Tag Archives: Pastors of Oakland

On Saturday, Nov. 7, churches and community leaders in Oakland and the Bay Area stood in solidarity with Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in West Oakland, which is shown above.
Left to right are Pleasant Grove church choir (bottom Left), SambaFunk! Drummers (top left), Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Pastor Thomas Harris of Pleasant Grove, City Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan and Pastor Amos Brown of Third Baptist in San Francisco (top right) , Rev. Ray Williams of Morning Star Baptist and Marvin X, founder of the Black Arts Movement (bottom right). Photos by Ken Epstein. Collage by Adam L. Turner.

Oakland Steps Out for Faith with a Joyful Noise

The city of Oakland has long been considered the citadel for progressive civil rights and political movements involving activism for racial and social inclusion and equity.
Drummers of the SambaFunk! Funkquarians perform with members of the public at Lake Merritt in protest. Photo by Tulio Ospina.

Is Oakland a “Sanctuary City” for Its Sanctuaries? Gentrifiers cause the city to use police and fines to punish drummers, churches and creative artists

  Black churches in Oakland are being asked to moderate their worship voices after neighbors have made noise complaints to the city about the volume of the gospel that is reaching beyond the church walls.
From left to right: Pastor Michael Moore , Dr. Jenne Scott, Pastor Gerald Agee, Dr. Patricia Scott, Superintendent Antwan Wilson, Pastor Marie Reems, George Holland, Bill Patterson, Dr. Lawrence VanHook, Pastor Deborah Avery, Terry O. Wiley, and Chief of Schools Dr. Allen Smith.

Pastors, NAACP, Black Businesses Back OUSD Superintendent, Demand Positive Changes

Oakland Unified School District Antwan Wilson and his new team of administrators recently met with Pastors of Oakland, the African American Chamber of Commerce and the Oakland NAACP, seeking to build rapport and support for [...]
(left to right) Rev. Vernon Burroughs, Pastor Joe Smith, Pastor Curtis Robinson, Pastor Lawrence Vanhook, Rev. Dr. Harold Mayberrt, Servant B.K. Wooodson, Pastor Gerald Agee, Rev. Cornell Wheeler, Elder Maurice Lackey, Rev. Dr. Gregory Payton, and Rev. Cheryl Ward stand in support of  District 6 Councilwoman Desley Brooks (center).

Oakland Clergy Back Desley Brooks for City Council

Pastors of Oakland gathered on Tuesday to announce their support in the reelection of District 6 Councilwoman Desley Brooks in the Rainbow Center at 58th Street and International Boulevard.Running for her fourth term, Brooks has [...]
California Girl Brain Dead

Jahi McMath Declared Brain Dead, Family Still Fighting (UPDATED) Hospital Criticized for Insensitivity

The family of 13-yr-old Jahi McMath sat in a courtroom Tuesday morning listening to the testimony of an independent medical expert confirm that their daughter was brain dead.

Pastors Seek Donations for Church Damaged in Car Crash

Seeking to repair his damaged church building, Pastor Donald Scurry of Joshua Christian Church, 793 W Grand Ave, has received moral and financial support from fellow ministers Rev. Curtis Flemming, Rev. Gerald Agee, and Rev. [...]