Author of “Beyond Heroes and Holidays” to Speak

Margo Okazawa Rey

By Post Staff Professor, author, and East Bay resident, Margo Okazawa-Rey, became known to thousands of educators with her 1998 co-edited book, “Beyond Heroes and Holidays.” This collection of analytical essays and curricular materials for K-12 educators challenged the prevailing approaches that focused on a list of famous figures and ethnic holidays during the “months” like Black History, API Awareness, and Women’s, for example. Since then, Dr. Okazawa-Rey has expanded her work to transform the commonly held multicultural worldview and reality.  She uses a form of research called “participatory action research” to help communities change their own realities. She was recently awarded a grant to study the lives of Palestinians of African descent, a group about which very little has been written.  She is interested in understanding how they came to Palestine and their relationship to the broader society. And she works on transnational women’s issues, particularly militarism, armed conflict, and their impacts on women. Dr. Okazawa-Rey received her doctorate from Harvard, is professor emerita at San Francisco State, and was the Congresswoman Barbara Lee Chair in Women’s Leadership and Visiting Professor of Ethnic Studies at Mills College. She is currently Interim Dean and faculty member in the School of Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University. She will be speaking Saturday, May 18 at a free event at the Oakland Airport Hilton at 9:30 a.m. as part of the Fielding Graduate University Educational Series. To attend the event, go to
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