Building Faith and Justice on International Boulevard

This Origins and Legacy of Allen Temple Baptist Church...   The area around International Boulevard and 85th Avenue is somewhat typical for East Oakland. There are many local businesses, auto shops, and beauty salons along with the local headquarters for the Boys & Girls Club of Oakland. There are also many of the same the …

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Chinatown and the Empress of Heaven

A Tour of San Francisco Chinatown and the Tin How Temple...   The Chinese immigrants that built the San Francisco Chinatown wanted to bring their home with them. The goal was to create a city within a city. They had their own businesses, newspapers, governing institutions, commerce centers, and religious spaces. While embracing America and …

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The Serenity of Lake Merritt

America’s First Wildlife Preserve and Oakland's Crown Jewel...   Lake Merritt is not a lake. It’s the first thing you should know about Oakland’s urban waterpark. It’s a tidal lagoon or estuary.  Formed roughly 12,000 years ago after the end of the last Ice Age, the lagoon has been reshaped over the last 150 years …

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Jack London and the Valley of the Moon

A History and Tour of Jack London’s Ranch in the Sonoma Valley, California... Jack London was a prolific writer of the early 20th century, composing famous stories about adventure, survival, the Alaskan experience—stories such as “To Build a Fire” and “White Fang.” He was also a fierce advocate for socialism and workers’ rights. What many …

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