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Ph.D. candidate Ianna Owen and Professor Na’ilah Suad Nasir. NewsCenter photo by Cathy Cockrell.

Reflections on #BlackLivesMatter, from Ferguson to UC Berkeley

By Cathy Cockrell, UC Berkeley News As #BlackLivesMatter protests erupted and spread across the country late last year — everywhere from Ferguson, Missouri, to Sproul Plaza — African American scholars at Berkeley asked themselves how [...]
Micah Lubensky, who led the Generations event for 5 years, is seen here with Bishop Yvette Flunder, who received a Pioneer Award last year for her social justice of LGBT and her longtime fight in the battle against AIDS.

“Generations 2015” Celebrates Contributions of LGBT Black History

We live in a climate of continued racial oppression and pervasive homophobia and stigma, and it is time to embrace the history and journey of all Black people in America.
Left to right, Rev. Harold Mayberry, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Presiding Elder Guyton, and Rev. Alexander at the AME Church Founders Day celebration. Photo by Walter Mitcbell.

Congresswoman Lee Honored with AME Church Lifetime Achievement in Social Action Award

The California Conference Ministerial Alliance of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church awarded Congresswoman Barbara Lee with the Lifetime Achievement in Social Action Award during its Founders Day celebration on Sunday, Feb. 8. The celebration [...]
McClymonds High School in Oakland.

Lack of Transparency in School Redesign Process, Says McClymonds Community

One of the five schools that Oakland Unified School District plans to totally transform is McClymonds High School in West Oakland, where many in the school community are saying they are still confused about what [...]
The Rance Allen Group will perform at the Charles Reid Gospel Festival on Feb. 14 in Richmond.

Reid’s Records Honors Family Legacy with Charles Reid Gospel Festival

The fourth annual Charles Reid Gospel Festival will feature the powerhouse Rance Allen Group from Toledo, Ohio, and fast-rising gospel diva Le’Andria Johnson from the Atlanta suburb of Hapeville, Georgia, on Saturday, Feb. 14 at [...]
A group of activists, led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, marched from the UC Berkeley campus to the city council meeting at Old City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Berkeley Council Bans Tear Gas, Baton Strikes, Approves Investigation of December Protests

Two months after Berkeley police injured peaceful protesters with batons, tear gas and projectiles, some 150 activists led by Berkeley High, Berkeley City College and UC Berkeley Black student unions, took the Black Lives Matter [...]
The Human Rights Center’s Kim Thuy Seelinger discusses findings from sexual violence research with colleagues in Kenya. Photo by Stephen Smith Cody.

Macarthur Foundation Awards $1 Million to Human Rights Center

By Andrea Lampros, UC Berkeley News The MacArthur Foundation has recognized the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law for its investigations and research on war crimes and human rights abuses with a 2015 MacArthur Award [...]
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Black Future Month: Examining The Current State Of Black Lives And Envisioning Where We Go From Here

By Opal Tometi, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Reprinted from Huffington Post   Everyone knows that February in the U.S. is observed as Black History [...]
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Trajes Regionales de Mexico Opens at the San Leandro Public Library

The San Leandro Public Library is partnering with the Ballet Folklorico Mexicano de Carlos Moreno in order to present “Trajes Regionales de Mexico” (Regional Costumes of Mexico), a breathtaking exhibit showcasing a collection of costumes [...]