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A dear friend, researcher and comrade of s6k who now lives in Oakland had the idea for us to go on a Black Panther focused cultural tour while s6k founder Darryl Hell was visiting her. It was after he saw how this history was documented Online that he decided to do this as an s6k project. MS. Wilson has done so much research on the region, she made it easy to execute the project. It's really cool that a team of a woman and a man, Black and White, born and raised on the New Jersey Shore brought this project to fruition. Our goal is to centralize and highlight a broad narrative of the Oakland region to illuminate the determination many people have had to improve their own situation, some of which have become iconic worldwide for self-improvement and community liberation/empowerment.


Pamela Wilson
I moved to the Bay Area from the East Coast in 1998 without knowing much about the region. I was surprised by the size and layout of San Francisco but was immediately attracted to Oakland.
 
I eventually found a place to live in the Temescal neighborhood of North Oakland, and, in the interim before I found a job, I spent a lot of time reading library books in an attempt to learn more about my new home. My local branch was in the midst of a renovation, so I went to the next closest one, the Golden Gate branch on San Pablo. They had a big collection of books about Black Oakland, including the Black Panthers, which I immediately gravitated to.

I was shocked to learn that many of the original Panthers—Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, David Hilliard, and Bobby Hutton—had lived in my immediate midst. I rented the 1995 Mario VanPeebles movie Panther and recognized my own street: the traffic light the Panthers rallied for was just 12 blocks north of where I watching the video. I noted locations referenced in my reading as I went about my local business. These were the earliest roots of the s6k Power to All the People Oakland Roots Culture Tour.

I was shocked to learn that many of the original Panthers—Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, David Hilliard, and Bobby Hutton—had lived in my immediate midst. I rented the 1995 Mario VanPeebles movie Panther and recognized my own street: the traffic light the Panthers rallied for was just 12 blocks north of where I watching the video. I noted locations referenced in my reading as I went about my local business. These were the earliest roots of the s6k Power to All the People Oakland Roots Culture Tour.

Between then and now, I spent seven years working for a social justice-oriented community foundation and completed a master’s degree in cultural geography. I found echoes of my informal research on the Black Panthers in a lot of what I read and wrote both for work and for school. The importance of self-determination in the Panthers’ philosophy stuck with me. Now that I live in Oakland again, every time I passed one of the locations where Panther history was made, I continued to take note. It’s wonderful to share this information—and even more that Darryl has uncovered—with you this Juneteenth and beyond.


Darryl Hell
As founder of sektor 6 kommunikations, I have been dedicated to educating people about multi-ethnic cultural and arts movements. Since 2002, sektor 6 kommunikations has done a Juneteenth project in New York City. In Spring/Summer 2011 we have created our most ambitious Juneteenth project. After visiting Oakland and walking in the footsteps and spirits of that historic area, I knew this needed to be given the respect and love it deserved by turning this into a tour. Since Panther co-founder David Hilliard conducts a formal Black Panther Tour, I thought it would be a great honor to augment the efforts of him and many others. s6k has provided technical and Internet support for a number of people, organizations and artists, which makes us the perfect organization to execute this cultural history and mapping project.

It is our hope that people of all ethnicities understand the legendary history the Bay area represents. For over a century, Oakland has been the birthplace of movements that developed the framework many human rights organizations use today.

Finally, it is dedicated to honoring my parents, John and Janet Montgomery. I work to bring communities together and to be a "truth-teller" in a world where honesty and clear agendas are in rare supply. This project continues that enormous life-long effort. To quote my journalistic hero Gil Noble, "I hope you find it edifying."


[note] This is an artistic cultural project and we are not being paid in any way by anyone for this. We have completely designed, funded and executed the project on our own. We do hope that it brings more awareness to the many books, media, and merchandise others have to offer. We will not generate revenue in any way from this project. It is our gift to those who've done the work throughout history to provide following generations with better options.


                                               


 
 

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