Discover the Oakland Community School Classroom Experience with Ericka Huggins
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Ericka Huggins in an Oakland Community School classroom, courtesy of Ericka Huggins
When the Black Panthers founded the ground-breaking Oakland Community School, Ericka Huggins was placed in charge of its leadership. Join her in an immersive experience that recreates a classroom under her care, complete with original lesson plans and archived materials to set the scene. Become a student in Huggins’s class and discover the innovative education and nutrition models she developed.
- Archival Walkthrough \ Wilsey Court, 10 am–4 pm
- Classroom Experience \ Piazzoni Murals Room, 1–3 pm
Ericka Huggins is a human rights activist, poet, educator, Black Panther Party leader, and former political prisoner. For the past 36 years she has lectured throughout the United States and internationally. Her experiences have enabled her to speak personally and honestly on issues relating to the physical and emotional well-being of women, children and youth, whole being education, the incarceration of men and women of color, and the role of the spiritual practice in sustaining activism and promoting social change.
From 1973–1981, she was the Director of the Oakland Community School, the groundbreaking community-run child development center and elementary school founded by the Black Panther Party. Working with a team of incredibly talented party members and local educators a vision for the innovative curriculum for the school was written. This curriculum and the principles that inspired it became a model for and predecessor to the charter school movement. During that time, with community support, she became both the first woman and the first Black person to be appointed to the Alameda County Board of Education, which serves children with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities and, incarcerated youth in the county’s many school districts.
The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are committed to offering services that make its collections, exhibitions, and programs accessible to all visitors. Learn about access features at the museums including requesting wheelchairs, ASL Interpretation, captioning, and more.
General admission and special programming are free on Saturdays at the de Young and Legion of Honor for all residents of the nine Bay Area counties. Seating for this program is limited and first-come, first-served. Seating tickets will be distributed an hour before the event begins in front of the Piazzoni Murals Room. Purchase of a special exhibition ticket is required on this day to see Soul of a Nation.
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Free Saturdays admission is generously underwritten by Diane B. Wilsey and programming is supported by the Ford Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.