A time when we honor icons and their legacies.
When we remember the excellence and the struggle.
When we celebrate the continued success and sacrifices.
Black History is never-ending.
So why confine Black History to one month?
When Black History is made every day.
This is bigger than basketball.
This is about our impact.
This is bigger than our team.
This is about our community.
This year, let’s celebrate beyond 28 days.
This year, let’s make Black History Month, more than a month.
Every Month is Black History MonthFebruary is Black History Month, but who's to say that we can't honor black history every month?
"My Sin is My Skin" by Ralph WalkerDubs Director of Team Security Ralph Walker shares a poem he wrote on how the color of skin creates its own challenges in life.
Definition Series: Privilege"I think people who have privilege, should use their privilege to help others, and bring other people up." The Warriors discuss what "privilege" means to them.
What Racial Equity Means to the DubsThe Warriors discuss what racial equity means to them.
What Black Girl Magic Means to the DubsStephen Curry and Draymond Green share what black girl magic means to them.
What Black Joy Means to the Golden State Warriors“Black Excellence, it’s powerful. It’s game-changing in terms of creating legacy.”
Growing Up Black in AmericaA panel discussion addressing stories of racism and the current social climate.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965This federal legislation prohibits racial discrimination in voting. More than 55 years later, however, voting suppression is on the rise.
National Parents' DayThe Warriors celebrate National Parents' Day by hosting a virtual storytime with Meena Harris, author of the children's book 'Kamala and Maya's Big Idea.'
Honoring Juneteenth155 years after the abolition of slavery in the United States, the fight for equality continues. This Juneteenth, let's reflect on our history and unite in moving beyond it.
Mike Brown on the Impact of COVID-19Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown discusses the impact the COVID-19 virus has had in the Bay Area, especially among the Black population.
Panel Discussion: Being Black TodayRos Gold-Onwude discusses approach to Black History of Month, athletes and activism and more with Warriors coaches Jarron Collins, Aaron Miles and Mike Brown.
Mahershala AliMahershala Ali is an award-winning actor and poet from Oakland, California. After attending St. Mary’s College on a basketball scholarship, he shifted his focus from sports to the arts. His prolific career is full of memorable performances in theatre, television and film. He recently became the first Muslim American actor ever to win an Academy Award, and the first Black actor to win two Academy Awards in the same category.
Maya AngelouPoet, writer, editor, singer and civil rights activist were just a few of the many hats that Maya Angelou wore. She worked a series of odd jobs in her young adulthood before embracing her writing career that would span over 50 years, and would include essays, poetry, plays, movies, television shows and seven celebrated autobiographies that purposefully challenged the common structure. After moving to Oakland at 14, she also became the first Black female cable car conductor in San Francisco at age 16.
Ella BakerElla Baker was one of the heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Baker spent nearly half a century working as an activist and organizer, often setting the agenda for groups such as the NAACP, the SCLC and the SNCC. Often referred to as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” Baker’s legacy lives on through today's leaders, as well as institutions such as Oakland’s own Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
Josephine BakerJosephine Baker was an entertainer, activist, and one of the most successful American artists of the legendary French arts scene of “roaring” 1920s. From her humble beginnings in St. Louis, Missouri to her involvement in the Harlem Renaissance, Josephine Baker continued to break boundaries and make history wherever she landed, including serving as a World War II spy, Civil Rights activist and being the first Black woman ever to star in a major motion picture.
Delilah BeasleyA historian and newspaper columnist, Delilah Beasley was the first African-American woman to be published regularly in a major metropolitan newspaper. She wrote for the Oakland Tribune and was the first to present written proof of the existence of California's black pioneers. She detailed the racial problems in California and the heroic achievements by Blacks to overcome them during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Willie BrownWillie Brown was the first African-American mayor of San Francisco and the first African-American speaker of the California State Assembly. Before emerging as a leader of the Democratic Party, Brown graduated from San Francisco State University and pursued a career in litigation and politics. He is widely remembered as one of San Francisco’s most notable majors, with a tenure marked by economic expansion, city beautification and increased diversity within his administration.
Glenn BurkeA player for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, Glenn Burke was the first MLB player to come out as gay during his professional career. Burke was a highly scouted star in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system before being called up to the major league club in 1976. He is widely credited with inventing the high-five in 1977, along with his teammate at the time, Dusty Baker.
Octavia ButlerOctavia Butler is one of the most revered science fiction writers in history. Alienated in school because of her shyness and slight dyslexia, Octavia found comfort in the imaginative worlds within books that she read at her local library in Pasadena, CA. She became the first science-fiction writer to receive the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Her visionary novels have continued to gain a cult following, influencing generations of future artists, thinkers and movements, including Afro-Futurism.
Shirley ChisholmShirley Chisholm was the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress and the first Black woman to ever seek the nomination for the president of the United States. Throughout her career, she worked as an advocate for women and minorities during her seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her vision and leadership has paved the way for future generations of women working in civic service and politics.
Bessie ColemanIn 1921, Bessie Coleman was the first African American and Native American woman to earn a pilot’s license. Since there were no flight training opportunities for women or African American’s in the United States at the time, Bessie worked, saved and got sponsorships to go to France for flight school. Also known as Brave Bessie, she flew as a show and stunt pilot before audiences in churches, schools, and theaters to spark the interest of African Americans in flight.
Claudette ColvinNine months before Rosa Parks rejected a bus driver’s request to move, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus. She was one of the five plaintiffs in the court case of Browder v Gayle, the results of which declared bus segregation in Alabama unconstitutional. She had high hopes of one day becoming president of the United States.
Angela DavisAn activist, educator, philosopher and author, Angela Davis was a major figure in the prison abolition movement. She joined several political groups including the Black Panther Party and has lectured heavily around the Bay Area. She credits the stem of her political involvement to Girl Scouts of the United States of America where she marched and picketed to protest racial segregation in her hometown, Birmingham.
Haben GirmaHaben Girma is a human rights lawyer whose work focuses on advancing disability justice. She is the first Deafblind person ever to graduate from Harvard Law School. The Bay Area native is also the author of a bestselling memoir, which recounts stories of her parents’ homes in Eritrea and Ethiopia and covers her journey to becoming an international lecturer, consultant and activist.
Miss Major Griffin-GracyA trans woman activist and community leader for transgender rights and the rights of women of color, Griffin-Gracy moved to the Bay Area in the mid ‘90s. She served on multiple HIV/AIDS organizations and emerged as an advocate for marginalized people. Griffin-Gracy has participated in activism for a wide range of causes through her lifetime, including the perilous 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.
Florence Griffith JoynerMore popularly known as Flo-Jo, Florence Griffith-Joyner set the world records for both the 100m and 200m dash in 1988. She was also known for her bold style and nails and was given an opportunity to design the 1989 uniforms for the Indiana Pacers. For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we’d like to honor the fastest woman of all time.
Kamala HarrisKamala D. Harris is the 49th and current Vice President of the United States. She was elected after a successful career in public service, including serving as District Attorney of San Francisco, Attorney General and United States Senator. She was born in Oakland, California to parents who emigrated from India and Jamaica. Vice President Kamala Harris is the United States’ first female Vice President, the highest-ranking female official in United States history, the first African American and first Asian American ever to be elected Vice President.
Etta JamesEtta James is one of the most legendary singers in American history. Known for her timeless soul, blues and gospel performances, Etta James overcame considerable adversity in her early years, transforming herself into a unique, genre-bending force of an artist, eventually earning six Grammy Awards and 17 Blues Music Awards over the course of her illustrious career. Etta James was born in Los Angeles and spent a portion of her early years performing in San Francisco night clubs. Songs like “I’d Rather Go Blind” and “At Last” still remain as timeless as they day they were recorded.
Sargent Claude JohnsonSargent Claude Johnson was a multi-disciplinary visual artist known for his sophisticated pieces and experimentation with lithography. After studying at the California School of Fine Arts in the early 1900s, he would eventually become the first African-American in California to receive national reputation for his artwork. Johnson worked as a painter, potter, ceramicist, printmaker, graphic designer, and sculptor.
K.C. JonesK.C. Jones was a Hall-of-Fame point guard who achieved the highest levels of success both as a player and a coach. After attending the University of San Francisco, Jones went on to play for the Boston Celtics, where he won eleven of his twelve champions as a player and coach. He is one of only three NBA players with a perfect 8-0 record in the NBA Finals and the only African-American coach other than Bill Russell to have won multiple NBA championships.
Willie MaysWillie Mays is widely recognized as one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. His legendary, 22-season career included playing for the New York/San Francisco Giants and the New York Mets. Excelling at both batting and fielding, he’s also considered one of the best all-around players to ever play the game of baseball.
Huey NewtonCo-founder of the Black Panther Party, Huey Newton, became involved in politics during his time at Merritt College in Oakland. After graduating high school without being able to read, Huey taught himself literacy by reading Plato's Republic. Before founding the BPP, Huey Newton joined the Afro-American Association and played a role in getting the first African-American history course adopted as part of the college's curriculum.
Mary Ellen PleasantDubbed “The Mother of Human Rights in California”, Mary Ellen Pleasant was an abolitionist who helped bring the Underground Railroad to California. She leveraged financial gossip to amass a fortune and used that to support those brought in through the Underground Railroad. She also supported the Harper’s Ferry slave uprising and fought for the desegregation of street cars in San Francisco after being expelled from one in 1866.
Bill RussellFive-time NBA MVP and 12-time All-Star Bill Russell has had a legendary run in basketball. With 11 NBA Championships and a 13 year career, Bill Russell was the first African American coach in North American professional sports and the first to win a championship. After playing on his high school team in Oakland, he got a scholarship to USF where he snagged 2 NCAA championships and became the seventh-best high-jumper in the world in 1956.
Bobby SealePolitical activist Bobby Seale, went to Merritt College in Oakland to study engineering but became more interested in American Black history once there. He met Huey Newton through the Afro-American Association and together founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. Under their leadership, the party created over 60 community support programs including the Free Breakfast for Children program which fed thousands of impoverished children daily during the 1970s.
Willie StargellWillie Stargell began his Hall-of-Fame career playing high school baseball in Alameda before becoming the first and currently only player to win the NL MVP, the NL Championship Series MVP Award and the World Series MVP Award in one season.He led the Pittsburgh Pirates to two World Series Championships in 1971 and 1979. In addition to his powerful impact on the field, Willie was widely respected by his teammates and peers, creating a father figure status that earned him the nickname “Pops.”
Sly StoneSylvester Stewart, better known by his stage name Sly Stone, is a musician, songwriter, and producer who is most famous for his role as frontman for Sly and the Family Stone. Raised in Vallejo, Sly Stone was identified as a musical prodigy and had become proficient on the keyboards by seven, and had mastered the guitar, bass, and drums as well by the age of eleven. He worked as a disc-jockey and record producer in San Francisco and went on to play a critical role in the development of soul, funk, rock, and psychedelia in the 1960s and 1970s.
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman was the first and only woman to lead a military expedition during the Civil War. With a disability, she led an expedition of 150 soldiers and rescued over 700 former slaves. As we celebrate National Freedom Day, honoring the abolishment of slavery, we’re proud to highlight one of the bravest and most visionary leaders in American history.
Portion of Sales Proceeds from Warriors Black History Month Shirt to Support the Black CommunityProceeds will be donated to the Warriors Community Foundation’s annual grant program, which supports several local organizations that serve, support and uplift the Black community in the Bay Area. » Purchase T-Shirt | Read More
Warriors Tip Off Celebrations for Black History Month Presented by ChaseActivations are scheduled throughout February and beyond to highlight Black history and culture. » Read More