Demographics of New York

                               White          Black       Native American      Asian          Hispanic

Total Population  36.09          29.08                  0.06                 15.06              20.02



  1. Oakland is the eighth-largest city in the U.S. state of California, and a major West Coast port city, located on San Francisco Bay about eight miles east of the City of San Francisco. Oakland is the 44th-largest city in the US with a population of 446,901.

  2. According to the 2000 U.S. census, Oakland is the second most ethnically diverse city in Alameda County, with many languages spoken.

  3. During the late 1980s and 1990s, Oakland featured prominently in rap music, as the hometown for such artists as MC Hammer, Digital Underground, Hieroglyphics (including Souls of Mischief and Del tha Funkee Homosapien), The Luniz, and Too Short. 

  4. Outside of the rap genre, Grammy-award winning artists such as En Vogue, Tony! Toni! Tone!, and Billie Joe Armstrong of the trio Green Day also emerged from Oakland.

  5. Oakland is home to a world-class jazz venue, Yoshi's, near Jack London Square. Jack London Square is a nighttime destination because of its movie theaters, restaurants, and clubs.

  6. Downtown Oakland has an assortment of bars and nightclubs. They range from punk-rock makeovers of dive bars, such as The Stork Club and the Ruby Room, to modern bistros and dance clubs, such as Luka's Taproom and Lounge, @17th, Pat's bar, Roy's 19th Street Station, The Uptown, and The Oasis, to hipster spots such as Radio, Geoffreys, Karribean City, and art and jazz bar Cafe van Kleef.

  7. During the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, Oakland suffered many deaths and injuries, as well as significant property damage.

  8. The Oakland Unified School District (2006–2007) includes 59 elementary schools, 23 middle schools, 19 high schools, with 9 alternative education schools and programs.

  9. In sports, the Oakland Athletics MLB club won three World Series in a row (1972, 1973, and 1974); the Golden State Warriors won the 1974–1975 NBA championship; and the Oakland Raiders of the NFL won Super Bowl XI in 1977.

Radio Stations

KPFB 89.3 FM Berkeley, CA Variety 
KPOO 89.5 FM San Francisco, CA Variety 
K216FV (KCSM) 91.1 FM Concord, CA Jazz 
KCSM 91.1 FM San Mateo, CA College of San Mateo Jazz 
KREV 92.7 FM Alameda, CA Top-40 
KYLD 94.9 FM San Francisco, CA Hip Hop 
KBWF 95.7 FM San Francisco, CA Sports 
KISQ 98.1 FM San Francisco, CA Urban Contemporary 
KMVQ 99.7 FM San Francisco, CA Top-40 
KBLX 102.9 FM Berkeley, CA Urban Contemporary 
KMEL 106.1 FM San Francisco, CA Hip Hop 
KSFO 560 AM San Francisco, CA News/Talk 

A Touch of History

Oakland California


Founded in 1820, Oakland was the Pacific terminus of the first transcontinental railroad. African Americans settled in West Oakland at that time and more after the Gold Rush of 1849


1. Alligator Lounge - Category: Entertainment - 600 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 809-4440

2. BAM Café - The gospel music version of the Hard Rock Café. - 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (718) 623-7811 

3. Barbes - 376 9th St, Brooklyn, NY (347) 422-0248

4. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill - Upscale - Southern cuisine - 237 West 42ndStreet, New York, NY (212) 997-4144 

5. Beco - Delicious brunch - 45 Richardson St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 599-1645.

6. Birdland - The Jazz Corner of the World! - 315 West 44th Street, New York,NY (212) 581-3080 

7. Blue Note Jazz Club - One of the premier jazz clubs in the world. - 131 W 3rd St, New York, NY (212) 475-8592 

8. Brooklyn Ice House - - 318 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY (718) 222-1865

9. Gospel Uptown - 2110 Seventh Avenue New York, NY (212) 280-2110.

10. Linger Café & Lounge - 533 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (347) 689-4813

11. Showman’s Lounge - Blues, R&B and Jazz. - 375 West Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd New York, NY (212) 864-894112. St. Nick's Jazz Pub - Blowing hard throughout the night - 773 149th Street,

New York, NY (212) 283-9728

13. The Cotton Club - Swing and Gospel - 656 West Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, New York, NY (212) 663-7980

14. 55 Bar - Category: Entertainment - 55 Christopher St, New York, NY (718) 965-9177





1.Art & Soul Oakland -   14th and Broadway in Downtown Oakland (August - 3 day event) - (510) 238-2933  - email: artandsoul@oaklandnet.com -(visit website)

Live rock, blues, jazz, gospel and more on five concert stages. 


2.Oakland Jazz Festival -   This event will be held at the Dunsmuir Hellmon Historic Estates every July  -(visit website)

3.Bay Area Black Expo -Jul 2017- The 24th Annual Bay Area Black Expo will take place at 1 Frank H.Ogawa Plaza in Oakland on Saturday, July 25th from 11am – 6pm. Known as one of the Bay Area’s largest African American, Multi-ethnic events of the year, this one day show serves as a platform where retail businesses, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, food vendors, religious, health, and social service agencies can provide resources and information for the community. Children can enjoy the Kiddie corner while adults and teens have fun shopping, and talking with expo vendors. Watch talented local and national artist as they take the stage to perform during the Show. Garage Parking and admission are free. Exhibit opportunities still available!


Bay Area Black Expo, LLC

Address:PO Box 2088 – Martinez, CA 94553
Phone:(510) 473-7759 
Fax:(510) 550-2606



4.Art + Soul Oakland-The Art + Soul Oakland in downtown Oakland, California, is an annual celebration of artistic performance and creativity that brings the community together. The two-day engagement features four stages of live music by buzz-worthy homegrown talent, gospel choirs and area dance troupes as well as a barbecue contest boasting pit masters from all over the state, aerial acrobatics, art displays, adult libations and more.

Dates:Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017    Noon to 6pm

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017    Noon to 6pm

Admission Prices : $12 Adults, $7 Seniors (65+) & Youth (13-17), 12 & under free.


5.ABBDA Festival of Black Dolls-Nov 2017-The American Black Beauty Doll Artists' annual Festival of Black Dolls in Oakland, California, is a cultural celebration that showcases the craft of doll making. The one-day collectibles event features the handiwork of local doll makers and shines a spotlight on African American dolls. Raffles and workshops on how to make dolls are among the additional attractions.

6.Festival of Praise Tour-Oct 2017-The Festival of Praise recognizes African-American talent including Grammy and BET award-winning artists. A stellar lineup of musicians, comedians and more headed by Gospel’s Fred Hammond will hit the road to share their talents and their love for the big guy upstairs. You’ll shoot enormous praises to the sky when you learn that attending this festival is part of God’s plan.

Check back with us for confirmed dates and time.









7.Oakland Music Festival-Sep 2017-The Oakland Music Festival showcases the city’s unique vibe and dynamic music scene while encouraging creativity within the community. OMF boasts a diverse lineup of music, featuring artists in the genres of hip hop, rock, alternative, electronic and world music, and there are also street artists creating new works as well as tasty selections from the area’s best eateries, breweries and distilleries.


Address: 22nd and Franklin Street S, Oakland, CA, 94612,



Founded in 1965, the museum is dedicated to discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations; features 160 collections in the archives of prominent families, pioneers, churches, social, political organizations and newspapers are available on microfilm; AAMLO’s oral history collection researchers help you listen to interviews with local civil rights activists, educators, writers, and musicians; also home to the Eternal Voices video library containing more than 80 years of African American East Bay history; has a rapidly filling calendar of book lectures by nationally recognized authors


Address: 659 14th St, Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: (510) 637-0200


Monday            Closed

Tuesday            12PM–5:30PM

Wednesday      12PM–5:30PM

Thursday          12PM–5:30PM

Friday                12PM–5:30PM

Saturday           12PM–5:30PM

Sunday              Closed



Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
Commemorates achievements of the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense’s role in the Civil Rights Movement beginning in 1966; the Panthers’ legacy includes monitoring, protesting in an organized manner, and reducing police brutality; broadening their organizational skills, the Panthers initiated free breakfast for children and free medical service programs in the 1960’s that have been copied nationwide; knowing that fundamental change had to occur in the public infrastructure, the Panthers engineered the largest voter turnout in Oakland history to elect the city’s first African American mayor, Lionel Wilson, and other public officials; unlike several misrepresentations by Hoover’s FBI and the mass media, the Panthers never had a mission or objectives to increase white hatred – quite the opposite, they welcomed members of all races who supported efforts to uplift love, well-being and justice of Black people; as such, all Americans can celebrate the Panthers contribution towards increased respect and understanding between races.

Admission: Donations welcome
Days & Hours: Appt only
Address: 1442A Walnut Street, Suite 112, Oakland, CA MAP
Rapid Transit: None
Parking: On street
Phone: None
Website: http://blackpanther.org

Black Repertory Group
It was founded in 1964 by Nora Vaughn as a Drama Program for Downs Memorial United Methodist Church. In 1967, success allowed the Black Repertory Group to broaden it’s scope of plays and separate from the church. In 1987, the permanent home of the Black Repertory Group was opened. Today, one sees plays by Langston Hughes, August Wilson and other major playwrights. Bay Area celebrity actors frequently perform as well.

BOX OFFICE: Event-driven
ADDRESS: 3201 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA MAP
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 510-652-2120
WEBSITE: http://www.blackrepertorygroup.com


  1. Acts Full Gospel Church -   1034 66th Avenue - Oakland, CA 94621 - (510) 567-1300 - (visit website)

  2. Allen Temple Baptist Church -   8501 International Blvd. - Oakland, CA 94621 (510) 544-8923 - (visit website)

  3. Calvary Temple COGIC -   1000 - 32nd Avenue - Oakland, CA 94621 - (510) 632-0694 

  4. Center of Hope Community Church -   8411 MacArthur Blvd. - Oakland, CA 94605 (510) 633-5133 

  5. East Oakland Church of God in Christ -   2530 - 90th Avenue - Oakland, CA 94605 (510) 568-5021

  6. Evergreen Baptist Church -   Bishop Frank Pinkard Sr. - 408 West MacArthur Blvd. - Oakland, Ca 94609 -email: voiceofevergreen@sbcglobal.net(visit website)

  7. Faith Healing Prayer Deliverance Christian Center -   833 West Grand Ave. - Oakland, Ca 94607 - (visit website)

Oakland Art and Soul Festival

Oakland Music Festival

Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
This wonderful restored beaux arts building is home to a multi-cultural performing arts complex. It includes a 400-seat theater and five smaller performance spaces that showcase Afrocentric drama, plus African and contemporary dance. You can learn African, Caribbean and Brazilian dances from resident companies such as Xalt, Dimensions Dance Theater, Moving On Center, and DiamonoCoura.

Admission: Varies depending on event

Days & Hours: Varies depending on event

Address: 1428 Alice Street, Oakland, CA MAP

Rapid Transit:  BART 12th Street/Center Station 

Parking:  plenty of lots spaces and on street nearby


Website: http://mccatheater.com

Museum of African American Technology Science Village

MAAT features small, but captivating exhibits that promote science education and awareness to youth and adults using principles of Ma’at. The Science Village is involved in the collaborative effort with the Department of Energy, National Laboratories of Berkeley, Pacific Gas & Electric, and various photovoltaic equipment manufacturers to address the critical issues surrounding electric energy in California.

ADMISSION: Donations accepted
DAYS & HOURS: Sat 12-6p, Sun 2-6p, but call before visiting
ADDRESS: 630 20th Street, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: BART 19th Street Station
PARKING: On street
PHONE: 510-893-6426
WEBSITE: http://www.ncalifblackengineers.org

Oakland Cultural Sites

Okland History

Founded in 1820, Oakland is nearly as old as its better known sibling across the bay. If also has a fascinating, though less publicized history for people of color.

Founded in 1820, Oakland was the Pacific terminus of the first transcontinental railroad and held its position as the most important rail terminus for nearly 100 years. Small numbers of African Americans first settled in West Oakland at that time and even more so after the gold Rush of 1849, looking for a better life. Though they benefited from much improved living conditions compared to the South, they did not escape discrimination. African-Americans were banned from most trades, better government jobs and unfettered access to housing. As in San Francisco, such practices set the stage for a persistent black underclass in the region..

As America became a manufacturing power, Oakland’s train terminus at the port allowed it to develop as a major cargo exporter. Yet by 1940, only 16,000 African-Americans lived in the Bay Area, and most of those lived in San Francisco. The population mix changed dramatically as a result of World War II. Anglo-American worker shortage at Bay Area naval shipyards and the federal government finally opening those jobs to African Americans drew immigrants from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas to settle primarily in Oakland and Richmond. Huge numbers of Mexican and Asian immigrants came after the war.

By the 1950’s, a booming Black cultural district developed in West Oakland, while middle class African Americans began moving into East Oakland. At that time, McClymonds was essentially a Black high school. Black-owned restaurants, nightclubs and small businesses lined 7th street before its exact path was snatched away to become the city’s backbone freeway and the BART transit system. Though the city built a major postal center in its place, the district never restored its Black entrepreneurial class lost for the sake of regional progress.

As the African American population in San Francisco decreased in the early 1970s, San Francisco’s loss became Oakland’s population gain. Oakland became the Black cultural nexus in the Bay Area and seems comfortable with that role as African-Americans became the largest ethnic group in the city. It elected Lionel Wilson as its first Black mayor, then years later, Elihu Harris as its second. Although both mayors expanded opportunity for all people of all color, natural forces, bad politics and bad luck tainted the Elihu Harris legacy.

The huge 1989 Earthquake leveled a critical portion of Oakland’s backbone freeway, Interstate 880. The impact of its devastation can’t be understated, since I-880 was the main artery between Oakland’s cargo port, Jack London Square, Downtown and San Francisco. Furthermore, the quake severely damaged older downtown buildings, forcing many otherwise thriving businesses to shutter. Though under-reported, the loss of city tax revenue and reduced transportation convenience short-circuited many city and state plans to redevelop a cultural and shopping core in West Oakland. These were massive body blows to be sure.

A victim of the weak mayor/strong city mangers governmental structure, public officials mismanaged the Oakland Raiders Football team return, while under-funding public schools. Mayor Harris was the easiest public figure to blame, though he did not play a part in the bungling. But he did lack the political leverage to “deliver more of the goods” from the $2 billion freeway reconstruction project. Only 1% of the Interstate 880 freeway reconstruction jobs went to West Oaklanders, the area most devastated by the 1989 earthquake and most chronically unemployed. Lastly, Harris must have had bad Karma, since the “Ebonics” public relations fiasco during his administration did not help the city’s image either.

By the late 1990s, most Oakland voters were ready for a change, any change. Enter enigmatic former-governor and radio talk show host, Jerry Brown became mayor before moving on to governor again. He received mixed reviews from the community, but was been good or lucky at reviving downtown business. Under his watch more companies, state and federal government offices, the University of California headquarters, and many retail shops opened downtown. More hotel space appeared and Jack London Square is healthier than ever, sans the iconic Barnes & Noble.

Oakland International Airport has expanded, leading to massive airport area redevelopment. The city now has reclaimed a healthy national image for business, residence and tourism.

Okland History

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Oakland Tribune Tower
Home of the first major metropolitan newspaper owned by an African American, the late Robert Maynard, who was also Editor in Chief; the building is dramatically lit at night and stands out amongst the Oakland skyline.

ADDRESS: 1200 Broadway, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 12th Street/City Center BART Station

Ronald Dellums Federal Building
Twin dramatic skyscrapers puncture the Oakland skyline much as the man, Ronald Dellums, pushed through legislation in 25+ years as a distinguished former US Congressman.

ADDRESS: 1301 Clay Street, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: 12th Street/City Center BART Station

C. L. Dellums Oakland Amtrak Station
A striking modern train station honoring C L Dellums, co-founder of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters in 1925; at that time railroad workers were nearly one third of documented African American wage earners.

ADDRESS: Embarcadero at Jack London Village, Oakland, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: Lake Merritt BART Station

Black Panther Party’s First Office
Although Huey Newton and Bobby Seale wrote the party’s founding principles on 15 October 1966 at 5500 Market Street, the first office of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was here; the founding principles called for adequate housing, jobs, education, and end to police brutality; its fitting that the building is a source of jobs in its

renovated role — Its All Good Bakery.

ADDRESS: 5624 Martin Luther King Way, Oakland, CA MAP

Black Panther Party Stoplight
As David Hilliard of the Black Panther Party attests, many children had previously been killed or injured in traffic accidents at this intersection; many requests by the public for a stoplight were ignored, in 1967, the Black Panther Party exerted enough pressure on City Hall to finally get a stop light installed.

ADDRESS: 55th Street at Market Street, Oakland, CA MAP

McClymonds High School
It was “the school” when African-Americans were restricted from attending other high schools in the East Bay. The long list of famous alumni include Bill Russell and the Pointer Sisters. The structure is still maintained and in use as a high school.

ADDRESS: 26th Street at Myrtle Street, Oakland, CA MAP

DeFremery Park
A historic, well maintained park and community center; the venue for many Black Panther Party of Self Defense community outreach programs, rallies for jobs and against police brutality; includes tennis and basketball courts and a playground

ADDRESS: 18th Street at Adeline Street, Oakland, CA MAP

First AME Church
A congregation of more than 800; founded in 1858 and established the first school for African Americans in the East Bay; youth and job placement programs; FAME moved to this distinguished building in 1954.

ADDRESS: 530 37th Street, Oakland, CA MAP
PHONE: 510-655-1527
WEBSITE: http://www.fameoakland.org

Allen Temple Baptist Church
Founded 1919; Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. leads this 6,000 member congregation and nationally acclaimed church, noted for providing substantial elderly housing and economic development in the community; its recently completed Family Life Center hosts a credit union and ministries for AIDS patients, youth outreach, crisis prevention, as well as a basketball court, social events, fashion shows, marriage counseling and much more; you’ll love the stained galls window and choir; stop by and be blessed.

ADDRESS: 8501 International Blvd, Oakland, CA MAP
PHONE: 510-569-9418

Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ
An anointed church doing great things with and for its growing congregation that enjoys a North and South Campus within walking distance of each other.

SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a, 11:30a & 6p
ADDRESS: 27689 Tyrrell Avenue, Hayward, CA MAP
RAPID TRANSIT: South Hayward BART Station
PHONE: 510-783-9377
WEBSITE: http://www.gladtidingscogic.org



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