Nearly 200 residents of Oakland’s Sobrante Park joined in the holiday spirit with the help of the Oakland Police Department, African American Advisory Committee on Crime and the Sobrante Park Resident Council at Madison Middle School.
The Kwanzaa Posada Cultural Celebration, held on Dec. 15 at Madison School, located at 400 Capistrano St. in Oakland, included multiethnic holiday traditions and a keynote address by Dr. Ken Hardy of the Public Health Department.
“This is a really important and a way of promoting harmony in the community and offering greater promise for the next generation,” said Hardy.
Guests enjoyed a holiday meal and a giveaway that included turkeys, clothes from Ashley Stewart and shoes from LaDell’s of Vallejo.
Assisting with the clothing giveaway were the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta’s Epsilon Phi Zeta Oakland Berkeley Chapter, including Pam J. White, Sherry Carpenter, Linda Taylor, Zeola Slaughter and Sharon Kidd, along with volunteers Tamesha Cummings and LaDonna Brown.
“This is just one of the ways we are able to enhance the lives of people in the community and help others,” said Slaughter.
“This is important for the community and the children because everybody is in need now, whether they are admitting it or not, and it’s beautiful when people can come together,” said White, the chapter president.
“I am blessed to be a part of this event annually and to give to the people of Sobrante Park,” said Kidd, who serves as the Chairman of the BART Citizens Review Board.
Amber Blackwell and Tiffany Gibson of Higher Ground Neighborhood Development Organization coordinated the participation of some families in need. “We use the school as our way to support the entire community by partnering with other organizations,” said Gibson.
“It’s important for the community to come together and share cultural traditions and build cultural bridges that will give us all freedom in Sobrante Park,” said Blackwell.
Sobrante Resident Connye Limbrick dressed in African garb with a touch of Christmas colors, said she enjoys the tradition of families and cultures coming together.
“This is something I look forward to every year,” she said.