Every February is Black History Month and Oakland joins in the celebration of our African American heritage and the role of African Americans in shaping local, national, and international history with many events throughout the month. Check out a long list of events happening around the city on the City of Oakland's site.

On February 18, 2014, Councilmember Lynette McElhaney  Black History Month Celebration introduced a resolution in celebration of Black History Month honoring local African American individuals and institutions "who Through Their Innovative, Groundbreaking Work, Have Promoted Positive Change And Uplift For The City Of Oakland In The Fields Educators To Honor And Teach About The Achievements And Unique Contributions Of Blacks In The Armed Forces, Arts, Business, Civil Rights, Education, Entertainment, Family Life, History, Humanity, Law, Literature, Medicine, Music, Politics, Religion, Science, And Sports: Napoleon Brandford - Siebert Branford Shank & Co (Business); Paul Cobb (Journalism- Oakland Post News); Dr. Alecia A. Decoudreaux (Education- President of Mills College); Margaret Gordon (Advocacy- recipient of an award from Obama, environmental work); Elihu Harris (Politics- former mayor); Tacuma King & Tarika Lewis (Art, music lessons at OUSD & Malonga center for the Arts); Dr. Michael Lenoir (Medicine- allergist, president of National African American Association of Physicians, radio show on KPFA); Dr. Wade Nobles (Humanity- Institute of ? (long name)); Rev. Eloise Oliver (Religion), Ad Ante Pointer, Esq. (Law- civil rights lawyer); Leon "Bip" Roberts (Sports); E.W. Waevwright (Music); And Glynn Washington (Entertainment)"


Also, there's a lot to learn about black history in Oakland here on the wiki! (Check out last year's events.)

2014 Events

Sculpture of Calvin Simmons at City Hall

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