Champions For Humanity

Josie de la Cruz

Josie de la Cruz

1927 – 1998

Born in Oakland, Josie de la Cruz was a beloved community activist and leader for over 40 years. She founded the Ballet Folklorico, organized huge community wide Posadas (a Mexican Christmas tradition), and won numerous awards for her leadership within the Spanish Speaking Unity Council and Spanish Speaking Citizen’s Foundation. She worked in local schools and libraries, organized community-based projects with the Oakland Museum, helped at La Clinica de la Raza (part of Fruitvale Health Project, Inc.), and was an Oakland City Commissioner. Sanborn Park on Fruitvale Boulevard was changed to Josie de la Cruz Park in her namesake, and the Carmen Flores Community Center within the park was named for her beloved friend and comrade.

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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