Civil Rights and its Aftermath

Morrie Turner

Morrie Turner was an American cartoonist famous for creating Wee Pals, a popular nationally syndicated comic strip that featured an integrated cast of ethnical...

Yuri Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama was born on May 19, 1921 and died on June 1, 2014. She was born in San Pedro, CA while she spent many of her later years in Oakland, CA as well ...

Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1943 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther ...

Pete Escovedo

Pete Escovedo was born on July 13, 1935 in Pittsburg, California. He is a Latin jazz percussionist and a painter who has been making music and painting since h...

Wendy Yoshimura

Wendy Yoshimura works in watercolor paintings and fine-art prints. She “paint the subtle moments when clear morning light illuminates flower petals, fruit, and...

Pharoah Sanders

Pharoah (Ferrell) Sanders was born on October 13, 1940 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Sanders is a world-renowned jazz saxophonist with a sound that ranges fro...

Ishmael Reed

Ishmael Reed was born on February 22, 1938 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reed is a poet, musician, novelist, playwright, publisher, artist, and more. Reed is acco...

Esther Mabry

Esther’s Orbit Room was a popular jazz club and hub during the Oakland cultural scene of the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. The club transitioned away from being ...

Tower of Power

Tower of Power is a soul and funk band that was formed in Oakland, CA in July 1968. Tower of Power currently has 10 members and has had at least 60 musicians t...
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