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A Day Late in Oakland

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On August 2, 2007, in Oakland, California, a journalist was murdered as he walked to his downtown newsroom. The next morning, more than 200 police launched a pre-dawn raid on Your Black Muslim Bakery, a long-standing business and religious organization in the city. They suspected some members of the group to be involved in the killing.

Chauncey Bailey's murder quickly became the most high-profile killing of an American journalist in more than 30 years. He was looking into the bakery's financial troubles and was writing a series of stories for the Oakland Post, the city's largest African-American weekly, when he was gunned down on the streets of Oakland. Bailey's byline appeared on many articles about the bakery over the years. But now, his name and that of Your Black Muslim Bakery are forever linked in the city's history.

A Day Late in Oakland is the story of two men and their visions for Oakland's African-American community. Bailey sought to bring attention to and raise awareness in the black community through the press. Yusuf Bey, Your Black Muslim Bakery's founder, was a charismatic community leader who preached a doctrine of empowerment and self-sufficiency. Mixing interviews with archival footage, photographs, news clippings, and public documents, the film follows their lives and the evolution of the bakery, from their common roots, to their troubling intersection.

A Day Late in Oakland is not a story of an investigation or hunt for a suspect. Rather, it's a look at layers of history, racism, politics, and power. It's a search for understanding how a murder like Bailey's can happen in 21st century America in the first place.

[Original air date: Fri, Aug 06, 2010]

This program is not currently scheduled for broadcast.

Filmmaker Profiles:

Zachary Stauffer

Read more about Zachary Stauffer, filmmaker of A Day Late in Oakland.


A Day Late in Oakland: Crew & Credits

A film by
Zachary Stauffer

Hyun Oh
Taylor Pipes
Brian Pollack

Sean Aronson
Erin FitzGerald
Carola Mamberto
Duane Moles
Mariama Nance
Adithya Sambamurthy
Clayton Worfolk

Additional Camera
Erin FitzGerald
Carola Mamberto
Mariama Nance

Judy Richardson

Jen Wang

Jon Else
Jean-Philippe Boucicaut
Stanley Nelson
Benjamin Bowser
Ula Taylor

Technical Advisers
Karen Everett
Kean Sakata

Bryan Welch

Archival material courtesy of
WJBK News, New World Communications Detroit, Inc.
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Bay Area News Group
East Bay Express
The Globe Newspaper Group
Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley
Hayward Area Historical Society
Marian M. Jackmon Foundation
National Archives
New America Media
Eddie Abrams
Stan Booker Soul Beat Archive
Pauline Bartolone
Errol Cooley
Robin Hardin
Patty Sullivan
Z'ma Wyatt

Thanks to
The Chauncey Bailey Project
Catherine Beer
Lowell Bergman
Cecily Burt
Bob Butler
Chrysler Elementary School
Patrick Coleman
Bestor Cram
Reginald Duhe
Rob Gunnison
Neil Henry
Dale Jenne
Sue Ellen McCann
Derrick Nesbitt
Laura Oda
Oakland Film Office
Cliff Parker
Lara Paukovits
Nathan Paukovits
Thomas Peele
Kathleen Richards
Fred Robinson
Robert Rosenthal
Brian Samuels
Amy Marie Smith
Dianne Stauffer
Jack Stauffer
Thomas Stauffer
Leonard Stephens
Steve Talbot
Sue Taylor
Marlena Telvick
Heather Tuggle
Matt Winick
Vernon Whitmore
Bryant Woods
Patricia Woods
Kurt Zimmerman

Made possible in part by a grant from
Margaret and Will Hearst
Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley

Produced in the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley.

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