By Conway Jones
Oakland Centurion Ruth Villa is celebrating her 104th birthday this month.
Even thought she never thought that she would live to see a Black family occupy the White House, she is now pleased that the Obama family is making America proud and is an inspiration to our youth, especially Blacks, to achieve spiritually and educationally.
Ruth was born in Louisiana, but moved to Oakland as a child. She spent her life trying to work for equality and justice for all. When she learned of the Black Panthers, she went up to one of the organizers, and asked how she could help. Eventually she became known as the Mother of the party,
She started attending Glide Methodist Church in San Francisco over 40 years ago and has been an active member of the church ever since. She was responsible for the food program which now serves over a million meals a year.
She belonged to many civic organizations including League of Women Voters. She has received many awards including the California Women of Color award and the WAVE award.
Her family, many friends, and the POST newspaper wish her a very Happy Birthday.