CONNECTING NORTH OAKLAND NEIGHBORS THROUGH STORIES, SHARED RESOURCES & CELEBRATIONS  @commons_archive

"THE SENSE OF THE SACRED IS VITAL"

Healer & poet Rafael Jesús González leads a blessing at the Commons Archive book launch celebration.

COMMONS ARCHIVE WELCOMES ALL

The Commons Archive flag made up of neighbors' handwriting stands in front of the Golden Gate Library.

YOUR VOICES, YOUR STORIES

We all carry experiences of our neighborhoods, the stories that make this place home. As North Oakland continues to grow and change, Commons Archive is gathering neighbors' memories to preserve the area’s many histories. In February we distributed story collection boxes throughout the neighborhood. They’ll be accessible when services re-open.  In the meantime, visit our Instagram -- we’re spotlighting recently gathered neighbor stories. And when you see a neighbor on your next walk, share some memories!

Visit Oakland Public Library for 24/7 online services for Oakland history, reading lists, story-time links, ebooks & more!

Take a listen to  East Bay Yesterday for some fascinating local history.

Need a little pick-me-up? Listen to Golden Gate Library’s Sharon Vaughn singing Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

NORTH OAKLAND NEIGHBOR GROUPS WORKSHOP

Neighbors share community building & restorative justice strategies.

YOUR VOICES, YOUR STORIES

Commons Archive gathers neighbors' written experiences & memories throughout North Oakland.

LASARTEMAY FAMILY ARCHIVES

Portrait of Eugene Lasartemay, a pioneer in collecting & sharing Bay Area African American history.

VITAL BLACK FAMILY-OWNED BUSINESS

Fred & Ruthanne Williams, second generation owners of Williams Appliances, a store that has been serving the neighborhood since the 1960s.

BLOCK CLUBS ARE A BIG PART OF SOUTHERN BLACK CULTURE

Neighbor activist Laura Ingram shares her stories at 'Love Our Neighborhood Day', a free community-driven open streets festival.

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

Black Panther Saturu Ned shares his wisdom & experiences for Commons Archive deep-listening sessions at the Golden Gate Library.

WE WERE THE FIRST BLACK FAMILY ON THE BLOCK

Joanne Dickerson Harper, born in the Golden Gate neighborhood in the 1940s, shares stories & photos.

BIRTHPLACE OF THE BLACK PANTHERS

One of the many signs in the neighborhood that commemorate important sites in Black Panther Party history.

NORTH OAKLAND RESTORATIVE JUSTICE COUNCIL

North Oakland neighbors walk for peace, support unhoused neighbors & provide mutual aid during the COVID crisis.

GOLDEN GATE LIBRARY LOCAL COLLECTION

The Commons Archive book series created in 2019 from neighbor interviews, urban planning reports, maps, photos, & neighborhood documents.

PRESERVING THE PAST WHEN THE EYEWITNESSES ARE GONE

Susan Anderson, writer, scholar & third-generation Californian, researching the Lasartemay archives.

WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

Longtime Golden Gate Librarian & jazz vocalist Sharon Vaughn sings at the Golden Gate Library's Centennial Celebration.

"LOOK AROUND & SEE WHAT COMMUNITY IS"

Laurie Stoerkel, one of the neighbors featured in the 'Golden Gate Conversations' book.