted a screening of the historical Baldwin-Buckley race debate, followed by an anti-racism discussion with our local leading academics and author of The Fire is Upon Us, Dr. Nicholas Buccola.
On December 12, 2022, MB United attended an interfaith dialogue with Paul Small and Josh Freeman, authors of the beautiful coffee table book, A Festival of Light. The focus for the evening was on "Peace," a universal concept shared by all faiths.
Once again, MB United was represented at the Hometown Fair with a booth in the Free Speech section. This year's focus was on advocacy for the City Council and School Board candidates who best represented our values.
In 2022, MB United coordinated a first-of-its-kind program to connect children of Richstone Family Center with the ocean, by partnering with Manhattan Beach's Roundhouse Aquarium. The Roundhouse worked with MB United and Richstone to create and deliver a hands-on and interactive summer program that will be held annually.
In 2022, MB United kicked off its annual fundraising for the Social Justice Scholarship in Memory of Bruce's Beach. One senior for Mira Costa High School and one student from Environmental Charter School are chosen as recipients. All high school seniors are encouraged to apply. Scholarships are given at academic year-end in accordance with each's schools awards.
Organized by MB United's Diana Skaar, Manhattan Beach families and children gathered at Polliwog Park in November 2021 for a sidewalk chalk art event to kick off United Against Hate Week. Speakers reflected on attacks on the LGBTQ community, Black community, and the AAPI community. MB United has since organized bystander intervention training with ajsocal.org for citizens to become more comfortable standing up to hate.