Overcomers With Hope Studios, Inc. (OWH) will hosts its first Stream-A-Thon on Saturday, October 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Liberty Hall-Marcus Garvey Building at 1485 8th Street. Located in West Oakland, the property also houses the Veterans Network, Inc., Healthy Communities, Inc., the Bay Area Black Nurses Assoc. and YAL Streaming Radio.
According to the founder of OWH, Bishop J.E. Watkins, the aim of the Stream-A-Thon hopes to generate funds to retire the buildings mortgage, upgrade the building and promote a public access channel for Oakland.
During the 12-hour Stream-A-Thon, guests can view the live stream, donate and tour the historic site.
“We are extremely excited about this project,” said OWH Studios, Inc. CEO and founder Bishop Pastor J.E. Watkins. “When complete, this hub will allow us, through our myriad of life enrichment programming, to offer a wider range of local residents a second chance to be successful in life.”
According to Watkins, Liberty Hall has been a stronghold in the West Oakland community for over 100 years under a variety of non-profit organizations. Formerly Post 188 of Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), the building was also the home to the Black Pullman Porters, Father Divine and Jubilee West, the Black Panther Breakfast Program and even the first Dollar Store in West Oakland.
Featuring unique Italian architectural highlights and projecting bay windows the site was designated a national landmark in 1989.
Watkins says that although the original partners and programming no longer reside at Liberty Hall, it is in the same spirit of Marcus Garvey that Liberty Hall occupants will continue to provide social change programming to the West Oakland community with the goal to support community growth and sustainability.
“We are proud to have successfully mobilized and empowered hundreds of youth and young adults annually to create their visions through the media arts and help shape their career options. We highly anticipate that the success of this event will ensure future generations a place in the community,” he added.