The OCS Project LLC was created to recover, archive, and share the history, memories, and legacies of the Oakland Community School. Collaboration is an OCS Project hallmark. Without the help of many individuals since its 2017 beginning, the project would not have accomplished as much as it has to date.

Our Team

Meet the 2023-2024 OCS Project team!

Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest, MA
Founding Director

Angela is a documentarian, oral historian, multi-media content creator, and independent scholar. She has spent the past 30+ years bridging the gap between communities and institutions and developing public history projects that center narrators in the process.

Ashe Lewis

Ashe is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Education Studies and minoring in Race and Ethnic Studies.

Jade LeBlanc-Ernest, MA
Digital Content Manager

Jade holds a BA in Radio, Television, and Film and an MA in Communication Management. Jade is tasked with managing website development and design and managing social media.

Maggy Deschane

Maggy graduated in 2023 with a major in Early Childhood Education and minor in Developmental Psychology. Maggy currently teaches 1st-3rd grade social studies and science.

Brooke Jacobs

Brooke is a senior at Barnard College majoring in Ethnomusicology and American Studies.

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Take a look at frequently asked questions to get a better understanding for The OCS Project.

What is The OCS Project?

The OCS Project is an educationalresearch project focused on the Oakland Community School, an Oakland,California, private school for children aged preschool through 4thgrade, started by the Black Panthers.

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Curating resources and information for researchers and community members alike to learn the history of the Black Panther Party’s flagship educational program is central to The OCS Project’s mission.


Creating digital projects is one of the primary ways The OCS Project endeavors to archive and share the history and encourage community engagement.


Collaborating was a hallmark of the Oakland Community School’s success and it is in the same spirit that The OCS Project seeks to accomplish its current and future project goals.

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