Barney Hilburn was the first black man to hold elected office in Oakland. He was elected to the Board of Education from School District 3 on April 21st, 1959.1 He was considered influential in the hiring of Marcus Foster, Oakland Unified School District's first black superintendent. Hilburn passed away in 1990.2

 

References

1. "Berkley Gets to Run-Off in Oakland." Los Angeles Tribune, 5/1/1959

2. Obituary for Barney Hilburn, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 9/27/1990