Tag Archives: Oakland

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OP-ED: Black Future Month: The Need for Black Teachers

By Kimberly Mayfield-Lynch and Kitty Kelly Epstein   American schools need Black teachers. There is considerable documented evidence that Black students do better when they have more African-American teachers.
Artist drawing of Coliseum City.

Community Members Question Coliseum City

A number of community members spoke at a public hearing last week at the Planning Commission, raising concerns about how East Oakland neighborhoods and businesses will be impacted by a city proposal to clear the [...]
Book cover of "Granny, Who is God?" 2014. Illustration by Virginia Jourdan.

Writer Carmen Bogan Promotes Literacy with Children’s Book

Granny, who is God?   In her illustrated multicultural children’s book, author Carmen Bogan entertains this question that has probably lingered in the minds of most small children. <
From left to right, Oakland Council President Lynette McElhaney, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Mayor Libby Schaaf, and Pastor Zachary Carey of True Vine Ministries.

Libby Schaaf Backs Jesse Jackson’s Drive to Bring Tech Jobs to Oakland

Civil Rights veteran and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. was the guest speaker at the True Vine Ministries services, which are held in the McClymonds High School Auditorium in West Oakland, [...]
Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Attorney General Eric Holder. Photo courtesy of Congresswoman Barbara Lee's office.

Attorney General Holder Visits Oakland to Build Community Trust 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee welcomed Attorney General Eric Holder to Oakland Thursday for a roundtable discussion around building trust between the community and law enforcement.     The conversation, held in the Ronald V. Dellums Federal [...]
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. Photo by Ken Epstein.

Mayor and Council Pledge Actions to Reduce Systemic Racial Injustice

The Oakland City Council this week continued to come to grips with issues raised at a recent public hearing “on racial inequality within the economic and criminal justice systems.”
Terrance Kelly.

Terrance Kelly to Perform Spirituals at Piedmont Piano Company

Terrance Kelly – who has been director of the multi-racial interracial Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir for the past 29 years, as well as choir director at Imani Community Church for 18 years – credits his [...]
Nombuso Phiri and Rev. Bongane Nyathi (who formerly worked at the AIDS Project of the East Bay (APEB) in Oakland). Nyathi lives in South Africa, serving as pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. Phiri, from South Africa, will visit the U.S. for the International Missions Conference to further develop her winning community design, "The Skill Transfer Project."

“From Charity to Justice” –  Allen Temple Holds International Missions Conference

Seeking to address the challenges that face both Black youth and young adults in the U.S. and in South Africa, Allen Temple Baptist Church Global Ministries of Oakland will host an International Missions Conference. 
McClymonds community attends the school board meeting Wednesday, asking the district to inform them about what is planned for their school and saying they want to be included in the planning. Photo by Ken Epstein.

School District Faces Conflict Over Teacher Pay and “Redesign” of Five Schools

The Oakland Unified School District’s three new school board members and newly hired superintendent have taken their positions just as two of the district’s most protracted conflicts are coming to a head – poorly paid [...]