A group of high school students from Lake Avenue Church has embarked on a weeklong exploration and investigation of California and US history of race relations. We’ve spent the last few days in Oakland and San Francisco – some highlights include discussion of the Black Panther Party and police brutality, genocide of Native American groups (literal and cultural), migrant labor and abuse of Latinx workers, and Asian American heritage (immigration through Angel Island and yellow peril, and then today’s “model minority” phenomenon). When I have time to sit down and write more, I will, but for now – some photos! Students seem to be having a great time exploring the area and bonding with one another, and are really feeling challenged wrestling with histories they were never taught. Please pray for our teens (and adults) as we seek understanding and seek God in the midst of this.
Our guide, Dominique, talking to us a bit about the start of the Black Panther movement.
Students listening attentively.
Students investigating a paper mural of a black panther.
In the original BP meeting space.
Investigating some local art.
Where the Black Panther movement began, and where they held their early meetings.
Visiting the “Remember Them” monuments.
L to R: Rosa Parks, Ralph David Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr., Coretta Scott King.
Ruby Bridges, the first child to desegregate William Frantz Elementary in Louisiana.
Part of the Monument’s dedication/inscription.
Dominique talking to us on the bus.
Janet teaching our students about some of the trials Native Americans faced, including the boarding school system.
Me, editing these pictures.
Meeting with our sister Bianca, who taught us about some of the trials faced by and history of Asian Americans.
Students read about sigificant people or events in Asian American history and then taught each other.
Presenting what they learned.
Headed to Angel Island
Enjoying the Ferry ride!
Golden Gate Bridge sighting!
Playing cards on the ferry.
Golden Gate Bridge, again.
Taking a selfie
Hiking up to the Immigration Station on Angel Island.
Alcatraz and flag.
Sofia’s first beignets!
Headed to dinner in San Francisco.
Enjoying dessert at Ghirardelli.
Discussion and movie with Dom – will update this section soon…
Will update this section with pictures soon…