“You are the ones we’ve been waiting for”

At just 18 years old, Tamam Traci Sims was the on-scene commander of a campaign to end job segregation in San Francisco's hotel industry.  She led 900 demonstrators into the Sheraton Palace Hotel and by the next morning had an agreement by all 35 hotels to hire fairly.
At just 18 years old, Tamam Traci Sims was the on-scene commander of a campaign to end job segregation in San Francisco’s hotel industry. She led 900 demonstrators into the Sheraton Palace Hotel and by the next morning had an agreement by all 35 hotels to hire fairly.

In 1963, Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett praised two young leaders of the United San Francisco Freedom Movement at his annual civic awards with “You are the one’s we’ve been waiting for.  You’ve achieved more in the last two weeks than our methods have in 15 years.”

One of them, Dr. Oba T’Shaka, professor emeritus of black studies at San Francisco State, is an honored guest for the opening of the 7th annual Preserving California Black Heritage conference Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason St.  There will be a screening of “Decision in the Streets”, a film by Harvey Richards about the most extensive and most successful civil rights movement outside the South.

The other object of Goodlett’s praise, Tamam Tracy Moncur, is also featured in the exhibition Students and Scholars Marching for Civil Rights: the 50th anniversary of the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, which will be on display in the hotel.  Register for the conference at blackmoney.com.

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