From October 8, 2016 to February 12, 2017, the Oakland Museum Of Califonia will display an exhibit in celebration of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense 50th Anniversary. For most Oakland natives this exhibit and era will bring back memories of an era in Oakland History.
For me, it reminds me of a time when Black Power and Black Pride held a place within the Oakland community. Where people came together for the uplifting of Black people and other people of color. For me it was a time when social programs were being created to support families within the community. For me it will remind me of a time when my father who dressed in Black Panther gear and made sure that the weekly publication of The Black Panther newspaper was always on his “man” stand.
I am proud to have grown up during this time in Oakland – the good, the bad, and the ugly. From receiving a oppressive hegemonic education within the Oakland Public School System, to the police brutality that plagued the Oakland streets, to the segregation, to the racism that continues today. I am glad that I had parents who introduced me to aspects of Black life that helped to shape and mold me to who I AM today!
“ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE.”
Cynthia D. Cornelius, TCXPI
MuseumCa.org: Social movement, political party, cultural influencer, government target, and Oakland-born—there are many ways to feel about the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, founded in October 1966. As the Black Panther Party celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, visit the exhibition All Power to the People for a contemporary view on the legacy of this visionary group, told from multiple perspectives. Rare historical artifacts, first person accounts, and new contemporary art show how the Party continues to inspire culture, activism, and community empowerment on local, national, and international levels.
Gain insights from former Black Panthers, artists, scholars, and community members about the Party—and how it continues to impact our lives and give meaning to the places around us. Examine a sweeping array of artifacts from OMCA’s collection and former Party members, along with never before seen photographs highlighting the everyday experiences and moments within the Party’s history. Uncover little-known aspects of this innovative group’s past in sections focusing on unheralded members of the movement such as women and rank and file, the Panthers’ revolutionary social programs, and how secret government programs led to the Party’s demise and influenced how it is remembered today. Throughout, consider why the Panthers remain controversial to some and inspirational to many, and how their political agenda continues to resonate with the social justice efforts today.
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On January 16, 2016, TCXPI Afrocentric Young Scholars Saturday School Program began its First Session, at Impact Hub Oakland. Eleven young scholars from community schools have enrolled in engaging awareness of African history and its many contributions made by African descendants to World and Human Civilization.
Held on Saturdays, TCXPI SSP brings Afrocentric Education to the Bay Area community, education that is not normally seen in our public school curriculum.
The Chinue X Project, Inc. (TCXPI) is the creation of Cynthia Chinue X Cornelius, MA.Ed. As an Oakland native, a product of the OPS, and mother to the same, Cynthia is all too familiar with the curriculum and how it has omitted, distorted and negated the many contributions made by people of African descent. She holds a Bachelors in Africana Studies, and a Masters in Equity and Social Justice in Education both from San Francisco State University. In 2011, she establish a 501(c)3 in Maryland as a vehicle to disseminate Black History Facts and to bring awareness to African and African American History. She has a following on Facebook and features a page that focuses soley on Daily African/Black History Facts entitled On This Day In TCXPI History. Cynthia believes that the time is now for our nation’s public school systems to become culturally relevant and inclusive in what is taught in schools.
TCXPI’s goal for 2016 is to hold FOUR FREE six-week sessions beginning the second Saturdays of the months of January, April, July, and October. Each session will include engaging African-centred or Afrocentric activities that will facilitate instruction to each scholar in the history of their heritage and culture.
To stay updated or to become a part of our program please contact Cynthia; to”Like and Join” our fb pages please visit: TCXPI Afrocentric Young Scholars Saturday School Program, Chinue X Rising, The Chinue X Project, Inc. (TCXPI), and I Love Oakland, CA. ILOC.
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson
We are halfway through our season at The Oakland Slam and the competition is getting fierce! Come and qualify for semi-finals early!
This month our gracious host, Awaken Cafe, will stay open til 11pm and feature special Oakland Slam drink and food specials!
***No outside food or beverages are allowed***
This month is an OPEN slam, with the top two competitors qualifying for our Semi-Finals in May. Sign up is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE, starting at 7:30 – come early, the list will fill quickly.
$7 for audience members, $5 for anyone performing, CASH ONLY at the door.
Show is 8pm – 11pm, and we pack the house! Get there early if you want a seat!
***NOTE – This is our ONLY event this month***
The Oakland Poetry Slam & Open Mic
Thursday, February 11th, 8pm – 11pm
1429 Broadway (at 15th St)
Please join us for the annual Indigenous Peoples’ Thanksgiving Sunrise Gathering on Alcatraz Island. Last year we had over 5,400 people on the rock for this event so please get your tickets early if you plan to join us this year!
Alcatraz Island * San Francisco * Ohlone Territory
Commemorating 523 years of Indigenous resistance, honoring our ancestors and future generations
Ohlone Welcome – Ann Marie Sayers , All Nations Drum, Pinoleville Youth Pomo Dancers
-Leonard “Lenny” Foster (Diné)
-Radley Davis (Pit River Nation)
-Faith Gemmill, (Pit River/ Wintu and Neets’aii Gwich’in)
-Wendsler Nosie Sr., Peridot district councilman and former chair of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and Caravan from Oak Flat Resistance Camp
-Māori Mo Ake Tonu –Maori Forever Performing Arts
Special performance by Nataanii means/Witko/MC Rhetorik
PIER 33 – TICKET OFFICE OPENS AT 4:00 AM, BOATS RUN TO ISLAND FROM 4:45-5:45 AM, TICKETS $14.00, CHILDREN UNDER 5 FREE
You will return to Pier 33 by 9:00 AM.
ADVANCE TICKETS: http://www.alcatrazcruises.com/website/sunrise-gathering.aspx
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE, Absolutely NO drugs or alcohol of any kind. Smoking only in designated areas. No sales permitted.
Simulcast on KPFA 94.1 FM and online at http//www.kpfa.org
For more information contact Morning Star Gali at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rochelle Diver at (415) 641-4482 or email@example.com