On February 25, the first annual Black Joy Parade took over a span of eight blocks in downtown Oakland, focusing on the black experience. Over 14,000 people were in attendance, including local artists, musicians, two-time Olympic gold medalist Ruthie Bolton, and Oakland Mayor, Libby Schaaf. The streets were full of the sounds of cheering and dancing, and the song being played through all the speakers was “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars. To learn more about the parade and hear from the people who were there, click the button below to listen to the audio piece.
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