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Port Chicago Education Program

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Port Chicago Education Program was developed by Port Chicago Alliance to ensure public middle and high school students in the East San Francisco Bay Area have access to books and resources to learn the history of Port Chicago Naval Magazine and the legacy of the heroes of Port Chicago.

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How to Contribute

Contributions can be made by purchasing items from Port Chicago Alliance's Shop, which sells Port Chicago-related merchandise honoring the heroism of the Sailors of Port Chicago.

All merchandise is manufactured and shipped through RedBubble, where every item purchased yields the Education Program revenue amounting to 20% of the sales price. Not only does purchasing this merchandise raise awareness for this important history, but 100% of the profit goes toward purchasing books for donation to schools and educational programs. Additionally, Port Chicago Alliance matches these profits dollar-for-dollar, doubling the books we are able to donate to public schools.

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Donations to Students

As of March 2024, Port Chicago Education Program has donated over 65 copies of the book "The Port Chicago 50" to schools and student educational programs. We also work to connect educators to valuable teaching resources for classrooms.

We are proud that our very first contribution to the Port Chicago Education Program came directly from author Steve Sheinkin, who generously gifted 25 copies of his award-winning book The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights to Port Chicago Alliance in 2023. We distributed those books to the East Bay Regional Park District's Thurgood Marshall Youth Development Program, where East Bay Area youth learn about the history of Port Chicago at Thurgood Marshall Regional Park – Home of the Port Chicago 50.

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The Book

The award-winning book The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin teaches the history of Port Chicago Naval Magazine and the impact the Sailors of Port Chicago had on our nation's civil rights history. It is appropriate reading for ages 10 and up.