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10th Annual Oscar Grant Vigil: photos and full audio

by Dave Id
Family, friends, and supporters gathered on January 1 at the Fruitvale BART station to mark ten years since Oscar Grant was murdered. (Full audio of the vigil and photos of all speakers below, as well as two video clips.)
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[Photo: Oscar Grant Committee Against Police Brutality banner, Fruitvale Station, 1/1/2019.]


Beyond expressing deep gratitude for everyone who has stood by them and demanded justice for Oscar over the last decade, the family looks forward to the unveiling of a new Oscar Grant mural at the station on March 23, as well as continuing the fight to rename the station and an adjacent street in Oscar's honor.


See also:

A Celebration of the Justice for Oscar Grant Protesters
Without Rebellions and Protests, Oscar Grant Would Have Received Little Justice
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/04/18820105.php

Oscar Grant Honored at Fruitvale BART Station
Oakland Remembers Oscar Grant on Tenth Anniversary of His Murder
https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2019/01/08/18820170.php

Be sure to check out the most comprehensive archive of Justice for Oscar Grant Movement coverage:
§Full audio of vigil
by Dave Id
Listen now:
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(audio 3:49:30)

Times for individual speakers and performers indicated below their photographs.
§Skylar Williams, Oscar Grant's cousin
by Dave Id
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(7:30)
§Pastor Kim
by Dave Id
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(14:30)
§Sandra Eve, Oscar Grant Foundation
by Dave Id
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(16:45)
§Raquel Nicole Jeté
by Dave Id
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(23:00)
§Sister Beatrice X
by Dave Id
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(31:15)
§Pastor Terry Benjamin
by Dave Id
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(36:30)
§Mustafa Muhyee, Basic Ministry
by Dave Id
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(38:30)
§Vejanay
by Dave Id
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(54:30)
§Sharday Efay Adams
by Dave Id
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(1:00:30)
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(1:13:30)

left to right: Cephus Johnson, Darryl Johnson, Bonnie Johnson, and Wanda Johnson

Cephus Johnson reads a letter from Rose Petolina, sister of Sophina Mesa who was Oscar's fiancee and is the mother of Tatiana, recounting Oscar on his final day and events after his murder. Oscar's grandmother Bonnie Johnson speaks with all five of her children present. Oscar's aunt and mother Wanda also speak.
§Donna Smith, Oscar's godmother
by Dave Id
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(1:35:30)
§Video of Cat Brooks
by Dave Id
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(video length 9:29)
§MC Alia Sharrief
by Dave Id
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(1:59:45)
§Mistah F.A.B.
by Dave Id
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(2:07:45)
§Lakita Denise Long
by Dave Id
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(2:18:45)
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(2:28:45)

On stage with Oscar's friends are Jack Bryson, Cephus Johnson, and Tatiana. Carlos Reyes, who was with Oscar on the Fruitvale BART platform in 2009, was not present at the vigil. Oscar's friends Johntue Caldwell and Kris Rafferty were murdered in 2011 and 2016, respectively.
§Video of Oscar Grant's friends
by Dave Id
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(video length 7:24)
§Minister Keith Muhammad, Nation of Islam
by Dave Id
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(2:44:15)
§Bishop Franzo King
by Dave Id
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(2:50:15)
§Tongo Eisen-Martin
by Dave Id
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(3:02:15)
§Russell Maroon Shoatz III
by Dave Id
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(3:06:45)

Russell's father, Russell Maroon Shoatz Jr., member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, has been a political prisoner since 1972: russellmaroonshoats.wordpress.com
§Soul Development singer
by Dave Id
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§Soul Development
by Dave Id
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§Soul Development
by Dave Id
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§Gina Madrid
by Dave Id
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§Soul Development
by Dave Id
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§Soul Development
by Dave Id
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§Jennifer Johns
by Dave Id
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Impressive video and photographic skills. Thank u for posting this.
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