Please visit our new BCZ website!

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"Culture is an indispensable weapon in the freedom struggle.“
- Malcolm X

About the Black Cultural Zone (BCZ)

For the past three years, The Black Cultural Zone Collaborative has been working with a coalition of residents, government agencies, churches, and grassroots organizing groups to help keep Black folks in East Oakland. Through a strategy of building power, securing land, and directing more dollars to community driven projects we can secure a foothold in East Oakland that finally allows our neighborhoods to thrive.

Arts and Culture

Using culture as the driving force that can bring community together, the BCZ uplifts and celebrates Black cultural traditions and innovations--stories, blues/jazz/hip hop; dance; theater and visual arts.

The Hub

We are proposing a BCZ Hub site where culture can thrive and where services and supports are available that support mental and physical health, small business development and access to housing resources and opportunities.

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Pictures from BCZ community booth at 2018 Malcolm X Jazz Festival.

​The BCZ envisions:

  • Neighborhoods that are proud to be Black

  • Supporting Black-run businesses

  • Promoting healthy choices and lifestyles

  • Anti-displacement

  • Building a stronger East Oakland

  • Preserving Black arts and culture



Building A Black Cultural Zone
John Jones III On The State Of Oakland 2018
Stay in the Bay Housing Justice Forum Inspired by Legacy of the Black Panther Party

Contact Us

For inquiries and to learn more about the BCZ email us.  

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Beloved Oakland

Thank you for being part of the FIRST Beloved Oakland! We truly appreciate your commitment to building a Black Culture Zone in East Oakland.
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