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Barbara Lee on C. Diane Howell

By Josh Richman
Sunday, December 28th, 2008 at 12:12 pm in Barbara Lee.

C. Diane Howell, publisher of the Black Business Listings and Producer of the annual Black Expo business trade fair, died Christmas Eve at departed Kaiser Hospital Oakland from complications of pneumonia. She was 58.

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, had this to say today:

“It is with profound sadness that I offer my greatest condolences to the family of Dr. C. Diane Howell.

“Dr. Howell was a beacon of optimism and hope, particularly for the owners of minority businesses in Oakland and throughout the Bay Area. She sought to provide guidance and counsel through her publication The Black Business Listings, which served as a tremendous resource of information for owners of minority businesses throughout Oakland .

“I had the privilege to address the readers of her publication by writing monthly columns for The Black Business Listing, and it was my honor to do what I could to support Dr. Howell in any endeavor she pursued.

“However, Dr. Howell was more that an advocate and supporter of owners of minority business; she was active in the political arena as well. Dr. Howell worked tirelessly in the days leading up to the election for President-elect Barack Obama, traveling throughout the West in an effort to urge our neighbors of the importance of being engaged during this important moment.

“As such, Dr. Howell played a critical role in American history and she, like many of us, was overcome with joy and pride in Obama’s successful bid for the presidency.

“Dr. Howell was a great friend and human being. I was proud to call her my sister, and I will miss her kindness, wise counsel and her love.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family, her staff and those in the business community whose lives were enriched by Dr. Howell’s unwavering commitment to her community.

“She will be missed terribly by all who knew her. May she rest in peace.”

The Dr. C. Diane Howell Memorial Fund (account # 1800102992) has been established at Alta Alliance Bank, 1951 Webster Street, Oakland, 94612, 510-899-7500; donations are requested in lieu of cards and flowers.

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  • Lynette Gibson McElhaney

    I was deeply saddened by the loss of this great woman. A passionate leader and visionary, Diane never tired of believing in the power of our people to progress. She believed in and represented the best of us. We are grateful for all she has contributed to the uplifting of our people. Her passion, her presence and her voice will be missed.

  • Nadirah Sharifah Ihsan-Wilson

    The message of our Beloved sister C. Diane Howell’s transistion passed so quickly through the air of the community it was again her pure spirit that got the message to the people. This news touched me deeply. She has contributed so much to the Bay Area in the area of personal upliftment, entreprenurial mastery at its best, and community cohesiveness. My prayers to her family and close friends. In love and light.

  • AnDrea

    This has been a great loss to Oakland and every community who has been blessed to recieve hey many gifts. As an Entrepenuer and a mother I have recieved great words of wisdom from Ms.Doris and her wonderful daughter. She would Love for us to stay focused and move forward in all of our business ventures.
    Peace and Blessings
    AnDrea

  • http://www.positiveimages.biz Gisele

    The community still feels the loss of her gifts.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Never heard of C. Diane. I asked some Oaklanders about her and I drew blanks. Guess you had to know her personally.