Even considering closing Oakland libraries infuriates many

Oakland Tribune – “Henry Delton Williams was outraged when he heard that the African American Museum and Library at Oakland could be on the chopping block under one of three budget scenarios proposed by Mayor Jean Quan. Williams designed costumes for Motown and Hollywood stars, and was one of the first in the Bay Area to sell traditional African dashikis and African clothing in the 1960s. His store, the Original Brothers on the corner of 18th Street and San Pablo Avenue, pioneered designs to fit the new black pride movement and notions of “Black is beautiful.”

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