Education and Marooning: Insubmissive Practices Meeting at the Crossroads of Black Diaspora - Presentation by Éllen Cintra

On August 14, 2023, Éllen Cintra presented her work to the Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster. Cintra provides an international perspective on education, marooning, and OCS. Cintra's presentation was part of the Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster Summer Speaker Series sponsored by the UC Irvine Humanities Center.

Each One Teach One: Oakland Community School in Life and Autobiography - Erica Watkins

On July 31, 2023, Erica Watkins talked about her first-hand experience as an Oakland Community School student. Watkins' presentation was part of the Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster Summer Speaker Series sponsored by the UC Irvine Humanities Center.

Warrior Women, The American Indian Movement, and the We Will Remember Survival School Presentation w/ Elizabeth Castle

On July 17, 2023, Dr. Elizabeth Castle was in conversation with OCS Project director, Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest, about Castle's work on the Warrior Women film and the Warrior Women Project. Dr. Castle's presentation was part of the Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster Summer Speaker Series sponsored by the UC Irvine Humanities Center.

A Conversation with Steve McCutchen (8.11.2022)

Steve McCutchen talks about his time as an educator at the Oakland Community School and in the Oakland Unified School District. McCutchen was a guest speaker for the Black Panther Oakland Community School Research Cluster (BPOCSRC) on August 11, 2022. The BPOCSRC is a community partnership between The OCS Project LLC and the UC Irvine Humanities Center.

A Conversation with ericka huggins (7.28.2022)

Human rights advocate, educator, and former Oakland Community School director, ericka huggins, is in conversation with UC Irvine graduate student, Chasia Jeffries as a guest speaker for the BPOCSRC 2022 summer fellows program.

Art | Power | Community: A BPP 55th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibit and Artist Talk (May 4, 2022)

Featured student photographer, Micherlange Francois-Hemsley, is in conversation with BPP graphic artist and educator, M. Gayle Asali Dickson, BPP photographer, John Crear, and community member and West Oakland Mural Project founder, Jilchristina Vest, about the role art plays in society. Tatiana Bryant moderates the conversation.

Art | Power | Community Opening Reception Highlights (5.4.2022)

Features the BPOCSRC's Art | Power | Community event: a BPP 55th anniversary photography exhibit by Micherlange Francois-Hemsley (UCI '22, BPOCSRC Fellow '21), a hybrid artist talk panel, and an archival exhibit of supporting BPP documents from UCI Libraries.

Artist Spotlight: Micherlange Francois-Hemsley (APC Photographer)

Featured photographer Micherlange Francois-Hemsley and OCS Project Assistant, Evelynn Cuautle, both 2021 BPOCSRC interns, unite to discuss Francois-Hemsley's exhibit.

Micherlange Francois-Hemsley: Bridging Multidisciplinary Interests (In Their Own Words Podcast Series 1 Episode 7)

Micherlange Francois-Hemsley, a UC Irvine Senior Majoring in African American Studies and minoring in Criminology, discusses her homeschool educational experiences, skills gained during the summer program, excitement about working on the OCS documentary film, and her goal to continue bridging multidisciplinary interests.

Dashia Wright: Unconditional Educational Support (In Their Own Words Series 1 Episode 6)

In this episode, Dashia Wright, U.C. Irvine senior and Psychological Sciences major, reflects on the lack of unconditional support for students. We talk about her childhood educational experiences and she shares the ways The OCS Project provided a much longed-for psychologically and emotionally supportive space to learn.

Chinaenye Ibeanusi: Creating Empowering Spaces (In Their Own Words Podcast Series 1 Episode 5)

Chinaenye Ibeanusi is a UC Irvine junior majoring in Anthropology and minoring in African American Studies. In this episode, Chinaenye discusses her K-12 and UC Irvine educational experiences and the challenges of finding spaces that support and empower Black students. She also reflects on her OCS Project summer experience and the ways in which community was forged.

Alexandria Fakayode: All About Community (In Their Own Words- Series 1 Episode 4)

Alex Fakayode is a UC Irvine Senior and Drama major. In this episode, Alex talks about the joys and challenges of the summer program, her eclectic childhood education, the power of performing arts in education, finding her voice, and finding community during her work with The OCS Project.

Haleigh Marcello: Each One Teach One (In Their Own Words Podcast Series 1 Episode 3)

Haleigh Marcello is a UC Irvine Ph.D. student focusing on the histories of gender and sexuality in the 20th century. Marcello reflects on her educational experience, her work with the BPOCSRC as a graduate fellow and mentor, her strong belief in Each One Teach One, and explores incorporating OCS lessons into educational spaces.

Evelynn Cuautle: Intentional Educational Spaces (In Their Own Words Podcast Series 1 Episode 2)

Evelynn Cuautle is a 2021 University of California @ Irvine graduate who majored in Public Health Policy and minored in Chicana/Latina Studies. In this episode, Evelynn reflects on intentional educational spaces, her educational experience growing up in Orange County, California, her involvement with The OCS Project, and her direction moving forward.

Trinity Hunt-McGuinness: New Directions (In Their Own Words Podcast - Series 1 Episode 1)

Trinity Hunt-McGuinness ‘22, UC Irvine Senior, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major, and African-American Studies minor reflects on her experiences as a Summer 2021 Fellow with the Black Panther Oakland Community School Community Archives, Activism, and Storytelling Research Cluster.

The Black Liberation Movement and Radical Community Education (10.19.2020)

A conversation between ericka huggins, Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest, Damien Sojoyner, and Roderic Crooks, Moderated by Krystal Tribbett. This panel was a part of the UCI Humanities Center Oceans 1619 Project series.


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