Oakland has more sunny days than San Francisco, which is only 7 miles across the Bay.
Oakland has one of the top 7 cargo shipping ports in the nation, while San Francisco’s cargo shipping activity has declined. Reason: Oakland is better connected to the freight railroad system.
Oakland is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation.
The East Bay contains city of Berkeley one of our nation’s leading higher educational centers at University of California at Berkeley. It is also home to CSU East Bay University in Hayward.
Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton, received his doctorate in 1983.
Sly Stone – Founded Sly & The Family Stone band and defined the Funk musical genre in late 1960s through early 1970s.
Residents born or made a name for themselves here:
Rev. J. Alfred Smith, Sr. – Allen Temple Baptist pastor
Ishmael Reed – Writer, college professor
Huey Newton & Bobby Seale – Founders of Black Panther Party
David Hilliard & Fredrika Newton – Black Panthers carrying the torch
Lionel Wilson – Oakland’s first African-American mayor
Bill Russell – Basketball legend & greatest winner in history of team sports
Gary Payton – NBA Hall of Fame player
Jason Kidd – NBA All-star
Joe Morgan – Baseball Hall of Famer
Ron Dellums – Never sold out in 20 years as US Congressman and now mayor of Oakland
En Vogue – R&B group
Too Short – Hip-Hop artist
The Pointer Sisters – R&B group