Oakland's Black Flight

at 10:00 AM
Save ArticleSave Article

Failed to save article

Please try again

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