Joshua Rose was Oakland's first African American city councilman.
Fannie Wall Children's Home and Day Nursery, an orphanage and daycare center, established in 1918 by African-American clubwomen in West Oakland,
During the later part of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th black women in Oakland established clubs and institutions to address the growing demands of the black community.
Phil R Springer The Pullman Porters and West Oakland Phillip Richard Springer (1874-1952) was the first black man in Oakland to own a taxicab. He was born in Barbados, in the British West Indies and left home at age 16. At first he operated under a jitney permit in Oakland, but he later had the... Continue Reading →
She was the daughter of a freed slave, the first Negro to attend an integrated Oakland public school in 1872, and went on to become a leader of the women's suffrage movement in 1918.
Harold "Slim" Jenkins was an African American entrepreneur and owner of the renowned Slim Jenkins Supper Club on 7th Street in West Oakland. Exterior entrance of Slim Jenkins nightclub and coffee shop. E. F. Joseph Photograph Collection Liquor Store and Market SF Examiner Slim Jenkins saw the economic opportunity in the business district and opened a liquor store... Continue Reading →
Saundra graduated from Fresno College with a degree in sociology. She always had her eyes set on working with juveniles and looked into law enforcement as a possible field. She applied to OPD immediately after her June 1969 graduation. No opening existed.
The Stephen's Family a successful African American family in Oakland. They owned a successful restaurant. Virginia, their daughter was the first African American woman to receive a law degree from University of California Boalt School of Law in 1929.
Royal Edward Towns (February 10, 1899–July 23, 1990) was one of the first African American firefighters in Oakland . He was born in Oakland in 1899
Audrey Lucinda Robinson - 1915-2008 Audrey Robinson was the first African American teacher at Thornhill Elementary School in Oakland, Ca. Thornhill School 1966-1967 Early Years Audrey Lucinda Robinson was the daughter of Charles Nelson and Maude Gibson. She was born in 1915 in Oakland. She attended Peralta School and graduated from Claremont in 1930 and... Continue Reading →