City Celebrates African Americans Who Have Made the Community Strong


Recognizing Black History Month, city councilmembers and Mayor Libby Schaaf honored a group of African American unsung heroes who have been dedicated in their work to better the Oakland community at the City Council meeting this week.


Led by Council President Lynette McElhaney, they each recognized an African American organization or leader who has promoted positive change in the city and demonstrated leadership through arts and culture, religion, community development, athletics, volunteerism and business.

“Black History and Heritage Month is an important opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans who have made our City a better place for all Oaklanders,” said McElhaney.

Councilmember Dan Kalb recognized poet and author Tennessee Reed; Councilmember Abel Guillen recognized Dr. William Love, professor at Peralta Community Colleges; Council President McElhaney recognized Arnold Perkins, former director of Alameda County Health Department.

Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington recognized Rev. Harry Louis Williams of Allen Temple Baptist Church; Councilmember Noel Gallo recognized owners of King’s Boxing Gym, Charles and Celeste King; Councilmember Desley Brooks recognized community leaders Carroll Fife and Cat Brooks, and artists Jennifer Johns and Kev Choice.

District 7 Councilmember Larry Reid recognized Gladys Green, a lifetime community safety leader; Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan recognized Robbie Clark and Causa Justa, a community organizer for housing rights.

Mayor Schaaf recognized Black Panther Party leader and educator Ericka Huggins.


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