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Sitting on a once-vacant lot near Eastmont Mall, the newly opened UMOJA Outdoor Roller Skating Rink at Liberation Park rings alive with the hum of quad skates and the deep bass of funk music.
“The skating community has a specific music that they like,” said Carolyn Johnson, CEO of the Black Cultural Zone and the driving force behind the rink’s creation. “Still getting used to that.”
First opened last Juneteenth (June 19), the project is a joint effort of the Black Cultural Zone, the East Oakland community development organization that founded and manages Liberation Park, and David Miles Jr., the owner of San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels, also known as the Bay Area’s “Godfather of Skate.”
At a time when skaters of all stripes are calling on the city to …….