Since today is the national holiday honoring Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., I searched for photos honoring the civil rights leader. I did not need to search far into my archive. Last January, Oakland, California’s High Street Coalition organized the Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. “Take Back High Street March.”
More than one hundred marchers met at the site of a recent fatal shooting on High Street near MacArthur Avenue and ended at the Miracles of Faith Community Church. During the march, community members cleaned the neighborhood and protest crime. Local media and political leaders attended the event.
The High Street Coalition connects neighbors from three local police beats that border High Street. The three organizers are Cheryl Golden, (Chair of the Allendale Park Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council) Krista Gulbransen, (former Chair of the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council) and Preston Turner (Chair of the Melrose/High Hopes Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council).