Amid whoops and cheers and a cacophony of car horns, Oaklanders came out to celebrate the election victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the Grand Ave and Lakeshore Ave area and around Lake Merritt.
Americans historically elected the first woman, Black, and Asian Vice President. Kamala Harris was born in Oakland and launched her bid for the presidency in Oakland in 2019.
Car caravans created traffic jams but unfazed celebrants flashed signs and waved from sunroofs. Some banged pots and pans together. Motorcyclists zoomed down the avenues flashing pride flags. On the street, people opened bottles of champagne, toasted each other, and danced to music on boom boxes. Everyone wore a face mask. And a jubilant good time was had by all.
Howard Dyckoff has lived in Oakland for over 40 years and has been involved with many community groups, including Oakland Digital and Oakland Local, Block by Block, the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA), and CBE. A Brooklyn, New York, transplant, and an Aerospace Engineering graduate of NY Polytechnic, Howard also attended Laney College, where he wrote for the Laney Tower newspaper and was elected editor. Howard also attended the Starr King School at the Theological Union in Berkeley.
He has served as the Berkeley Free Clinic’s Outreach Coordinator, and also worked as an information technology professional at Chevron, Sybase, and Wells Fargo. He worked in both the 2010 and 2020 Census. Howard has been a regular contributor to Oakland Local and online publications such as TechTarget and Linux Gazette and currently writes for Oakland Voices. He currently does event photography and portraiture around the Bay Area.
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