Tarea Hall Pittman (1903 - July 31, 1991) was a civil rights leader who fought to abolish segregation in the Oakland Fire Department; was President of the CSACWC; organized branches of the National Negro Congress; for 45 years hosted the radio program Negroes in the News on KDIA radio station in Oakland, California; served in various important positions with the NAACP; fought to force war industries to hire African American workers during World War II; and was a lobbyist for passage of Fair Employment legislation in California and other states.
Her husband William R. Pittman was the first African American dentist in Berkeley.
In 2015, after a receiving a community petition of more than a thousand signatures, the Berkeley library board voted to rename the South Branch Berkeley Library after Tarea Hall Pittman.
Links and References
Image(s) used by permission of the UC Berkeley, Bancroft Library
Tarea Hall Pittman BlackPast.org
- NAACP Official and Civil Rights Worker Earl Warren Oral History Project
- Berkeley library board reverses course, recommends renaming branch after late civil rights activist Oakland Tribune May 8, 2015