Former member of the Oakland Board of Education Alice Spearman died on Tuesday, May 26. She was 63.
Spearman died of complications following a heart attack in March.
A graduate of Oakland schools, she was a powerful advocate for disenfranchised students as an active parent, school volunteer, school district employee and a member for eight years of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Board of Education, serving District 7.
Spearman was born in Berkeley and moved with her family to Oakland where she attended Lockwood Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School, Frick Middle School and graduated from Castlemont High School.
She attended California State University, Eastbay and California State University at San Jose.
She was a widowed mother of two adult daughters, both who graduated from Castlemont High. She was a member of the First African Methodist Episcopal Church where Dr. Harold Mayberry is the pastor.
Over the years, Spearman volunteered at many schools beginning at Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, proceeding to Frick Middle School and Castlemont High School. She worked as a parent liaison for Project SOAR for Frick Middle School, McClymonds High School and Oakland High School.
She was chair of the District Advisory Council of the Oakland Unified School District for 12 years; chair of the National Coalition of Title I Chapter I Parents, Region 9 for 4 years; and a board member of the Community Action Agency, City of Oakland, appointed by Councilmember Henry Chang, representing the entire city.
More recently, she worked for the American Indian Charter School in Oakland.
Spearman was a member of a number of organizations including, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the African American Advisory Committee on Crime, the Task Force on the Education of African American Children for OUSD and the Oakland Chapter of the NAACP.
She is survived by her brother and two daughters.
A quiet hour for Alice Spearman will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 11 at C.P Bannon at 6800 International Blvd. in Oakland. The homegoing service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 12 at First AME Church at 37th Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.