Black Arts Movement Business District meets Tuesday, July 26, 6-8PM, Oak Culture Center, 14th and Adeline, Oakland

The BAMBD Townhall will meet on Sunday, July 24, 10:30AM, Joyce Gordon Gallery, 14th and Franklin, downtown Oakland, facilitated by Dr. Ayodele Nzinga.

BAMBD Meets Tues., July 26

By Marvin X 
BAMBD Co-founder 
Post News Group

After the Oakland City Council made official the Black Arts Movement Busi- ness District (BAMBD) along the 14th Street corridor sev- eral months ago, not much has happened. The requested Uni- versal African flag has yet to fly as a banner in the district. The requested vendors are not yet authorized to sell on or in the BAMBD. City Council President Lynette McElhaney pushed the legislation through but has had other priorities since then, including the up- coming elections. 

Some of McElhaney’s agenda items are in line with the BAMBD five pillars as described in a letter of support by Dr. Ayodele Nzinga, but she has not received a reply from President McElhaney. 
The BAMBD community supporters are expected to attend the upcoming Culture Keepers meeting.
In a letter to BAMBD co- founder Marvin X, President McElhaney wrote, “Thank you for your support in pro- moting the independent, on- going work of businesses and artists that are in the BAMBD (e.g. MCFTA, Betti Ono, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and Geoffrey’s Inner Circle). BAMBD expects that the final organizational structure will be one that establishes a strong foundation for future funding and will reflect the diversity of African arts, business and culture that is uniquely Oakland. 

The next meeting of the BAMBD culture keepers is Tuesday, July 26, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oak Cultural Center, 14th and Adeline. 

Marvin X. Jackmon

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