Lise Pearlman, Saturday March 3
Considered the country’s leading expert on the 1968 Huey Newton death penalty trail in Oakland, Ms. Pearlman studied law at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley, and practiced law in Alameda County. She appeared in the acclaimed 2015 documentary, “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” and she will be signing copies of her new book, With Justice For Some: Politically Charged Criminal Trials in the Early 20th Century That Helped Shape Today’s America.
Careth Reid, Saturday March 10
Ms. Reid is a native of Berkeley and a lifelong educator and champion of community service in the Bay Area. She is a recipient of the San Francisco State University “Alumna of the Year” award and an inductee in the university’s Hall of Fame. She will be signing copies of her book, The Picture Man: From the Collection of Bay Area Photographer E.F. Joseph, 1927 – 1979 which she wrote with co-author, dance legend, and Oakland native, choreographer, Ruth Beckford.
Halifu Osumare, Saturday March 17
A participant and witness, scholar and advocate, Ms. Osumare continues to be a force in the Bay Area dance scene. Her new book, Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir traces her coming of age as a dancer and choreographer, and her collaborations with Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, and Donald McKayle, among others. In the words of Ntozake Shange, Ms. Osumare has “tackled the mystery that is the magic of contemporary African American dance.”
Tamara Shiloh, Saturday March 24
Join Tamara Shiloh at the African American Museum & Library at Oakland to learn about the many contributions African American women inventors and scientists have made. Shiloh is the author of the popular children's series Just Imagine...What If There Were No Black People in the World about African American inventors, scientists and other notable Black history makers.
Honoring the Women, Saturday March 24
The Women’s Committee of the Oakland NAACP will honor several generations of women leaders, past and present, by recognizing them for their achievements in various spheres. Following the NAACP program, Cultivating Gardens will present health and wellness for women: a self-care experience through gardening, herbal infusions, yoga and meditation. Wellness is not just about free from sickness it also means being aware of healthy choices that gives us a totally fulfilled life.
Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Saturday March 31
Councilwoman McElhaney is serving a second term representing Oakland’s Council District 3. Known as a bridge builder and advocate, she will speak on “Women, Power, and Change” addressing issues swirling in society, with the national and local women’s marches as a focal point for organizing. What do African American women want for themselves and their communities? How are they using their power? Are they learning from their forebears and black women leaders of the past?