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 & 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