Join us to celebrate Old Merritt College (Grove Street College) and the birth of the Black Panther Party on Oct. 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Oakland
by Elbert ‘Big Man’ Howard
Grove Street College, which was also at other times named North Peralta Community College and Merritt College, was opened in 1954 at what is now 5714 Martin Luther King Jr. Way in North Oakland. This two-year community college served a student body which consisted mostly of poor, disenfranchised Blacks in the surrounding flatlands of Oakland.
Many of these people were older than 30 years