Ever since the new span was in the works, the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley has been collecting interesting stories from people who worked on the old eastern span.
Black History Month 2013 in the East Bay means celebrations of the lives and achievements of many individuals. Black success stories include chefs like Sarah Kirnon and vintners, international documentary subjects and dancer, actor and activist Josephine Baker to a pioneering female journalist for the Oakland Tribune. Get your dose of black history with any of these suggestions. The experience will be priceless.
Historians have launched a search to gather survivor accounts of a deadly World War II incident at a Contra Costa shipyard that contributed to the eventual desegregation of the military.