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timeline of Sidney Dearing's recognition in Piedmont:

  • 1926-2000:

    • 1997: Rhomberg, Christopher David. Social Movements in a Fragmented Society: Ethnic, Class and Racial Mobilization in Oakland, California, 1920-1970. United States, University of California, Berkeley, 1997. [Link]

  • 1926-2010:

    • 2007: Rhomberg, Chris. No There There: Race, Class, and Political Community in Oakland. United Kingdom, University of California Press, 2007. [Link]

  • 2019 - 2020:

    • 2019: Meghan Bennett starts researching racism in Piedmont

    • 2019: Montojo, Moore and Mauri. Roots, Race, & Place A History of Racially Exclusionary Housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. Haas Institute. October 2, 2019 [Link]

    • Callan, W. (2020). One hundred and thirteen years ago, Piedmont declared independence. But the town’s special character was shaped long before that, Piedmont Exedra, January 25, 2020. [Meghan's (M) comment at bottom of the page referencing Sidney Dearing]

    • Blog: Malik, I A. (2020). Why Is There Another City Inside Of Oakland? MAR 12, 2020. [Coverage of Sidney Dearing, his house and redlining]

    • May 26, 2020: George Floyd protests begin. 

    • June 15, 2020Meghan Bennett launches

    • Blog: Donahoe, T. (2020) Day 116 – Piedmont’s First Black Homeowner, July 9, 2020.

    • Katsuyama, J. (2020) Piedmont to fly Black Lives Matter flag, council to review policies for discrimination, KTVU FOX 2, August 4, 2020

    • Symkowick, M (2020). Uncovering Dearing: How Piedmont’s first Black homeowner was run out of town, and the lingering effects on the city’s history, Piedmont ExedraSeptember 15, 2020.

    • Lindenaum, Jill (2020). Newly created PREC explores link between housing, racism, Piedmont Post, September 23, 2020. (Piedmont's paper newspaper's first mention of Sidney, via letter to the editor buried on page 30 of 32)

    • Aleksey, A. (2020). New diversity advocacy group tackles housing equity in Piedmont, Piedmont Post, September 30, 2020. (Piedmont's paper newspaper mentions Sidney on page 32 of 34)

    • Bowers, J. (2020). Message from Piedmont’s Police Chief, Piedmont Post, October 14, 2020. (Piedmont's paper newspaper finally mentions Sidney through Piedmont Police Chief Jeremy Bowers' message on page 2, under Opinions - not the last few pages of the newspaper.)

    • Troyer, Pellissier and Lee (2020). Where We Came From … Where We’re Going, Piedmont Highlander (PHS Newspaper), October 21, 2020. 

    • Symkowick and Levinson. (2020) After Dearing: Residential segregation and the ongoing effects on Piedmont, Piedmont Exedra,  October 27, 2020.

    • Symkowick and Levinson. (2020) A ‘full, layered, textured’ story: Being Black in Piedmont today, Piedmont ExedraDecember 22, 2020.

  • 2021:

    • Ravani, S (2021). Piedmont residents wrestle with how to add more housing to exclusive enclave, San Francisco ChronicleMay 20, 2021.

    • Phillips, J (2021). An affluent East Bay city chased out its first Black homeowner a century ago - and still hasn't atoned, San Francisco ChronicleJune 13, 2021.

    • Lombardi, G. (2021) Commentary | Sidney Dearing and racism in Piedmont, Piedmont Exedra,  July 13, 2021. 

      • This was the first and only time the president of the Piedmont Historical Society wrote about Sidney Dearing in any Piedmont newspaper. A year after Black Lives Matter protests started in Piedmont and at least 10 articles later, the Piedmont Historical Society writes about Piedmont History again. Was this an epistemic injustice that could no longer be hidden? Was the historical society forced to write this? Why did it take a year to write about this history?​ What is so different about this history than the plethora of other articles that have been written about Piedmont history?

    • Kang, J C (2022). When a School Desegregates, Who Gets Left Behind? New York TimesMarch 10, 2022.

    • Richards, S (2022). City seeks to memorialize the Sidney Dearing family, Piedmont ExedraMay 17, 2022.

    • Aleksey, A (2022). Park Commission subcommittee to memorialize Dearing family, Piedmont Post, June 8, 2022.

Additional articles on Piedmont's past racism
  • “Caucasian student unions” at PHS (1995 & 2003)
  • Racist fliers for measures (1990)
  • Racist graffiti at PHS (1999)
  • Our past MAYOR who felt comfortable to post these on his facebook (2017):
    •  "Black Lives Matter encourages cop killing,"
    • "Democrats are the plantation slave masters of today''
    • and "Transgenders are mentally ill."
    • (he was forced to resign and eventually moved to the state of Georgia)
  • A dance formation in the shape of a swastika, Nazi salutes in the hallways. (2017)
  • Neighbors calling the police when their neighbor opens his 4 Million dollar mansion to a homeless couple (2019)
  • A woman publicly complaining to a Piedmont realtor about "so many damned Asians moving into Piedmont and ruining the town." (2020, nextdoor app)
  • Many Black Lives Matter signs being stolen and targeted on Oakland Avenue (2020)
  • N word graffiti in the Linda Beach playfield (elementary school) bathroom (2022)
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