Oakland's Black Flight

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The Black population of Oakland has declined nearly 25 percent in the past decade, and for children, the rate is even higher. The decline of African-Americans in cities is a national trend. Why are African-Americans leaving, and what does it mean for Oakland?

As part of Forum's "Our Changing Communities" series on the results of the 2010 census, we take a close look at Oakland.


Malo Hutson, assistant professor of city and regional planning at UC Berkeley

Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, an Oakland-based non-profit dedicated to advancing economic and social equity and author of books including "Uncommon Common Ground: Race and America's Future"

Allen Fernandez Smith, president and CEO of Urban Habitat, and Oakland based non-profit focusing on regional issues affecting low-income communities and communities of color

Margaret Gordon, Oakland Port commissioner, co-director of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project and longtime West Oakland resident