Friday, January 9, 2015

The Black Arts Movement declares Last Saturdays in Oakland's Black Arts District

The Black Arts Movement has declared February 27 as the first Last Saturday along Oakland's 14th Street, downtown, between Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Alice Street. In anticipation of Mayor Libby Schaaf's official proclamation of the BAM District and the City Council President, Lynette McElhaney, introducing legislation to mark the BAM District in stone, leaders of the West Coast Black Arts Movement are preparing to celebrate the grand opening on February 27, 2015. The event will include performances by musicians, singers,poets, spoken word artists, art and craft vendors, physical, mental and spiritual wellness workers, food vendors along the BAM corridor that includes numerous historical landmarks, including the African American Library/Museum, C.L. Dellums Apartments, Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building, Elihu Harris State Building, Frank Ogawa Plaza, Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, Geoffrey's Inner Circle, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland Post News Group offices, Caribbee Club and the Malonga Arts Center at 14th and Alice, also the cite where Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was assassinated in broad daylight. It will extend to the Alameda County Courthouse where the trial of Black Panther co-founder Dr. Huey P. Newton was tried for murdering an Oakland Police Officer. Newton was found innocent. For more information, call Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X @ 510-200-4164 or contact the Post News Group

 Bay Area Black authors and activists celebrated the life of slain Post News Group Editor Chauncey Bailey at the Joyce Gordan Gallery, 14th and Franklin. Far right, standing is Paul Cobb, Publisher of the Post News Group; behind him is Gallery owner, Joyce Gordon

Oscar Grant Rebellion occurred at 14th and Broadway

The funeral of Little Malcolm Shabazz was at the Islamic Center, 14th and Jackson

The 80th Birthday celebration for Dr. Nathan Hare was at Geoffery's Inner Circle, 14th and Franklin

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