We're so excited to tell you about the return of BBQ'n While Black this summer. The anticipation around this event I'm sure will prove to make it even better than last year!
As I'm sure you know, last May two of Oakland's beloved influencers was unlawfully harassed for hours by a white female for simply barbecuing at Lake Merritt with their friends and family. This racist woman attempted to imprison and threaten two black men and tarnish the beauty and culture of Oakland gained national attention. While our country has seen an innumerable amount of racially charged acts of violence, this particular micro aggression hit home for us. As life long Oakland residents who have enjoyed many afternoons at the lake with food and family.
What started out as a response to racial injustice has quickly ballooned into a clarion call for love, community, and culture. BBQWB is about people of all races, genders, and places of origin coming together in the spirit of what we call the Real Oakland! We are beyond excited for the second annual BBQWB to lift up the Oakland that we've always known and loved, not the one depicted in last year's media sweep. The Real Oakland; the city of diversity, activism, art, AND GOOD FOOD!
Through these efforts, BBQWB's visibility spread worldwide with coverage from The New York Times, BBC Africa, NewsWeek, CNN, USA Today and a host of others. In addition, BBQ'n While Black won the East Bay Express Best of the Bay Award for Best NEW Cultural Event in 2018
How can YOU help?
Due to the growing size and impact of this event, we need to raise approximately $10,000 to stay in compliance and consideration of all city fees and ordinances. Last year's response was an outpouring of community engagement and this year there is a need for financial support so that we can continue to serve the city the "soul food" it desires!
We thank you in advance for your encouragement and financial support. Thank you for considering partnering with BBQWB this summer.