10 Years Later: Oscar Grant's Legacy Continues to Inspire Artists and Activists

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Wanda Johnson (C), whose son Oscar Grant was fatally shot in 2009 by a police officer in Oakland, California, stands with others during a Mothers Against Police Brutality candle light vigil in front of the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, December 10, 2014. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

In the early hours of January 1, 2009, Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot at Oakland's Fruitvale Station by a BART Police officer. His death sparked widespread outrage and grief around the Bay Area. Grant's untimely death also galvanized many, including his family, activists and artists to take action.

Forum remembers Oscar Grant and talks with some of the people his life and death inspired. And we want to hear from you: What do you wish you could tell Oscar Grant?


Cephus Johnson, Oscar Grant's uncle

Pendarvis "Pen" Harshaw, columnist, KQED Arts; author, "OG Told Me"

Lateefah Simon, president, Akonadi Foundation; BART board member representing District 7

Rev. Dereca Blackmon, spiritual activist; assistant vice provost, Stanford

Mistah FAB, rapper

Krea Gomez, community organizer; director, Young Women’s Freedom Center; board member, BART Police Citizen Review Board