East Bay Yesterday

Exploring Oakland’s Golden Gate district with longtime residents and Commons Archive

North Oakland’s Golden Gate neighborhood has undergone a rapid demographic shift over the past decade as many longtime Black residents have moved out and wealthier, younger white people have moved in. The first segment of this episode features five stories that explore how folks are navigating these changes.

The second segment of this episode features cultural researcher Sue Mark, founder of Commons Archive. Sue discusses her efforts to preserve and celebrate local history and her partnership with the Golden Gate branch of the Oakland Public Library. To learn more about the “neighborhood memory bank” that Sue is building, visit: www.commonsarchive.net/

The woman featured in this episode’s art is Josephine Lee, who was born in Oakland on August 29, 1925. As you’ll hear in her interview, she is one of Oakland’s many Black residents who refuses to leave the town she loves. You can see more of Josephine Lee and the other residents featured in this video: vimeo.com/138672648

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