Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
— Champion of Equal Rights and Social Justice —
“These young Negro...citizens are wondering ‘Where is America’s most talked about democracy. Is it real or is it hypocrisy?’” she wrote in 1939. That same year, Albrier ran for City Council as Berkeley’s first African American woman candidate. She formed organizations to fight for jobs for blacks in local businesses and schools. Her articulate voice and persistence broke down barriers. Albrier used the leadership she earned to serve her passionate
For the rest of her long life, Albrier seized opportunities to fight injustice and inspired others to join her in righting wrongs. As she told one young friend who doubted the power of her own activism: “Your life is really not just our own. You have talents that are needed in today’s world and for the future. You can not stop now.”
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights. A significant historical year for this entry is 1920.
Location. 37° 51.308′ N, 122° 17.004′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Marker is on Park Street. The marker is on the Frances Albrier Community Center in San Pablo Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2800 Park Street, Berkeley CA 94702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rumford's Pharmacy (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Fe Railroad Tracks (approx. ¼ mile away); Exxon Super Service Station (approx. ¼ mile away); Burl Toler, Sr. (approx. ¼ mile away); William Byron Rumford (February 2, 1908 - June 12, 1986) (approx. ¼ mile away); Longfellow School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Reid's Records Historic McGee-Spaulding District (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
Also see . . . Albrier, Frances Mary (1898-1987) - Black Past. In 1938 Frances Mary Albrier became the first woman elected to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee. She also founded the East Bay Women’s Welfare Club whose goal was to get black teachers hired in the Berkeley schools. In 1939 she was the first woman elected to the Berkeley City Council where she led a five-year campaign to hire black teachers. (Submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 685 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on April 24, 2012, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 20, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. 3. submitted on July 16, 2019. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.