Berkeley Black History Month Celebration

The theme was “History Makers”

When: Sunday February 28, 2016 from 2PM to 5PM.
Where: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley.

photo of Byron Rumford

Byron Rumford

The documentary “Fair Legislation: The Byron Rumford Story” had its Berkeley premier.  It tells the story of W. Byron Rumford, a pharmacist from Berkeley who was elected to the 17th District of the California State Assembly in 1949 and served until 1967.  Doug Harris Sr. produced and directed the documentary which shows how Assemblyman Byron Rumford Sr. was able to create and pass a bill to eliminate unfair housing practices in California. You won’t hear a narrator. Harris elected to use interviews of people who knew Rumford  and his political accomplishments best, including Belva Davis  (Television News Journalist and Author), Elihu Harris (former State Assemblyman), and James Sweeney (former Berkeley City Councilman). More about the documentary.

There was also:

  • Workshops on “Violence in the Black Community” and “Black Lives Matter”
  • A Black Inventors Display by RJ Reed
  • Musical performances
  • Food
  • Art

Check the Berkeley Juneteenth page.

Phyllis Gale, Voter Services


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