Tag Archives: History

Book cover of "Ying Lee, From Shanghai to Berkeley".

Assemblymember Thurmond Honors Longtime Berkeley Activist Ying Lee

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (D-Richmond) has recognized Ying Lee, former Berkeley City Councilmember and tireless social justice activist, as the 15th Assembly District’s Women’s History Month awardee.
A painting in the exhibit, "Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters" at The Mexican Museum of San Francisco.

San Leandro’s Big Read Hosts Field Trip to Bay Area Museums

As part of San Leandro’s 2015 Big Read Program, the Public Library is offering a field trip to two Bay Area Museums: The Oakland Museum of California and The Mexican Museum of San Francisco. <
President Obama, third from left, walks holding hands with Amelia Boynton, who was beaten during Bloody Sunday, as they, the First Family and others, including Rep. John Lewis (D-GA.), walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.

President Obama, 20,000 mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights clash in Selma, Alabama Obama Says, "Our Work is Never Done"

Leading thousands of marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, AL, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the men and women that stood their ground in the face of violent attacks March 7, 1965 [...]
BAM Poet's Choir & Arkestra

Black Arts Movement Gala Opening, Feb. 7 Features Book Fair, Art from San Quentin Inmates, and BAM Poet’s Choir & Arkestra

  The Black Arts Movement 50th Anniversary Celebration will commence on Saturday, Feb. 7 in partnership with Laney College and President Elnora T. Webb, Ph.D.   The Bay Area-wide celebration will kick off with a [...]
Tarea Hall Pittman

Petition to Name the South Branch Library in Honor of Tarea Hall Pittman

By Jane Fong I interviewed Richie Smith as she passed by our signature-gathering table – a long time resident of Berkeley – to discover the reason why the Berkeley Community is signing petitions to rename [...]
John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis Talks History & Hope at the Calvary Presbyterian Church

Congressman John Lewis talked about history, freedom and the hope for the future at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco on Saturday Sept. 20. Lewis introduced, “March Book One,” a graphic novel that will [...]

New Children’s Book Celebrates Civil Rights Movement

Beginning in December of 1955, the Montgomery Bus Boycott was one of the most important catalysts for radically charging the American civil rights movement. A language arts teacher in Atlanta, Yolanda L. Everett knows that [...]
Julieanna Richardson, founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, left, interviewing poet, author, playwright, film director, activist Dr. Maya Angelou; courtesy of The HistoryMakers Collection at the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress Acquires African-American Oral History Video Collection

The Library of Congress has the donation of a video archive of thousands of hours of interviews—The HistoryMakers—that captures African-American life, history and culture as well as the struggles and achievements of the black experience.

Oldest living Tuskegee Airman Walter Crenshaw Turns 104

A surprise 104th birthday celebration was held last Sunday for Walter Crenshaw, the oldest living Tuskegee Airman at the Veterans Home of California in Los Angeles.The Tuskegee Airmen became America’s first Black military airmen during [...]