Gregory B. Lewis, a Youth Institute and Oakland Community Student School student from 1971-1979, reflects on the significance and impact of OCS on his life.
(July 2018 Interview. Copyright 2018 Angela D. LeBlanc-Ernest.)
Erica Watkins attended Oakland Community School from 1978-1981. Watkins appears in this 1979 Group M class photo. Watkins is standing in the back row, third student from the right.
(Image taken from the 1979 OCS Memory Book. Courtesy Erica Watkins.)
The students at Oakland Community School were surrounded by sound and music. It was a soundscape of their OCS experience. Listen to this ten minute sampling of songs The Youth Institute band performed at events, or that the students either listened to, danced to, or sang during school performances over the years.
(This list was curated by Angela LeBlanc-Ernest from Black Panther Newspaper articles, graduation souvenir books, and from personal interviews with students, parents, and teachers.)