Oakland-Africa Sister Cities International Records, 1970s-2000

Crowd of people in front of a building
Oakland-Africa Sister Cities International founder Ahlerman Van Lewis waving from a crowd of children, circa 1984. Courtesy Oakland Public Library, Oakland History Center.

In 1975, Oakland City Council passed a resolution approving the formation of Oakland-Africa Sister Cities Program. Oakland was joined to Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana. Oakland-Africa Sister Cities International (OASCI) was formed in 1976. Oakland-Africa Sister-Cities International was a non-profit corporation dedicated to international understanding and good will, through cultural, economic and educational exchange between the people of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana, and the people of Oakland, California, U.S.A. OASCI activities included school and community affiliated programs and events which served to increase individuals' interest and awareness in African-American history and current events. OASCI was headed by Ahlerman Van Lewis (1931-2001).

Records in this collection relate to Oakland-Africa Sister Cities International, its founder Ahlerman Van Lewis, and other affiliated organizations. 

(OHC COLL 2023-1)

24 folders in 2 boxes (.4 linear feet)

Go here for a more detailed list of this collection's contents. 

Available at Oakland History Center, Main Library.