In December, Councilmember Carroll Fife, alongside councilmember and President Pro Tempore Dan Kalb, introduced legislation recognizing and honoring Earl Marty Price for
his outstanding and dedicated service to the Oakland community.
“Oakland’s Uncle” Earl Marty Price has had a lifelong record of service to the Oakland community through his role as an educator, union organizer, volunteer work and community activism. Mr. Price is a founding member of the Oakland Direct Action Committee, under Mark Comfort, who personally brought the Black Panther name and symbol from Lowndes County, Alabama. Mr. Price ran the 23rd Avenue Community Center and was a lead organizer on the Venceremos Brigade voyages to Cuba in the late 60’s and 70’s. In his role as OUSD teacher and Vice Principal, he worked to guide countless young people toward their higher purpose. Mr. Price also served as a Coach for the Bushrod Soccer Club and the Oakland Babe Ruth Baseball League.
Understanding the critical role of labor organizations in improving the lives of workers and the community at large, Mr. Price was an Organizer for Local 510 Sign & Display union and was a member of the Oakland Education Association Board. Mr. Price is a father of 4 sons, who have followed in his path of service to community; one son is the Principal at Oakland Tech, another teaches Spanish at Montera Middle School, and his other 2 sons are leaders in their respective trade unions. Mr. Price, a beloved member of our community, is currently in hospice care and it is important for us to acknowledge and thank him for his life’s work.
Read the legislation here.