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Jackie Goldberg - Jackie Goldberg was born in Los Angeles and went to her first demonstration in 1961, influenced and guided by the woman who led Women's Strike for Peace. She attended the University of California at Berkeley where she was a leader in the Free Speech Movement, a student uprising that subsumed the University because the President of the University tried to ban political speech and action on campus. When she returned to Los Angeles, she moved into Echo Park and began teaching in Compton. She met her life partner Sharon Stricker when they joined forces to develop and lead the Integration Project.
After graduating from Loyola University in Chicago in 1965, Sharon began a ten-year teaching career in New Jersey and then Los Angeles, California. Here she pioneered the successful use of the arts for improving the education of minority children. At the same time she became keenly award of the inequities, especially in facilities in L.A.U.S.D.
She met Jackie Goldberg in 1976 when they created The Integration Project, and worked for school desegregation in Los Angeles. At that same time, Sharon was co-creating a theatre piece called "Purse Strings", which later won Dramalogue and California Arts Council Awards.
The arts led her into prison. There, along with her writer-partner, Jean Samuel, she co-founded BRIGHT FIRES CREATIVE WRITING PROJECT AT CRC, Norco, California. The project won many grants from the California Arts Council as well as The MS. Foundation. KCET-TV filmed an hour-long documentary of the project in 1990.
At the same time, Sharon was also politically active, working as the first campaign manager for Jackie Goldberg's school board race. From then on, Sharon was always politically active during Jackie's campaigns, and also served as her advisor and sounding board. Together, they co-founded L.A.C.E.R. (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, and Recreation) Afterschool programs in Jackie's Council District in Los Angeles. Sharon served as the Co-Founder and Executive Director from 1995-2006. In 2003, she received the national "Coming Up Taller" Award for "outstanding work with underserved youth."
Sharon and her partner, Jackie Goldberg, have been together for over thirty years. They were married in 2008 on the steps of San Francisco's beautiful City Hall and again in their living room in 2009. Sharon and Jackie have one son, Brian, a daughter-in-law Carmen, a grandson Alejandro and were foster parents to two teenage boys.