Black Liberation – celebration

Black Spaces Matter. The Black Liberation Walking Tour is a community-led cultural asset map asserting resident voice and documenting Hoover Durant’s multigenerational Black history and culture. We celebrate belonging through the 100+ year narrative ribbon that leads from the early West Coast civil rights movement through the Great Migration and Black Power movements, to the …

California Hotel

Few buildings reflect the past century of Oakland’s ever-shifting culture better than the California Hotel. When it opened in 1930, the hotel was intended to serve travelers arriving to the East Bay on the Santa Fe Railroad, which operated a thriving depot a few blocks north at the intersection of San Pablo Ave. and 40th …

Delilah Beasley

One of the goals of this walking tour is to preserve Black history. Sadly, many stories of California’s earliest African-American residents have already been lost. For many years, mainstream history books ignored the contributions of Black cowboys, miners, and settlers, leaving an unfillable gap in the collective memory. This gap would have been much bigger …

Surrounded by Freeways

If you look at a map of West Oakland, you’ll see that the entire area is boxed in by freeways. Where you are standing right now is a perfect example of why these structures have been so harmful to the people who live here.  The first thing you’ll notice is noise — imagine living next …