Oakland remembers community leader

January 5, 2009 7:31:38 PM PST
A memorial service in Oakland Monday honored the life and legacy of a prominent activist and business leader.

Dr. C. Diane Howell died on December 24th from complications from pneumonia; she was 58.

Howell was the longtime publisher of "Black Business Listings," aimed at promoting African-American businesses in the Bay Area.

Since 1997, Howell also led the Oakland Black Expo, attracting long-standing partnerships with many corporations.

"Her legacy will be her commitment to community, her legacy will be her sense of bringing human beings together; Diane Howell, you didn't die, you just moved to another level," Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said.

Dellums also declared Monday, January 5th, "C. Diane Howell Day" in the city of Oakland.