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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.
Home care workers, seniors, and union members marched on Wednesday outside the State building in downtown Oakland demanding that Gov. Brown treat all workers equally and give home care providers overtime pay. Photos by Ashley Chambers.

Home Care Workers Demand Gov. Brown Keep His Promise of Overtime Pay

In-home care workers, union members, and seniors rallied outside the State building in downtown Oakland on Wednesday chanting, “Overtime is overdue,” demanding that Gov. Jerry Brown keep his promise of overtime pay for workers who [...]
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 [...]
Supt. Antwan Wilson and Board President James Harris at a school board meeting. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Debate Heats Up Over Five Oakland Schools – Superintendent Walks Out of Board Meeting

A conflict has broken out between Supt. Antwan Wilson and the majority on the Oakland Board of Education over the fate of five flatland public schools and the meaning of the policy governing the quality [...]
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 [...]