In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection. The films included footage shot by the documentary film collective Newsreel, an organization founded in New York City in 1968 by a group of radical filmmakers with collectives in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. California Newsreel produced three documentary films on the Black Panther Party, Off the Pig (1968), MayDay (1969), and Repression. The digitized films include outtakes and b-roll footage filmed at a Black Panther Party Free Huey (Newton) rally on May 1, 1969 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Francisco, California. The films
In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection.
For Black History Month AAMLO profiles the late Morrie Turner who broke the comic strip color barrier with his ground breaking Wee Pals.
By Marco Frazier Library Assistant,
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
This week marks the anniversary of legendary cartoonist Morrie Turners launch of Wee Pals. The son of a Pullman Porter, Morris Turner, was born in Oakland, California on December 11, 1923. A product of the Oakland schools system he attended Cole Elementary and McClymonds High School before completing his studies at Berkeley High School. Turner spent his entire career as the syndicated cartoonist of the WeePals, a multiethnic cartoon strip.
Early Experiment with Drawing
Turner began drawing at the age of 10 as a means of communication. With no TV, and paper from the local butcher shop, he would listen to shows and plays on the radio and draw what he heard. By age 14 he decided he wanted to be a cartoonist. His father was not happy with his desired profession as it was not
February is Black History Month! February is Black History Month! Celebrate, commemorate, have fun, and learn something new with your library.
Join AAMLO staff every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for a guided 45-minute tour - an introduction to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, including the permanent multi-media history exhibition, “Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990,” and the mural, “Journey of Promise.” Tours focus on AAMLO's history, architecture, and collections with an emphasis on the historical accomplishments and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West. All tours
Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.
Growing Up Oakland is a project entirely created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets. Seeing a need for an expansion of the Oakland narrative, they are retrieving and broadcasting stories of childhood in Oakland through poetry, interviews, and visual art.
Growing Up Oakland highlights the variety of experiences of childhood throughout the long life of the city by using both interviews from people who grew up across various decades and creative work by current Oakland youth. This is a memorial of how the experiences of Oakland and youth have both changed and stayed the same throughout time.
After interviewing a variety of people who have grown up in Oakland, the poets have been taking these interviews into Oakland schools and leading poetry workshops.
The first workshop was with an 11th grade class at Oakland Technical High School. Some of the poems born out of these workshops have transformed into tangible postcards that are currently being distributed around the
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland reflects on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his visits to the Bay Area
Martin Luther King Jr. standing with group of women at Bethel Baptist Church event in Oakland, California 1967
African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph Collection
After a one year hiatus, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland returns with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival. AAMLO has hosted the film festival for over 15 years to pay homage to the legendary slain civil rights leader. Dr. King was a civil rights activist who fought against policies that promoted racism and segregation through peaceful protests. This year’s
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The African American Museum and Library recognizes the celebration of Kwanzaa this holiday season.
What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday celebrated in the African American community. Kwanzaa, the name, is derived from the Swahili word Kwanza. Expressed as the phrase “Matunda ya Kwanza” it means first fruit. Founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa is based on seven principles known as the Nguzo Saba. The seven principles are:
Umoja, meaning unity
Kujichagulia, meaning self-determination
Ujima, meaning collective work and responsibility
Stick to your resolutions this 2019 with OPL!
It's that time of the year! Don't be too hard on yourself if you didn't accomplish all your goals in 2018, making resolutions and sticking to them is hard! Luckily, you have the library. We can help you accomplish all your goals, all year round, with free resources!
We gathered the resources and did the research for you, now all you have to do is make a plan and use your library!
Because achieving a healthier lifestyle is more than hitting the gym.
Remembering Slim Jenkins on the 85th anniversary of the opening of Slim Jenkins Cafe.
Today marks two momentous occasions in history. On December 5, 1933, 85 years ago today, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution became law in the United States. This Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages in the United States.
The repeal of prohibition was good news to entrepreneur Harold “Slim” Jenkins, a man that would become known as the unofficial Mayor of West Oakland. Jenkins became a prominent figure in the heart of the West Oakland community. Eighty-five years ago today, as a result of the end of prohibition, Jenkins opened the Slim Jenkins Cafe. He owned several successful businesses throughout West Oakland including a restaurant, night club, coffee shop and liquor store.
Seventh Street as a result of Slim Jenkins became a vibrant
Make your gifts at the library for free!
Want to surprise your loved ones with unique gifts without grabbing your wallet? Looking for opportunities to get crafty after reading about recommended crafting books in our collections? Don't care too much about gifting or the holidays but still want to have free fun while expressing yourself? From card-making to making jewelry, we've got you covered! Our programs are free and supplies are provided.
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