Champions For Humanity

Dr. Marcus Foster

Dr. Marcus Foster

1923 – 1973

The first African American superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, Dr. Marcus Foster was deeply committed to the power of education and collaboration to strengthen and enrich communities. His tireless, innovative, and practical work drastically improved Oakland’s school system. He stressed the importance of making education relevant to students* life circumstances, and ensured that the arts and team sports remain integral in schools. He was able to speak honestly and openly about racism in education. His legacy is evident throughout the Oakland school system, including the Marcus Foster Education Fund (

About the Monument

The Remember Them Monument is installed in Henry J. Kaiser Park, near 19 th Ave and Telegraph Ave in
Oakland, CA. The bronze monument was cast at Mussi Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, CA. Mario Chiodo
donated his design and sculpturing hours. The Oakland Chamber of Commerce Foundation was the
fiscal sponsor.

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