His leadership has been recognized by the former Mayor of The City of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, California State Senator, Mark Leno and former Mayor of The City of Berkeley Mayor, Tom Bates and former Berkeley City Councilman, Darryl Moore.
Dearest Bill, thank you so much for all of your hard, dilligent and thoughtful work surrounding my debut as the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas at Los Angeles Opera. Also, your coverage of us, the three African American countertenors helped us to make an even larger statement. You are absolutely one of the best.” Lead…
Black Composers- Shout For Joy showcase ” Hopefully Shout makes a contribution. But what you are doing sets the standard.”
Bill Doggett is a tireless champion for African American composers. His persistence and insight have opened doors for all of us and he continues to challenge the bias and prejudice so prevalent in today’s America
Bill,you are a brilliant man.” Sr Executive Director Arts Education LAUSD/Emeritus CEO,The Duke Ellington School for The Arts,Washington DC
During the years 2006-2013, Bill Doggett was viewed in the San Francisco Bay Area as a community engaged Activist Social entrepreneur event planner, specializing in new audience development and community outreach in multiple demographics.
His vision was to engage diversity within and across communities inter generationally based on shared values and cultural legacies.
He is the recipient of Certificates of Recognition from former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Senator Mark Leno for outstanding community development projects with additional recognition as the recipient of a venture seed fund grant for a community empowering pilot project in San Francisco 2007-08.
Between 2008-2010, Doggett served on The San Francisco Human Rights Commission in one of their important community advisory committees.
2006-2008: Black Men’s Health and Wellness Mixers: Magnet, Castro District, San Francisco: Co Founder
The Magnet based Black Men’s Health and Wellness Mixers were a showcase project developed in Summer/Fall 2006 which combined issues of social justice, health and wellness and social ministry work for Black men in San Francisco.
Doggett organized and produced a community outreach and wellness event for African American gay men in San Francisco’s Castro District.
This project produced a monthly inter generational
community wide networking event and community forum that engaged an average of 50 men who had previously experienced alienation and displacement from issues of racial discrimination in The Castro.
The event goal was to reframe the conversation about the place of African American Gay men in the Castro after the contentious 2004-05 Badlands Bar events and the closure of The Pendulum, the historic Black bar in the Castro district.
The outcome of these events created a welcoming perception to become an event for all Men of Color including Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander and Friends and supporters.
This important community empowering pilot project of Magnet Mens’ Health and Community Center [now a division of The San Francisco Aids Foundation] created opportunities for participation, visibility and projects of community service.
The Black Men’s Health and Wellness Mixers were the recipient of two proclamation from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom for outstanding community engagement, June 2007. The first proclamation was given to Magnet, the hosting agency and the second was given to Bill Doggett for outstanding leadership.