Last Friday, I had the pleasure to accompany Mia to a local, West Oakland rendition of August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars”. The play was held at Mia’s work, Joseph Prescott Center. Being an outdoor event, the backyard was transformed into the play’s setting of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the late 1940s. The actors were suburb and kept me on the edge of my seat as the tragedy unfolded. In high school, I feel in love with performing on stage and love community theater. The local play gave me another reason why I love West Oakland.
On Saturday, Kenna and I decided to go see a movie at the New Parkway, a local movie theater a few blocks from our apartment. The New Parkways features documentaries and old classics whiles guest longue on coaches and other unique seats instead of the traditional, uncomfortable movie theater seats. Kenna and I watched “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” a gripping documentary on legendary activist and icon Angela Davis. The documentary showed images of the funerals of Black Panther activists George and Jonathan Jackson in West Oakland. Angela Davis’s political activism is a testament to the Social Change Model the Micah Fellow have been studying this summer. Davis encourages individuals to challenge social institutions and advocate for real, institutional change.
On Monday, the BART strike began! Instead of my usual thirty minute commute to work, I took the bus to Jack London Square where I boarded the ferry to Embarcadero. Although the commute was an extra one-two hours long, I stand in solidarity with the BART employees. Power to the people!
This upcoming week I will start my sixth week as a Micah Fellow; I have crossed the half-way point. Looking back on my experience, I will especially remember like the evenings I spent watching local theater, “Free Angela,” and the ferry rides to San Francisco. These experiences validate my commitment to social justice and inspire me to continue my journey to becoming a social change agent. For now, I will meditate on these words of Angela Davis, ““We have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.”