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



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