Black Liberation

Name: Black Liberation
Description: A community-led cultural asset map asserting resident voice and documenting Hoover-Foster / Hoover-Durant’s multigenerational Black history and culture.
City: Oakland, CA
Duration: 120 minutes
Distance: 1.6 miles
Guide: WOCAN
Mode: walking
Features: audio history 
Starts at: 2624 West St.

Black Spaces Matter. The Black Liberation Walking Tour (BLWT) is a community-led cultural asset map celebrating Hoover-Foster’s multi-generational Black history and culture. It asserts resident voices and documents sites of cultural and historical significance in the neighborhood. It celebrates belonging through the 100+ year narrative ribbon leading from the early West Coast civil rights movement through the second wave of the Great Migration to the Black Liberation actions of the present day.

A project of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network (WOCAN), the BLWT captures oral histories to document the lives, art, and culture of long-time residents, historical figures, and rapidly disappearing former Black cultural spaces. They are creating this archive to mitigate cultural erasure and physical displacement. They’re galvanizing a collaborative development effort grounded in claiming community and cultural spaces by working towards the reestablishment of the Hoover-Durant Public Library branch.

See the website of the Black Liberation Walking Tour for additional information.

Note: The estimates for time and distance do not include returning to the starting point.

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tour map

Note: markers are for tour stops, not necessarily on the point of interest
  1. St. Augustine's Episcopal Church 🎧
  2. Annette Miller 🎧
  3. Surrounded by Freeways 🎧
  4. Delilah Beasley 🎧
  5. C.L. Dellums 🎧
  6. M. Robinson Baker YMCA 🎧
  7. Black Liberation mural 🎧
  8. North Oakland Branch Library 🎧
  9. Flint's Bar-B-Q 🎧
  10. California Hotel 🎧