Guidance observes Women’s Day
The Guidance Church of Religious Science, 7225 Crenshaw Blvd., will observe its Annual Women’s Day on Sunday, May 18, at 10 a.m. Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber will be the guest speaker.
Dr. Humber is a native Angeleno who can trace her family heritage in Los Angeles to the early 1920s. She received her bachelors of arts degree in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles, a masters in education from Loyola Marymount University, and her doctorate in sociolinguistics from Howard University.
She is a professor in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Her research interests focus on African and African American culture and history, Ebonics and its educational implications, as well as ethnic studies, sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication.
Dr. Humber taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 18 years. Of note is her work in one of the first programs in the nation to address the cultural and linguistic needs of African American learners, The Proficiency in English Program for the Black Learner Who Is Culturally and Linguistically Different (PEP). She served as director for the Program for Achieving Communication Excellence in the School of Communications at Howard University, Washington, D. C., for four years.
She has been in the College of Education and Integrative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona for 13 years and has been a faculty member in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department for nine years. She is a world sojourner who has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.