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African Americans in Berkeley: Art, Entertainment, Literature, Sports, 1940 - 2010

April 24–October 8, 2022

The Berkeley Historical Society presents year 3 of "African Americans in Berkeley" building upon the foundation of "African Americans in Berkeley: Four Families" introduced in 2019 and "African Americans in Berkeley's History and Legacy" presented in 2021. Highlights of Year 3 are significant contributions made by Berkeley African Americans in the worlds of art, entertainment, literature and sports from 1940 to 2010.

We are honored to feature the work of educator Ruth Acty, journalist
Belva Davis, artists Mildred Howard and Edythe Boone, singers/musicians Tramaine Hawkins and Joshua Reman, and athletes Don Barksdale, Glenn Burke, and Steve Odom, among many others.

On view are stars like Whoopi Goldberg and Richard Pryor who spent pivotal years in Berkeley, and, although not originally from Berkeley, famed writer Alice Walker, who lived here for twenty years. Also in the spotlight are gathering places like Rainbow Sign, the Black Repertory Group Theater, and the annual Berkeley Juneteenth Festival.


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