Photos: 2020 Black Joy Parade in Oakland

"The Heat" youth dance group performs at the Black Joy Parade. [Photo: Rasheed Shabazz]

On Sunday, Feb. 24, thousands gathered in downtown Oakland for the third annual Black Joy Parade.

Young and older Black folks alike shared smiles beneath the Oakland sunshine, as floats of dancers, local officials and organizations paraded up Broadway and celebrated black joy. An Oakland Fire Engine could even be heard playing the Hyphy movement anthem, “Tell me When to Go.”

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Rasheed Shabazz is a multimedia storyteller, urban planning historian, and youth development professional based in the Bay Area. He is co-director of Oakland Voices. He recently completed his Masters of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. 

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