Interesting Facts about Baroness Oona King, I-House Alumna of the Year

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Greetings from Berkeley!

We are so pleased to honor Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) at this year’s Gala and present her with the 2019 Alumna of the Year award for her advocacy in human rights, her visionary leadership, and the many accomplishments throughout her career.

Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) to be honored at I-House Gala on May 9, 2019 Baroness Oona King (IH 1989-90) to be honored at International House Gala on Thursday, May 9th

Here are a few inspiring achievements and interesting facts about Baroness Oona King:

  • On her father’s side of the family, she comes from a line of American civil rights activists and entrepreneurs. Her paternal grandfather, civil rights activist Clennon Washington King, Sr., and his wife had a daughter and seven sons, including her uncle C.B. King, a pioneering civil rights attorney in Albany, Georgia;
  • Even when she was a little girl attending Haverstock Comprehensive Secondary School in London, she told her teachers that she wanted to become the Prime Minister of England but was promptly told to become a librarian instead;
  • She attended York University, gaining a 1st class BA in Politics. She was also awarded a scholarship to spend a year studying at the University of California at Berkeley. During this time, she lived at International House;
  • Winning the seat of Bethnal Green and Bow in 1997, King became the second black woman to be elected as a Member of Parliament;
  • She was named one of “100 Great Black Britons” in 2003;
  • In 2007, she published her autobiography, The Oona King Diaries: House Music her account of her time as a Member of Parliament;
  • On January 26, 2011, King was appointed Baroness King of Bow and was then introduced in the House Lords on January 31, 2011;
  • In 2013, she appeared on ITV’s (a Brittish (TV channel) skating show, Dancing On Ice;
  • She enjoys cinema, dance music, history, and speaks French and Italian;
  • Learn more about her at

For those able to join us on May 9th when Baroness King will be honored, please see Gala details and sneak preview of our dinner menu below.

If you cannot attend our Gala but would like to support I-House, you may choose to make a donation.

International House Celebration Awards Gala on Thursday, May 9th

International House Celebration & Awards Gala
Thursday, May 9th
6:00 PM Music & Mingling
Dinner & Program Follow

$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of age and under)

Valet parking provided
Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged

RSVP by May 6th.

Eventbrite - 2019 I-House Awards Celebration & Gala

Guests will enjoy a fabulous meal prepared by I-House Executive Chef, Todd Koenigsberg. Below is a sneak preview of the menu:


Flat Iron Steak/Fingerling Brochette/Horseradish Cream
Spicy Crab Cakes/Red Pepper Rémoulade
Salumi Platter
Artisanal Cheese Platter


Wild-Caught Salmon/Red Belgian Endive/Cara Cara Orange
Meyer Lemon Crème Fraiche/Crispy Quinoa


Pan Seared Cauliflower Steak
Wild Mushrooms/Savoy Spinach/Spring Vegetable Risotto

Smoked Mahi Mahi
Sweet Corn Succotash/Macadamia Nuts
Crispy Coconut Rice/Pineapple Gastrique

Grilled Colorado Lamb
Bloomsdale Spinach/ White Wine Braised Onions
French Potatoes/ Mustard Tahini


Opera Cake
Raspberry Chantilly Cream

Residents on the patio during Gala
Resident hosts from around the world welcome guests to Gala

Thank you to those who’ve already registered.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, May 9th!

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About Laurie Ferris

As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents, and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at Share the I-House love! ♥
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3 Responses to Interesting Facts about Baroness Oona King, I-House Alumna of the Year

  1. susanklee6831 says:

    hi, Laurie,

    I lived in England for three years at some point in my far-away past. While there, I learned the incredibly detailed system for addressing the various levels of British peerage: “Lady,” “Your Worship,”, “Sir,” etc. But I’ve forgotten it now (and I’m not sure that a baroness was one of the people I needed to know how to say hello to.)

    When we are introduced to Oona King, how do we address her? “How do you do, Baroness.”? or “. . . Lady King” or _____?

    Thanks for your help. I’m looking forward to the Gala – – and to seeing you.

    ~ sk ~


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