Please join our next community meeting for a fireside chat with Eddy Zheng of New Breath Foundation on April 29th from 7 pm-8:15 pm. This conversation is an extension of our discussion with Dr. Shakti Butler about how a better understanding of privilege can be used to build community.
PADC condemns the latest incidents of anti-Asian hate in the San Francisco Bay and across the United States. We call on the Piedmont Unified School District and the Piedmont community to acknowledge and support its Asian American and Pacific Islander students, teachers, staff and community members. Language such as the “China virus” and “kung flu” is mean, harmful, inappropriate, and should not be tolerated at school or in our community. This kind of rhetoric has led to increased xenophobia, harassment and violence against Asian Americans. In addition to the recent attacks in Oakland and San Francisco, Stop AAPI Hate recorded more than 2,800 incidents of anti-Asian discrimination across the United States, including the bullying of children.
PADC also applauds the recent show of solidarity among Asian, Black and Latinx communities. Please join us in a unified response to anti-Asian violence. PADC aims to work for an inclusive Piedmont community for all through activism and connection, grounded in the principles of anti-racism. Ways to get involved: Attend a meeting, join a working group, apply for a PADC grant.
Below are links to recent relevant articles and resources, which were compiled by the Asian American Journalists Association’s San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. Please help us amplify these by sharing within your networks.
The Washington Post’s look at Asian American students and the reopening of schools:
As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms
Oaklandside’s nuanced two-part series on anti-Asian violence in Oakland Chinatown:
Crime, race, safety: what’s really happening in Oakland Chinatown?
Rising crime, calls for solidarity: a deeper look at what’s happening in Chinatown
San Francisco Chronicle’s columnist Justin Phillips:
Our Asian neighbors are suffering. We need to listen to them
USA Today’s series on the Covid-19’s inequitable impact on marginalized communities:
Asian Americans in San Francisco are dying at alarming rates from COVID-19: Racism is to blame
Especially helpful for teachers (a video series for classroom teachers and caregivers who teach):
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s We Are Not a Stereotype: Breaking Down Asian Pacific American Bias
Additional research on Covid-19 and anti-Asian discrimination:
Stand against anti-Asian racial discrimination during COVID-19: A call for action
Asian American Advancing Justice’s compilation of resources, reading lists, and more on anti-racism and anti-Blackness for the Asian American community:
Resources for the Asian American Community on Anti-Blackness
HOW TO HELP
Donate and report hate incidents/hate crimes to Stop AAPI Hate.
Not only does reporting raise awareness and helps track trends, it also drives legislative change.
Donate and follow for updates on the latest fundraisers and collaborations: Save Our Chinatowns
Donate or fund a lunch through Good Good Eatz, a collaboration of Oakland food and markets from Chinatown, Old Oakland, Eastlake, Fruitvale and the new Black Cultural Zone. Shop their Asian-Black-Unity merchandise, a cultural collaboration between Miss Tarika, first female Black Panther Party member and Tommy Wong of Good Good Eatz and Civic Design Studio.
Donate to Feed + Fuel Chinatown, Chinatown Community Development Center’s collaboration to feed Chinatown Single Room Occupancy residents through meals provided by Chinatown-based restaurants
“Racial Equity Through Social Change”- an Evening Workshop with Shakti Butler on Thursday, February 18, 2021 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
You may order some delicious food for your family's MLK Day Celebration or for Inauguration day from Robert Dorsey Catering and Events. Any online purchase made using coupon code MLK21 now through the end of the month will benefit PADC. https://chefrobertdorsey.com/meals-to-go/
https://procore.zoom.us/j/99311564624Martin Luther King’s “Where Do We Go from Here” speech challenges us to look at the big picture when it comes to racial and economic justice. To see beyond what is immediately within view and identify root causes. “We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace,” King said. “But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
Reimagining a society shaped at the intersection of power, love and justice is the focus of Piedmont’s 24th annual MLK Day Celebration. More than 50 years later, King’s exhaustive list of challenges to be dissatisfied with in America—insular wealth and desperate poverty, inadequate housing, segregated schools, to name a few—still exist today. Each of us has the power to step up and take action to create change. “[T]here is a creative force in this universe working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows.” We are the power.
This year’s program, co-sponsored by PADC and the City of Piedmont, will feature stirring performances by traditional Native American flutist Vince Redhouse and Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Speakers will include Congresswoman Barbara Lee; Stanford Professor and King Institute Director Clayborne Carson; filmmaker and World Trust Founder Shakti Butler, Piedmont Vice Mayor Tim Rood, and California State Senator Nancy Skinner.
Donations to PADC are welcome and are collected through PayPal here. Proceeds from this event will benefit racial equity efforts at PUSD.
And new to the celebration this year are community education workshops! In partnership with local organizations, and PHS/MHS students and alums, PADC is co-sponsoring a series of engaging and participatory workshops. You are invited to attend any or all of these discussions. Zoom or registration links are below:
Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign presents:
“Nice White Parents: A Podcast Community Discussion”
Join us for a book club-type discussion based on the NYT podcast to glean lessons learned and spark insights that we can apply to Piedmont Schools. We recommend you listen to at least one episode in the five-part series ahead of time to maximize your engagement and experience in our discussion. We will think together about these big-idea questions from the podcast creators, with an eye toward our Piedmont Schools: What should be the goal of public education, and why? What does it mean for schools to be truly integrated? Who benefits from integration, and in what ways? Why do you think every child in the United States does not have access to a quality education? What can we do to change that inequality?
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
For more information and a link to RSVP, click here.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83180755288#success
Piedmont for Oakland Public Schools (POPS) presents:
“Is Segregation Still Alive in Schools?”
During the event, we will break down the story told during the podcast to discuss racial segregation in U.S. education. We will supplement the discussion with excerpts from Coretta Scott King to honor her work and pose further questions about educational equity. To prepare the event, we are asking everyone to listen to part one of a podcast from “This American Life.”
2 pm to 3 pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ucla.zoom.us/j/98013263305
PHS / MHS Black Student Union (BSU) presents:
“Black Youth: Reflections on the Legacy of Dr. King”
A brief video in which members of the BSU address current events and MLK Day will be followed by a conversation on the way forward.
3 pm to 4 pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6318924240
Podcast Host Aksumawi Turner (PHS 2009) presents:
“Perspectives on Power and Love: An MLK Roundtable”
In his speech “Where Do We Go From Here,” Dr. King notes that “power without love is reckless and abusive and love without power is sentimental and anemic.” Measured balance between the two are the foundation for meaningful change. Our panel talks about what this means today.
5 pm to 6 pm
Join Zoom Meeting: https://procore.zoom.us/j.99311564624
Recording of event:
Panel Discussion- Coloring Outside the (Red) Lines: The Impact of Racial Segregation on Piedmont Schools and Where We Take it From Here on 10/21 @ 7-8:15 pm
Coloring Outside the (Red) Lines:
The Impact of Racial Segregation on Piedmont Schools
and Where We Take It From Here
Wednesday, October 21st, 2020, 7-8:15 pm
A panel discussion organized by the
Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign and
Co-sponsored by the Piedmont Anti-Racism and Diversity
Committee and the Piedmont Education Speaker Series
For more information:
Register Here, Free admission
Racial Segregation and Housing in Piedmont: How Did We Get Here? What Can We Do About It? A panel discussion on 9/24 @ 7-8:30 pm
Racial Segregation and Housing in Piedmont:
How Did We Get Here? What Can We Do About It?
A panel discussion organized by the Piedmont Racial Equity Campaign
Cosponsored by Piedmont Anti-Racism and Diversity Committee and League of Women Voters of Piedmont
Thursday, September 24, 2020, 7-8:30 pm on Zoom
As part of the ongoing struggle to achieve racial equity and justice, integrating and diversifying our neighborhoods are essential tasks. A recent UC Berkeley report on Racial Segregation in the SF Bay Area demonstrates that residential segregation is alive and well in the Bay Area. How did we get here? What can we do about it? Join us for a Zoom panel addressing the history of racial segregation and housing in Piedmont, and steps that our city can take to achieve a more equitable future.
Executive Director, East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO). EBHO is the leading advocacy coalition promoting affordable housing in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Associate Professor, California College of the Arts, and co-editor, Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present
I. Donald Terner Distinguished Professor in Affordable Housing and Urban Policy, UC Berkeley, and Director of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Former Federal Housing Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama
Moderated by Sarah Karlinsky, Senior Policy Advisor, SPUR (the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association)
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Piedmont Police Chief Jeremy Bowers wrote a letter to the community noting his grief about George Floyd's death and disgust for the role officers from the Minneapolis PD played in the tragedy. As each of us takes time to process feelings of sadness, anger, fear and loss, it is of some comfort that our public officials are speaking up and leading the way. Here's the full text of Chief Bowers' letter:
The death of George Floyd at the hands of four officers of the Minneapolis Police Department has left me saddened for Floyd’s family, disgusted by the actions and inactions of the involved officers, and compelled to communicate to our community about how your police department is viewing this affront to justice.
In the days that have followed I have had conversations with various staff that have started with, “Have you seen the video of what the Minneapolis police officers did to that man?” In each case the response has been strikingly consistent and made up of revulsion and a feeling of dishonor for how this latest act subverts police community relations in general as well as specific concern for how it may affect some in our own community.
I can tell the community that all of our officers participate in rigorous training on appropriate use of force and we have policies and procedures designed and implemented to prevent the exact kind of horrific event that occurred in Minneapolis and has occurred elsewhere in this country. While training, policies and procedure are important, what is most salient is humanity, sanctity of life, and the duty for an officer to intercede. These are the discussions we are having during our Department briefings. The Piedmont Police Department is taking this horrible event, as we have with past events, to have hard conversations, look inwardly and continue our commitment to the prevention of such acts here.
I value accessibility to the community and even in our current times we have found ways to connect as a community. Should someone have the desire to talk about this most recent tragedy in Minneapolis, or the larger issues it represents, please reach out to me.
Chief of Police
interGeneration400-a celebration of #BlackLives and Black history on 2/1 @ 8am-6pm in the César E. Chávez Student Center
Breathe. Remember. Live., a commemorative celebration of #BlackLives and Black history, scheduled for Saturday, February 1st, from 8 am to 6 pm in the César E. Chávez Student Center. Joining the national conversation inspired by the 400 Years of African-American History Commission Act, our event brings together kinfolk from across generations and backgrounds to discuss the legacy of American slavery, honor Black ingenuity and resilience, and celebrate our shared humanity.
In his book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. writes, "Are we more concerned with the size, power and wealth of our society or with creating a more just society? The failure to pursue justice is not only moral default...To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." Dr. Martin Luther King's words are as relevant today as they were fifty years ago. In a world abundant in riches and resources, the disparity in racial, social, and economic justice continues to permeate every facet of society. This year we bring focus to Dr. King's vision for equity.
Join us in this year's celebration which includes inspirational performances by Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company, and Oaktown Jazz Workshops. Comments will be made by the Honorable Barbara Lee, U.S. Representative for California's 13th District; and David Lai from the King Institute at Stanford University.
Piedmont Veteran's Memorial Building
401 Highland Ave, Piedmont CA 94611
Each year, we award grants to teachers, staff, and high school students of the Piedmont Unified School District for projects that advance the mission of the PADC. In 2019-20, PADC awarded $ 6355 in grants from money that was generated through fundraising and generous donations from community supporters. We are enthusiastic about all of the great work being done across the PUSD schools! These are the projects and events that received funding this year:
"How to Meme Responsibly"-a parent education night on 11/12 @ 7-8:30 in the Piedmont Middle School Multi-Purpose Room
You are invited to the annual PADC Fall Happy Hour!
Friday, October 18th from 6:00-8:30 PM at Arthur Mac's Tap and Snack
4006 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
Come meet PADC leaders and members, neighbors, and friends to hear about what we do in the community and for our schools. Wine and snacks will be provided. Let us know if you’ll be attending this free community event with this RSVP link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/padc-fall-2019-happy-hour-1018…
Share with friends and family-the more the merrier! Hope to see you there!
Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960's-1980's rattled the once quiet streets during the community's shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change.
Chinatown Rising is playing at the Piedmont Theater Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets and details can be found at: chinatownrising.com/screenings. The screening follows with a Q and A session with Co-Directors/Co-Producers Harry Chuck and Josh Chuck.
Congratulations to the following PADC 2018-2019 grant recipients!
Each year, we award grants to teachers, staff, and high school students of the Piedmont Unified School District for projects that advance the mission of the PADC. In 2018-19, PADC awarded over $ 7,700 in grants from money that was generated through fundraising and generous donations from community supporters. These are the projects and events that received funding this year:
We encourage innovative approaches that engage students in interactive projects and welcome projects with the potential for long-term impact on large segments of students and our community. We also invite high school students to work jointly with teachers and administrative staff for submitting grant applications. Those interested in applying should complete the application form online at the link below, or submit a pdf version of your application to the grants coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7, 2019
Dear Police Chief Bowers, Superintendent Booker, and members of the School Board and City Council,
A number of PADC representatives were able to attend the school board/city council meeting on April 22nd where the updated Tobacco Cessation Grant was presented. We feel that there are several aspects to this modified grant that more fully incorporate the concerns expressed by many members of the Piedmont community. Specifically, the updated grant application now includes:
In terms of next steps, several community members (including some PADC members) have indicated that they would appreciate being a part of the implementation/evaluation of the program, and thus we are requesting that community members be an active part of this process. The community’s interest and deep concern around this program should be addressed by providing some clear and concrete mechanism for community oversight and feedback over the 3 years of the grant, providing necessary transparency.
Overall, we appreciate that the School Board considered the concerns of the community, and that Chief Bowers and Superintendent Booker worked to incorporate these concerns into a plan that is more likely to achieve intended outcomes. We look forward to continuing to partner with the city and the schools to make sure our schools and community provide a safe and inclusive environment and a transparent process.
David Gard PADC Co-President
Tonda Case PADC Co-President
PADC Executive Board
UPDATE: Event cancelled due to extenuating circumstances- Free Unity in Community Festival on 5/5 @ 12-2:30 pm @ Havens Field
The Millennium and Piedmont High schools, in partnership with PADC, are pleased to present the Unity in Community Festival on Sunday, May 5, from 12-2:30 pm at Havens Field. This student led event, which promotes empathy and inclusiveness, includes interactive booths and performers. Come join the fun!
Piedmont League of Women Voters sponsors a Speaker Event with Sr. Maureen Duignan on US Immigration Policy - April 7th @ 3:30-5:30 pm
US Immigration Policy -
Speaker Event with Sr. Maureen Duignan
Join us to hear Sr. Maureen Duignan, Executive Director of East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, speak about US immigration policy and its effect on immigrants and refugees in the Bay Area.
Founded in 1982, East Bay Sanctuary Covenant is dedicated to offering sanctuary, solidarity, support, community organizing assistance, advocacy, and legal services to those escaping war, terror, political persecution, intolerance, exploitation, and other expressions of violence. The organization has helped more than 10,000 local immigrants navigate the legal system. Currently, the organization is deeply involved in advocating for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
Date: Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Time: 3:30 – 5:30 p.m
Location: 40 Highland Avenue, Piedmont
This event is sponsored by the Piedmont League of Women Voters and is free of charge to the greater community.
Click on the following link to RSVP:
PADC OpEd Letter to The Post sent on February 11, 2019 regarding the potential School Resource Officer Position
The Piedmont Police Department received a three-year grant from the U.S. DOJ intended for tobacco prevention. Now, the PPD is jointly taking steps with Piedmont Unified to use these funds to hire an armed police officer for the secondary schools. While vaping, drug, and alcohol prevention and outreach is needed, we believe installing an armed officer is the wrong way to address these problems.
Despite the horrifying fact of school shootings, children are safer in school than in almost any other place. While armed officers may create the appearance of safety, an implicit goal of the program, the research is mixed. The Washington Post’s “Putting More Cops in Schools Won't Make Schools Safer, and It Will Likely Inflict a Lot of Harm” (February 2018) and other published reports/articles make this clear.
Having an armed school officer can lead to unintended consequences including increased arrests for behavior ordinarily not considered criminal. Data shows this is especially true for children of color, with learning disabilities and/or special needs. Campus police can also undermine trust, negatively affect school culture and can lead to physical harm, such as in the 2016 Nevada case where a 14-year-old was shot after defending himself against upperclassmen. As a forward-thinking district, is criminalizing and potentially harming our children the best we can offer them?
A better way to preserve student safety is for community stakeholders (parents, students, and staff) to work together to build a positive school climate that “minimizes police intervention and emphasizes positive, preventive approaches,” as the Children’s Defense Fund recommends. By opposing a campus cop, we have an opportunity to create an inclusive and supportive approach so all students feel welcome and safe on campus, not policed.
And what about after the funds are gone in three years? How will the District explain away the need for an armed officer, whether for drug prevention or for safety? In light of the coming budget cuts, what are the District’s plans to pay for this added personnel if the officer is still needed at that time?
The School Board and City Council asks for community input before they vote on this proposal. You can find information at www.padc.info and sign a petition. More importantly, email Board & Council members and come to the Board meeting on Wednesday February 27th at 7PM, when the matter is slated to be discussed.
Tonda Case and David Gard, Co-Presidents,
PADC and the PADC Executive Board
School Resource Officer Implementation-Letter to the PUSD School Board and Piedmont City Council sent on January 6, 2019
Dear School Board members, City Council members, Police Chief Bowers, and Superintendent Booker,
The Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) has been following the proposal for a School Resource Officer (SRO) with a great deal of attention and interest. We have researched the possible impact of an SRO on our schools and community, now that Piedmont has been awarded a CA Department of Justice Tobacco Grant for this purpose. Some of our members have pulled together various evidence-based articles regarding School Resource Officer implementation, and we wanted to share those articles and our concerns with you. Here is a link with those resources.
The Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee is proud of its collaboration with the school district and the City of Piedmont to ensure that our schools provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive environment for all students and staff and our City is viewed as a model of inclusion in all its practices, including policing. We appreciate the school and City’s efforts to ensure safety for all our community members and the strides our community has made in equitable and impartial policing. Based on the research shared here, we a have serious questions whether installing a School Resource Officer is the ideal solution for our community at this time. We have a number of specific concerns that are highlighted in these articles, but two of the main concerns are listed here, followed by suggestions for a more effective and transparent public engagement/outreach plan.
1) It is not clear that inserting police officers into schools is a good way to improve school safety or that our schools will benefit by having one. What danger is an SRO intended to prevent? Statistically, the odds of a given child getting killed in a mass school shooting — or any school shooting — are less than 1 in a million. On the other hand, arrest rates for disorderly conduct and low-level assault substantially increase when SROs are assigned to schools. In addition, studies indicate that the presence of SROs leads school administrators to defer to the police on issues of appropriate punishment, and increases the number of students involved in the justice system.
The staff report that accompanies the City Council agenda item suggests a strong and thriving partnership between the schools and police department. We also recognize the physical proximity of the Police Department to the Middle and High Schools’ campus. Given this strong and close partnership, it is not clear why Piedmont in particular needs a law enforcement officer, who will likely carry a firearm, to be on campus.
2) The data indicates a differential impact of SROs on students of color and other minorities, which has a negative impact on us all. For example, an analysis by the Austin-based public-interest law center Texas Appleseed found that police officers assigned to McKinney, Texas schools had arrested and ticketed black students at an “extremely high and unequal” rate. And SROs' presence in the schools led to an increase in the citation of black students, and a decrease in the citation of white students. Given our schools recent work to increase inclusiveness and diversity we are very concerned that this could have the effect of undoing that work, and inadvertently creating more problems within the schools - especially for students of color. Given the reality of implicit bias, even a well-intentioned SRO is likely to over identify students of color for disciplinary issues.
Our suggestion: Increase Public Engagement/Outreach Processes to determine if an SRO is necessary.
It is not clear how and why the decision was made to explore an SRO position through the CA DOJ Tobacco Grant Program in the first place. It seems that neither the school board nor the city council voted to make this a strategic priority, and there has been no public discussion about the issue beyond one school board meeting when the issue was introduced (to a limited audience). We applaud the city and school district for undertaking a public engagement/outreach plan to “provide an overview of a Piedmont specific SRO program, answer questions and seek feedback” and strongly encourage this in order to get input. Ideally, this would go beyond the small proportion of stakeholders who are able to attend in person meetings or feel comfortable voicing their concerns over this complex issue in a public setting. To ensure an effective and transparent public engagement/outreach effort we recommend that the school district follow processes it has used in the recent past including:
While we understand and agree that building a positive school culture is crucial, given the research to date, we do not believe that an SRO is the best method of achieving this in our schools. There are numerous paths forward that could be more effective in this regard,we believe, including the district’s recent commitment to restorative justice practices in the schools and offering enhanced student counseling services and groups that serve to educate and support everyone. Furthermore, we are concerned that the implementation of an SRO could have unintended negative consequences on all our students, especially students of color and contribute to perpetuating systems of privilege and oppression,the exact opposite of what is ideal to model for the next generation.
We are looking forward to meeting with Chief Bowers & Superintendent Booker at our January 10th meeting, including a discussion of these concerns and of the key motivations and goals around the possible implementation of an SRO. All are welcome to join this meeting.
Thank you all in advance for considering these resources.
David Gard - Co-president PADC
Tonda Case - Co-president PADC
PADC Executive Board
IN PIEDMONT Thursday, January 24, 2019
@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont
6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception
7 – 8:30 PM Screening
IN OAKLAND Sunday, January 27, 2019
@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland
12:30 PM Screening
Presented by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series, proudly celebrating 20 years of top-quality, diversity-related documentaries.
2019 MLK Celebration — “Beyond the Dream: King Speaks Out Against Poverty”
Presented by Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) and the City of
January 21st, 2019; 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm,
doors open at 11:30
Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech put forth a soaring vision for racial inclusion and justice. Yet in lesser known sermons and letters, King was pointed in his belief that to create a truly just and inclusive American society, we must all work to eradicate poverty. For Piedmont’s 22nd annual MLK Day Celebration, we honor King’s anti-poverty legacy. King believed that any struggle for justice must eliminate poverty. "We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny,” he wrote. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”
The program will feature inspiring performances by the Black Sheroes of Young Gifted and Black; Oaktown Jazz Workshops; Together We Slam of Piedmont High School; and Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir. Speakers include the Honorable Barbara Lee, U.S. Congresswoman, 13th District of California; the Honorable Buffy Wicks, Assemblywoman, 15th District of California; the Honorable Bob McBain, Mayor of Piedmont; and Oakland’s Youth Poet Laureate Leila Mottley.
Piedmont Veteran's Memorial Hall
401 Highland Ave, Piedmont CA 94611
“One of the best films you are likely to see this year.” The New York Times, (2016)
I Am Not Your Negro envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, a radical narration about race in America, using the writer’s original words as read by actor Samuel L. Jackson. Alongside a flood of rich archival material, the film draws upon Baldwin’s notes on the lives and assassinations of his close friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., to bring an eloquent, personal perspective to the current racial narrative in America.
Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. Ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassinations of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO will screen FREE twice:
IN PIEDMONT Wednesday, November 28
@ Ellen Driscoll Playhouse / 325 Highland Ave / Piedmont (near Oakland Avenue)
6:30 PM Doors Open, Reception
7 – 8:30 PM Screening
IN OAKLAND Saturday, December 1
@ The New Parkway Theater / 474 24th Street / Oakland (between Broadway & Telegraph)
3 – 4:30 PM Screening
Presented by the Appreciating Diversity Film Series, proudly celebrating 20 years of top-quality, diversity-related documentaries.
Several PADC members are planning on attending the Mill Valley Film Festival screening of "Bias" on Saturday, October 13th at 2pm - please come join us! Jen Cavenaugh is organizing a list of people who are interested in carpooling. Email her at email@example.com if you'd like to carpool.
Note that tickets will likely sell out soon, as the reviews for this film have been very positive, so be sure to purchase them as soon as you can!