Teaching While Black: Exposing Institutional Racism at Claremont Middle School

Claremont Middle School is nestled in the affluent and predominantly white neighborhood known as Rockridge, Oakland. It is an open enrollment public institution consisting of a diverse socioeconomic population of students from all over the East Bay. Many parents send … Continue reading Teaching While Black: Exposing Institutional Racism at Claremont Middle School

Fetching what was lost: Paying homage and reclaiming San Francisco Bay’s black roots

“All of my stories come from the past” asserts Damon Lawrence, CEO and Creative Director of Homage Hotel Group. His company will debut The Town Hotel, a black-owned boutique hotel in downtown Oakland slated to open Summer 2016. Homage is … Continue reading Fetching what was lost: Paying homage and reclaiming San Francisco Bay’s black roots

Defending Afrika Town: West Oakland’s fight to preserve a space made for and by the community

In November 2014, a hundred plus community volunteers took it upon themselves to begin transforming and beautifying an abandoned and polluted lot on the corner of West Grand and San Pablo Ave in West Oakland. For 14 years, the lot remained … Continue reading Defending Afrika Town: West Oakland’s fight to preserve a space made for and by the community