City planners explained it will be a two year process before the final downtown plan is decided, after zoning and environmental impact reports are made, along with decisions on funding and agreements with developers. Concerns were that artists are often used by developers to win development bids then the artists are cast aside or given kibble and bits to silence any protests from artists and art groups.
As the meeting concluded, Marvin X noted that after growing up in West Oakland's cultural and economic district and seeing it destroyed by redevelopment (Negro removal), we cannot let the same happen to the BAM District. This can be avoided by land trusts and life estates to protect the BAM District's cultural institutions, businesses and housing residents. FYI, residents and community activists in San Francisco's Mission District are calling for a moratorium on rents and evictions. City of Oakland politicians and planners should consider the same for the downtown area and Oakland in general.
The Black Arts Movement District begins at the African American Museum/Library, Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and 14th Street.
At 14th and Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, The C.L. Dellums Apartments, in honor of the man who headed the first North American African Union, The Pullman Porters. Statue of C. L. Dellums at the Oakland Amtrak station.
14th and Clay, The Elihu Harris state building in honor of Oakland's mayor and state official.
14th and Clay, the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building, in honor of Congressman Ronald V. Dellums, an icon of Oakland's Black radical tradition, along with his uncle, C.L. Dellums.
14th and Broadway, Frank Ogawa Plaza, in honor of City Councilman Frank Ogawa, Asian American we fondly remember was sensitive to the needs of ethnic minorities. The plaza is also called Oscar Grant Plaza in honor of the young man slain by BART police.
14th and Broadway, Black Arts Movement co-founder Marvin X's Academy of da Corner, the most dangerous classroom in the world. Oakland rebellions happen in his classroom, i.e., Oscar Grant, Occupy Oakland, General Strike, Ferguson, Black Lives Matter. Ishmael Reed says, "Marvin X is Plato teaching on the streets of Oakland." photo Adam Turner
14th and Broadway, City Center BART station, Bust of John B. Williams. Williams
was the first Black Redevelopment Director of Oakland. Williams is celebrated for
revitalizing West Oakland, Old Oakland and portions of Chinatown along with the
George Scotland Convention Center housed inside the Marriott Hotel, which is
diagonal to the Key System Building where Josephine Baker led a protest for workers.
Legendary dancer, singer Josephine Baker performed at Slim Jenkins in
West Oakland. "My dream is to see a resurrection of West Oakland's 7th Street,
Harlem of the West, where I grew up. I'm saddened Oakland youth have no knowledge of West Oakland as the cultural and economic district of North American Africans," says BAM organizer, planner Marvin X.
14th and Franklin, BAM artists/activists gather at Joyce Gordon's Gallery in honor of slain journalist Chauncey Bailey. Joye Gordon standing far right. photo Gene Hazzard/Adam Turner
14th and Franklin, Geoffrey's Inner Circle, building owned by Geoffrey Pete,
a North American African.
The building at Franklin and 14th Street, 405 14th, Suite 1215, is office of the Post News Group, Published by Paul Cobb. We demand the owners not evict the Post News Group from their BAM District location. Power to the People! We want to buy the building housing the Post. Let's make a deal!
14th and Alice, The Malonga Arts Center near the end of the Black Arts Movement District along the 14th Street Corridor.
14th and Alice is also where journalist Chauncey Bailey was slain. We demand a statue in his memory. Chauncey was a journalist in the BAM radical tradition. Alice Street should be renamed in honor of Black Arts Movement worker Michael Lange.
Mural of ancestor Michael Lange at 14th and Alice. Michael directed and performed at the Malonga Arts Center. Alice Street should be renamed in honor of Black Arts Movement worker Michael Lange.
FREE HUEY RALLY at Rene C. Davidson Alameda County Courthouse
Rene C. Davidson County Courthouse where the trials of Chauncey Bailey’s Murderer and Black Panther co-founder Huey Newton were conducted. Davidson was the first countywide elected Black official.
From the archives of the Oakland Post Newspaper
Friday, November 21, 2014
BAM Artists seek "Black Arts Movement District" in Oakland
Caption: Left to right, Amiri Baraka, chief visionary of the Black Arts Movement; Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party; theatre director Dr. Ayodele Nzinga; Ahi Baraka; and Marvin X at his Academy of da Corner at 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland. Man in background is NOI fan of Marvin X. Photo by Gene Hazzard.
Walking eastward toward Webster Street is the site of former Black owned Bank of Oakland, now owned by the Greenlining Institute.
The tour moves past the Club Caribee towards the Malonga Arts Center at 14th and Alice Streets, which is across the street from the site of the assassination of Post Editor Chauncey Bailey. At the end of the walking tours Marvin said they would visit the Rene C. Davidson County Courthouse where the trials of Bailey’s Murderer and Black Panther co-founder Huey Newton were conducted. Davidson was the first countywide elected Black official.
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To raise cultural, economic and political consciousness in Oakland CA.
That's why I created a petition to Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf which says:
"We demand the City of Oakland proclaim the Black Arts Movement Cultural and Business District along the 14th Street corridor, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Alice Street and beyond. It will be an Afro-centric sacred space for people of good will and positive consciousness to gather and express themselves freely as divine beings in human form. Gov. Brown recently signed legislation to establish cultural districts throughout California."
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