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Euradell “Dell” Logan Patterson,82, Passes

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Euradell "Dell" Logan Patterson

 Euradell “Dell” Logan-Patterson, who achieved acclaim for years as a dedicated, faithful, educational, community, and faith-based volunteer in Oakland and Berkeley, passed away on Dec. 26, 2020, at home in the care of her husband William “Bill” Patterson.

“Dell,” as she was affectionately referred to by her friends, was born Sept. 26, 1938, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Her parents, Ernestine Dunlap and Euell Kenneth Logan were married in 1937. They moved from Seminole, OK to Oklahoma City where “Dell” was born.

In 1941, her family moved to West Oakland where Kenneth Logan served briefly in the U.S Navy and then Dell’s family settled in Berkeley.

After graduating from Berkeley High School, she enrolled at San Jose State University before transferring to and graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Education along with her Teaching Credential.

She also earned a Master’s Degree equivalence from UC Berkeley and a Reading Specialist Credential from Holy Names University.

While pursuing her academic studies she gained valuable experience working with youth and the community as a playground leader in the City of Oakland’s Parks and Recreation Department from 1958 to 1961.

Because of her knowledge of art, music, piano playing, and her skill at organizing workflow she attracted the attention of William “Bill” Patterson, and they were married on Aug. 3, 1961.

She began her teaching career in 1962 under the supervision of Benjamin Hargrave, the principal of Golden Gate Elementary School. Her teaching career spanned more than three decades while teaching at Washington, Franklin, Lakeview, Manzanita, and Sherman Elementary schools, and served as a Teacher of Special Assignment (TSA) for Reading and Language Arts.

Before she retired in 1998 and due to her incredible organizational and time-management skills, she found the time to volunteer as an organization specialist with the Oakland NAACP, Oakland Black Caucus, the Shiloh Christian Fellowship College and its international missionary programs, prison ministry, and many other community-based organizations.

Her training skills, honed from being a Master Teacher, helped launch Shiloh’s Christian College and community outreach programs.

She and her husband were mainstays and part of the organizing backbone of many Black community organizations and civil rights activities.

Known for her quiet, pleasant demeanor and her ability to make everyone she encountered feel that “everyone counted with her, but none too much,” was the main reason she was able to make her home a welcome place to host many of Oakland’s Black leaders.

She and Bill hosted organizing and planning meetings for Oakland’s first Black mayor, the late Lionel Wilson along with the effort to install a statue for the late Judge Donald P. McCullum at the Ronald Dellums Federal Building in Oakland.

The Rev. Dr. Martha C. Taylor of Allen Temple Baptist Church was mentored by Dell. She reflected on when Dell was recreation leader at Brookfield Recreation Center in East Oakland.

Taylor recalled how Dell specialized in helping teenaged girls at becoming “lady-like.”  She was an encourager, who told all of us we could be anything we wanted to be.

“Dell always had a smile on her face.  I remember thinking, I want to be just like her when I grow up.  She had a gentle, kind, mothering spirit and did not hesitate to correct us.  I have often told Mr. William “Bill” Patterson, that both of them, shaped and molded so many of us to strive for goodness and greatness.  Her mentoring taught me how to mentor others. Dell Patterson has left a sweet lingering spirit,” said Taylor.

Dell is survived by her husband of 59 years, William B. Patterson, her son William David Patterson and a host of family and friends.

A memorial service will be announced after the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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City Council Approves $480,000 in Arts Grants

The city made the announcement Tuesday about the grants, which will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

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The Oakland City Council approved $480,000 in grants to 17 Oakland-based non-profit organizations and 20 individual artists through the city’s Cultural Funding Program, Neighborhood Voices.

The city made the announcement Tuesday about the grants, which will support 772 distinct arts events and activities that will expose more than 110,000 participants to cultural programming.

The grant program seeks to bring Oaklanders together to create and support a sense of belonging within a community, to foster social connections that lift people’s spirits, to encourage community well-being and offer visions for a collective future, according to the announcement.

The following individual artists each won $7,000 Neighborhood Voices awards:

Frederick Alvarado; Karla Brundage; Cristina Carpio; Darren Lee Colston; Maria De La Rosa; Elizabeth D. Foggie; Rachel-Anne Palacios; Laurie Polster; Hasain Rasheed; Kweku Kumi Rauf; Carmen Roman; Michael Roosevelt; Fernando Santos; Teofanny Octavia Saragi; Kimberly Sims-Battiste; Cleavon Smith; Lena Sok; Babette Thomas; Ja Ronn Thompson; Joseph Warner.

Each of the following organizations received $20,000 Neighborhood Voices awards:

Asian Health Services for Banteay Srei;

Beats Rhymes and Life;

Chapter 510 INK;

Dancers Group for dNaga GIRL Project;

Dancers Group for Dohee Lee Puri Arts;

Dancers Group for Grown Women Dance Collective;

East Oakland Youth Development Center;

Higher Gliffs for Endangered Ideas;

Hip Hop for Change;

Junior Center of Art and Science;

Mycelium Youth Network;

Oakland Education Fund for Youth Beat;

Oakland Theater Project, Inc.;

Sarah Webster Fabio Center for Social Justice;

The Intersection for Alphabet Rockers;

Women’s Audio Mission;

Youth Radio/YR Media.

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Fourteenth Street Market Gives Community Healthy Alternatives in Oakland

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Owner Oscar Edwards stands in front of his “14 Street Market” located at 416 14th St. in Oakland which opened on March 6.  Edwards says he “. . . built his grocery store to give access to his community and provide healthy alternatives and still have things they know as well.”  He adds that “Black press for him is the voice that helps to bring my ideas and expressions full circle to the people.”

“14 Street Market” is open 7 days a week, 10am – 8pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 7pm on Sunday.  It’s your neighbor market with groceries, snacks, drinks and more.  

Follow them on IG:  https://instagram.com/fourteenthstreetmarket  

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The Story of The Mural Honoring the Women of the Black Panther Party

Vest says this project is also created in conjunction with the #SayHerName movement, and in response to the continued violence and systematic oppression of BIWOC, and as a result of the chronic blindness towards and seeming invisibility of Black women.

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Born and raised in Chicago, Jilchristina Vest moved to the Bay Area in 1986 when she was 19 years old. In 1995, after earning degrees in Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and Multicultural Education from San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco, she had a job working for OCCUR. 

There she learned about the rich history of African American success and activism in West Oakland and its connection to The Black Panther Party. And because of that history, Vest began her search for a home in West Oakland.  

After two years of searching and with the help of her friends and community, Vest bought a beautiful home. And about two-and-a-half years later, again with the help of her friends and community, the house was restored to its former glory.

Some 20 years later, Vest found a way to say thank you to Oakland, her friends, community and The Black Panther Party – all the reasons she is here. She has done it by assembling a team to install a 2,000-square-foot mural on the wall of her house to honor the unknown and unseen heroes of The Black Panther Party.

Located at the corner of Center Street and Dr. Huey P. Newton Way, work on the mural began in January of 2021.

Vest says this project is also created in conjunction with the #SayHerName movement, and in response to the continued violence and systematic oppression of BIWOC, and as a result of the chronic blindness towards and seeming invisibility of Black women.

The source of this story is the Women of the Black Panther Party Mural web site, https://www.wbppmural.com/

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