1915 – Born in Oakland, California,
1932 – Lionel Wilson spent much of his youth on the playgrounds of Oakland honing his athletic skills. But when he entered Berkeley.
1939 – Wilson, who graduated from Berkeley, received his law degree from UC Hastings
1977 – Went on to become Alameda County’s first black judge and Oakland’s first black mayor, elected to three consecutive terms, beginning .
1978-1990 – He served as a three term mayor of Oakland.
– He lost the mayorial election to Elihu Harris after making an expensive and unsuccessful bid to return the then Los Angeles Raiders to Oakland.
– Wilson was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek letter fraternity established for African Americans.
1998 – Lionel Wilson died on the 23rd of February of cancer, he was 82.
2002 – Aspire Public Schools founded a small 6-12 grade school called Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy in Oakland.