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Saturday, February 19, 2022

10:15 AM

Trinity United Methodist Church

225 West President Street

Michael Tubbs


“Don’t tell nobody our business,” Michael Tubbs’s mother often told him growing up. For Michael, that meant a lot of things: don’t tell anyone about the day-to-day struggle of being black and broke in Stockton, CA. Don’t tell anyone the pain of having a father incarcerated for life. Don’t tell anyone about living two lives, the brainy bookworm and the kid who can hang. And also don’t tell anyone about the particular joys of growing up with three “moms”—a grandmother who never let him miss church, an aunt who’d take him to the library any time, and a mother who schooled him in the wisdom of Tupac and Biggie.

So Michael didn’t tell anyone his story, even as he beat all the odds—soaring to a scholarship at Stanford, a position at the Obama White House, and returning to Stockton to become, in 2016 at age 26, its first African American mayor and the youngest-ever mayor of a city of over 100k people. Now, he’s finally ready to share where he came from, and where he’s going.

The Deeper the Roots is a memoir astonishing in its candor and its clarity of vision. Tubbs shares with us his family of badass women, his life-changing encounters with Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama, and everything in between—en route to unveiling his bold plans for the future of his hometown, and America.


Born and raised in South Stockton, CA, Michael Tubbs received a scholarship to Stanford and completed internships at Google and the White House before becoming in the youngest and first Black mayor of his hometown in 2016. Elected to serve on the City Council in 2012 before becoming Mayor, Michael has spent nearly the past decade fighting for his community to bounce back from record homicides and bankruptcy. He and his community have made tremendous progress with significant reforms to increase opportunity for youth, improve police-community relations, increase investment in underserved areas of Stockton, and build strong partnerships locally, statewide, and nationally to address Stockton’s most pressing issues. Michael was the subject of an Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, Stockton on My Mind, released in 2020 and in November 2021 came out with his first book, a memoir The Deeper the Roots.

Michael currently serves as Special Advisor to California Gov. Gavin Newsom for economic mobility and opportunity, and in early 2022 he will launch his newest organization, End Poverty in California (EPIC) offering direct poverty relief efforts to respond to the needs of families today.