Reflecting on Black History Month

Celebrating Legacies of Empowerment

With Black History Month in the rearview, we’re reflecting on the profound legacies and struggles that define the African diaspora. Throughout February, we’ve had the privilege of immersing ourselves in narratives of resilience, empowerment, and the ongoing pursuit of justice within the Black community. 

We’ve been reminded of the indelible mark left by pioneers, leaders, and everyday heroes who have shaped Black history across various spheres and locales while spotlighting Black-owned businesses and historical features, amplifying voices, and celebrating the resilience and innovation of African American entrepreneurs. These stories are powerful reminders of the importance of representation and community support in fostering a culture of inclusivity and shared success. Below is an overview of the stories we explored::

Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment in and Around the San Francisco Bay Area

    • San Francisco: The Fillmore District’s vibrant legacy as the “Harlem of the West” underscores the entrepreneurial spirit and economic contributions of the Black community. From bustling jazz clubs to thriving businesses, the Fillmore was a testament to the resilience and creativity of African Americans in the face of adversity. Organizations like the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce continue to champion economic empowerment and advocate for the preservation of Black-owned businesses, ensuring that the legacy of entrepreneurship remains vibrant and enduring.


  • Oakland: Oakland, a city steeped in radical tradition and social justice activism, bears witness to the ongoing struggle for self-determination and economic empowerment. From the Black Panther Party’s revolutionary praxis to contemporary movements for affordable housing and equitable development, Oakland serves as a nexus of resistance against systemic oppression.


  • Richmond: Richmond’s history of grassroots organizing and collective action underscores the enduring legacy of Black resistance in the face of environmental racism and economic exploitation. Organizations like the Richmond Art Center are steadfast in their commitment to memorializing Black Art while supporting artists through representation and creative community.

Celebrating President’s Day
Former President Obama’s rise to the Presidency remains a testament to the relentless fight against systemic barriers. His journey from grassroots organizing to the highest political seat in our country embodies the transformative power of community mobilization and the tireless pursuit of equity and representation in ways that have shaped history immemorial.

Cultural Preservation and Literacy
Institutions like Marcus Books, with its storied history as the oldest Black-owned bookstore in the United States, stand as monuments to resilience and empowerment. Marcus Books has been a bastion of Black literature for over six decades, providing a space for celebration, education, and cultural exchange. Marcus Books, nestled in the heart of Oakland, stands as a sanctuary of Black literature and cultural expression. It has been a vital space for fostering community dialogue, amplifying marginalized voices, and nurturing a sense of collective identity.

While February may be coming to a close, our commitment to building a more just and equitable society remains unwavering. Moving forward, we will continue to uplift and celebrate the diverse tapestry of Black experiences, ensuring that the struggle for justice is intersectional and inclusive.