In spring and summer of 2021, Jilchristina Vest turned her two-story Victorian at the intersection of 9th Street and Huey P. Newton Way in Oakland, California, into the Women of the Black Panther Party Mural and Mini Museum. A twenty-year resident of West Oakland, Vest wanted to pay homage to the women who had inspired her to move to the neighborhood in the first place. Meanwhile, fourth generation West Oaklander David Peters was envisioning a Black Liberation Walking tour—an audio tour exploring the histories of the West Oakland neighborhood known as Hoover-Foster, where he grew up.

During the unveiling of these two projects, I lived in West Oakland—around the corner from the Mini Museum. I attended both celebratory events; they were the kind of events that often attract new residents and thus remind me of the ways Oakland has changed since I was a child. But something about these events...

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