Frederick Roberts: California's First African American Legislator

In honor of election day the African American Museum and Library at Oakland profiles political figure Frederick Madison Roberts.

      

Today is Election Day in the United States of America. Your vote counts. On this Election Day, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland profiles political figure Frederick Madison Roberts. Roberts was born in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1880 to Andrew J. and Ellen Wales Roberts. From his mother, he acquired the distinction of being the great-grandson of Sally Hemings, a woman reputed to be the mistress of Thomas Jefferson.

There were two milestones in Roberts’ distinguished life. First, Roberts was the first African American to graduate from Los Angeles High School. He went on to attend the University of Southern California for one semester and then transferred to Colorado College, where he received an A.B. in legal studies. He also served in his first civic office, acting as deputy assessor of El Paso County, Colorado.

                     

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International Games Week & Month @ OPL!

Are you a gamer? Did you know that International Games Week is November 4-10, 2018? Luckily, you can play all month long at OPL.

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International Games Week is November 4-10, 2018. Whether you're into video games or old-fashioned board games, we've got fun events for you, your friends, and your family all month long!

Thursday 11/1

Wii U Super Smash Bros. Preliminary Tournament @ Dimond Branch

Saturday 11/3

Super Smash Bros Preliminary Tournament

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Halloween & Día de los Muertos @ OPL!

If you love spooky season and/or celebrate Día de los Muertos, we've got you covered with fun events for all ages!

Wednesday 10/31

Halloween Family StorytimeImage of spooky pumpkin

We're having a special (sorta-)spooky storytime! Gather 'round the campfire and get ready to giggle and shriek at tales of toddler-friendly terror. We will sing and dance and then do a pumpkin craft.

Recommended for ages 3-7, but all of your family is welcome.

Wednesday, October 31st, 10:30am @ Elmhurst Branch

 

 

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Remembering Ida L. Jackson [1906-1996] A Reflection by Sean Dickerson

Historic Prescott School turns 150 in 2019 and to help celebrate AAMLO will be occasionally blogging about the school's history. Sean Dickerson begins this week with the story of Ida Louise Jackson, Oakland’s first African American teacher, who taught at Prescott starting in 1925.

 

 

On the anniversary of Ida L. Jackson's birth (October 12, 1902), AAMLO celebrates her commitment to progress and empowerment through education.

In 1921, while attending U.C. Berkeley (at the time one of only eight African American women students), Jackson founded the Rho Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the oldest Greek-letter society for African American women in the United States. After being told by the Oakland Public School system that she would need more education, she returned to U.C. Berkeley, earning her Master's degree in 1923. After earning her Master's degree, Jackson was again denied a position with Oakland Public; this time they told her she required more teaching experience. With this in mind, Jackson moved to the Imperial Valley, and began teaching at East Side High School in El Centro, California, where parents of minority children had

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Weekends @ OPL!

Looking for free things to do this weekend? Every week, we'll be posting our picks of weekend events at OPL. Don't forget to follow us on social media @oaklibrary for latest updates!


We love weekends here at OPL. Every week, we post up a small selection of events we think you might find useful or enjoy. You can find the full list of events here. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @oaklibrary!

 

Friday 11/9:

Adult YogaImage of person in yoga pose

Join Amina Soubra for yoga classes with specialized emphasis on detoxification, healthy body alignment, holistic energy needs, and building core

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Celebrate Labor Day with the 93rd Anniversary of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland recognizes the contributions of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters this Labor Day Weekend.

This week marks the 93rd Anniversary of the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.  Unions have played a significant role in providing protections for American people. However, some unions, such as the American Federation of Labor refused to let African Americans be a part of their unions. As a result, African Americans found it difficult to find work in certain occupation. Without union representation, union jobs would not hire them as workers.

During the 19th century, one of the biggest corporations in America was the Pullman Company. George Pullman developed the idea of having a luxury train service where passengers could get to and from their destinations in less cramped, uncomfortable conditions. Pullman’s idea was to use the services of African Americans to serve as servants on the trains. He believed that African Americans would work as servants because they were used to

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10 Things You Can Do With Your Library Card

There are so many things you can do with your library card besides checking out books. For many of them, you don't even have to come to the library!

Did you know that it's officially Library Card Sign-up Month?  Yes, there is a month for everything!  Hear me out, though, if you don't already have a library card (or even if you do), cause library cards do more than you know!

1. Stream a Movie, TV Show or Music

With hoopla and a library card you can not only read eBooks (without holds lists), listen to audiobooks, and read graphic novels, but you can also watch popular movies, listen to great music, and 

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Congratulations to KDIA on its induction to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame

AAMLO recognizes radio station KDIA and its induction into Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame

Congratulations to radio station KDIA for its recent induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame as the 2018 Legendary Station. KDIA has been a staple of the bay area African American music scene for over 50 years. However, there was a time when African American music was not played on Bay Area airways.

Prior to World War II, there were not radio stations featuring only African American music, and as late as 1947, and well into the early fifties, it continued with musical formats that reinforced racist stereotypes mocking Black culture. Formats began to change as a direct result of the unanticipated impact of a growing Black listening audience coupled with its significantly increased political and economic clout. Jazz, rhythm and blues and gospel music were now being played.

KDIA Lucky 13 debuted in 1959 when Egmont Sonderling, owner of Memphis-based WDIA, purchased KWBR from

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In Memoriam Ronald Dellums 1935 - 2018

Remembering Bay Area political leader and activist Congressman Ron Dellums

In Memoriam

Ron Dellums (1935 – 2018)

This week America lost one of its staunch advocates for African American people in the United States. Ron Dellums congressional career began in 1970 when he was elected to Congress as a representative of the state of California. He would represent California for 27 years [14-terms]. As a congressman, Dellums was outspoken man who took up the causes for minorities and fought against the involvement of America in various wars.  He also served as the chair of the House Services Committee.

Did you know that before former President Barack Obama introduced the idea of health care for all, Ron Dellums proposed the National Health Service Act? Dellums introduced this act in 1977 to provide universal and affordable health care that was available to everyone.  Though the bill was unsuccessful in passing, the blueprint for health care for all was

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Happy Belated Birthday Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela Visits the City of Oakland After His Release From Prison

                                                                    

Photo courtesy of the African American Museum and Library at Oakland Archives Department

AAMLO will like to take the time to acknowledge the birth one hundred years ago this month of former political prisoner and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. In 1963, Mandela was charged with sabotage against the South African government. He was convicted and given a life sentence in prison. On February 11, 1990, Nelson was released after spending 27 years in prison.

On June 30, 1990, Mandela came to Oakland, California and spoke to a crowd of over 58,000 people at the Oakland Coliseum. This photo comes to you from our Archives Department. 

Happy Belated Birthday

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