As I write this I am a few days away from retiring from the Oakland Public Library where, for the past dozen years, I’ve managed the Oakland History Center.
Black Matters: the world of Afrofuturism
Local exhibits, lectures, and film festivals celebrate the cultural movement of Afrofuturism.
Oakland’s Waterfront History: a brief tour
As a librarian who specializes in history, I’m always looking for new places and interesting ways to learn Oakland history.
Black Women and Political Leadership
The Oakland History Center commemorated Black History Month by hosting "Black Women and Political Leadership," a program to honor the dedicated and innovative work Black women accomplish.
The Afro-American Association: Forerunner to the Panthers
Founded in 1962, the Afro-American Association taught African Americans history, race pride, and self-reliance, and had a significant influence on the founders of the Black Panther Party.
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Over 100 years ago, Oaklanders faced another worldwide health crisis.
1919: the year that changed America
This year marks the centennial of a momentous year in the world and American history.
Celebrating Oakland’s Own Frank Robinson, 1935-2019
Frank Robinson, graduate of Oakland's McClymonds High School, became Major League Baseball's first African American manager after a distinguished playing career
A Brief History of Oakland’s Madison Square
Madison Square has been home to the Chinese community since the 1860s.
Elizabeth Scott Flood: Early Oakland Educator
In honor of Women's History Month, we introduce Elizabeth Scott Flood who championed education for Oakland's children of color in the 19th century.
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