Happy Kwanza, Pt II: Nia

NIA  To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community to restore our people to their traditional greatness.  SoBEO always wants to encourage and lift the work of Black Education in Oakland. There are stories and narratives to be told. Oakland struggles with sometimes a fear of being Unapologetically Black (Yes, Home…


Happy Kwanza: SoBEO Celebrates the Season Of First Fruits

Habari Gani! The Power of the Nguzo Saba  (7 Principles)   SoBEO is reaching out in the spirit of the Ngzo Saba – 7 Powerful Principles that speak to the social,  economic, and spiritual wellbeing of the Black Community. Kwanzaa is celebrated from Dec 26 -January 1st. Today we greet you in the Spirit of…


Reflections on 12 years of Service on the OUSD school board

I woke up most of those mornings before board meetings with a prayer that I might be in service. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve. What an incredibly humbling experience working inside the complexity of OUSD  — hearing the voices of young people, the struggles of parents, along with the inspiring hope they…


The legendary Toni Cook opines on Housing for All

The Honorable Toni Cook is a legend in the education landscape of Oakland from the cradle to college. I had no idea who Ms. Toni was — the Honorable Toni Cook, School Board member from District 6, the school board member who made the equity-minded appeal for adequate and additional resources for students who spoke…


A Conversation with Dr. Charles Cole

By Jumoke Hinton I’m grateful for the words of Dr. Charles Cole, III and the life he leads! Our conversation was heartfelt and powerful. We’ve broken down the session and will share some Dr. Cole gems from our conversation throughout our SoBEO Repurposing OUSD Lands for Housing campaign. I had the opportunity to sit with…