Hearing Room 1: 3:15—4:30pm

Though “the working class” is often treated as a unified monolith in national conversation, how have racial and cultural identities shaped and distinguished political and working class movements in the East Bay? Two historians and a novelist discuss how a closer view of communities in Richmond, Oakland, and San Leandro may reveal new understandings of class identity.

A professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley, WALDO MARTIN JR. is the coauthor of Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, among other publications.

SHIRLEY ANN WILSON MOORE, Professor Emerita of History at California State University, Sacramento, is the author of To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910–1963, and coeditor with Quintard Taylor of African American Women Confront the West, 1600–2000.

FRED SETTERBERG is the author most recently of Sam Maloof: 36 Views of a Master Woodworker. His earlier book Lunch Bucket Paradise is set in 1950s San Leandro.

An associate professor at Fordham University, moderator CHRIS RHOMBERG (No There There: Race, Class and Political Community in Oakland) writes on urban and political sociology, race and ethnicity, labor and labor movements, and historical methods.