Oakland, CA – On Saturday, December 3rd, 2022, a unique celebration of sports, culture, and social justice will come to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). As part of their End of Season Celebration and in honor of Oakland’s unique place at the intersection of social and cultural revolution, ‘Rooted in Power,’ will be co-hosted by Oakland Roots, Oakland Soul (the women’s team coming in 2023), and the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation.
The event will include a panel discussion moderated by Ameer Hasan Loggins featuring social activists Fredrika Newton, Dr. Nas Mohamed, Abbas Muntaqim, Delency Parham, and Dania Cabello. The evening will also include Oakland Roots’ End of Season Celebration, including music, entertainment, awards, and fundraisers.
“Our foundation has long known and explored the different ways in which we can share the rich history of the Black Panther Party through art, education and activism,” said Fredrika Newton, president and co-founder of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation. “Our collaboration with the Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul has been both unforeseen and extraordinary. From enriching programs like ‘Rooted in Power’ to the incredible jerseys that were created with the All Power to the People Project LLC, we applaud these organizations and have immense gratitude for our collective work.”
‘Rooted in Power’ will also feature the debut of an iconic jersey collaboration between Roots and Soul, their new sports apparel partner MEYBA, the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, and the All Power to the People Project LLC. The jersey will be unveiled live at the event for the very first time. A percentage of proceeds of all future purchases of the jersey will go towards helping to support the Foundation’s mission; ‘to preserve the history, legacy and ideals of the Black Panther Party and its co-founder Dr. Huey P. Newton.’
“We could not be more excited to launch our partnership with MEYBA by collaborating with the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation and the All Power to the People Project LLC on jerseys that not only help preserve Oakland’s culture and history, but push the boundaries for what soccer apparel can mean,” said Roots and Soul Chief Marketing Officer, Edreece Arghandiwal.
‘Rooted in Power’ is free to the public. Tickets to the panel portion of the ‘Rooted in Power’ are available for purchase now and include entry to the End of Season Celebration that is open to the public in the OMCA Garden.
“History has shown that we do things differently in Oakland. For decades, The Town has been at the forefront of activism, social justice, and community empowerment; it should be no surprise this legacy appears in all aspects of Oakland life, including our sports,” said Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO of Oakland Museum of California. “We’re thrilled to host this special event in partnership with our neighbors Oakland Roots, Oakland Soul and our new neighbor, the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, and to celebrate the launch of their new jerseys that symbolize what makes Oakland so special and so powerful.”
5:00 PM Doors open at 50 Tenth St. for General Admission and General Admission plus Panel Discussion ticket holders
5:30 PM Panel Discussion @ OMCA James Moore Theater (Tickets available for purchase)
6:30 PM Garden – End of Year Party (Free to public)
6:45 PM Jersey Unveil
7:00 PM Fundraising and Award Ceremonies
8:30 PM Event Concludes
About Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul
Oakland Roots and Oakland Soul Sports Club seeks to harness the magic of Oakland and the power of sport as a force for social good. Whether on the pitch, in the stands, or within the community, Oakland Roots will represent our one-of-a-kind city with passion, pride, and commitment to all things Oakland. Player by player. Supporter by supporter. Resident by resident. One day at a time. One game at a time. This is about Oakland first, always.
About the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation
The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the true legacy and ideals of the Black Panther Party. Since 1995, the Foundation has commissioned public art and created education tools to inspire and inform real social, economic and political change. The Foundation is the number one source for historical preservation and archival collections for people seeking the truth about the Black Panther Party. The Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was co-founded by Fredrika Newton and is based in Oakland, CA, the birthplace of the Black Panther Party. Follow the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation on Instagram: @hueypnewtonfoundation.
About the All Power to the People Project LLC
All Power to the People Project LLC exists to inspire and empower each generation by creating a modern relevant product range that communicates the history and global impact of the Black Panther Party, while inspiring the current generation to find their own voice and path to create a better world. Through the use of the original trademark from the Dr. Huey P. Newton Estate, the All Power to the People Project LLC seeks to preserve the authenticity & legacy of the Black Panther Party and Dr. Huey P Newton. All Power to the People Project LLC is co-owned by two black women, Fredrika Newton and Rachel Konte.
About the Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) tells the many stories that comprise California, creating the space and context for greater connection, trust, and understanding between people. Through its inclusive exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives, and cultural events, OMCA brings Californians together and inspires greater understanding about what our state’s art, history, and natural surroundings teach us about ourselves and each other. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA brings together its multidisciplinary collections of art, history, and natural science with first-person accounts and often untold narratives of California, all within its 110,000 square feet of gallery space and seven-acre campus. The Museum is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage for visitors from the region, the state, and around the world.