Community Events Marking Black History Month

Below is a sampling of community events throughout February that commemorate Black History Month. An * after event name indicates free admission. All phone numbers are in the 510 area code.

Through Friday, February 5, various hours
2nd Annual African American Literature Read In Week*
70 Oakland Public Schools
Community members are invited to volunteer in classrooms across Oakland to give guest read-aloud of books by and about African Americans in celebration of Black History Month. Please visit the website for more information and to sign up to volunteer. For questions, please email lilly@oaklandedfund.org.
www.oaklandedfund.org/read or (512) 497-6411

Through Monday, February 29, weekdays 8:30 am to 5 pm
Neighborhoods Coming Together: Quilts Around Oakland Exhibit*
Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Come view beautiful quilts in City Hall's Rotunda as part of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland's citywide exhibition of more than 100 quilts in a variety of locales. 
http://www.aaqgo.org/AAQGO/ 

Wednesday, February 3, 10 to 11:30 am
New Era/New Politics Tour*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This tour highlights the African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and Bay Area. 
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

Wednesday, February 3, 4 to 6 pm
Reclaiming Nature: A Panel Discussion with Outdoor Afro and Urban ReLeaf*
Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Rue Mapp and Kemba Shakur will discuss connections to the natural world and how blacks and people of color can claim and hold space in ensuring access and stewardship.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Saturday, February 6, 11 am-3 pm
Black Panther Bus Tour
Meet at the West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.
Former Black Panther chief of staff David Hilliard leads a four-hour bus tour featuring sites associated with the movement. Stops include the building where Huey Newton and Bobby Seale drafted the party's Ten Point Plan in 1966 and the sidewalk where Newton was gunned down by a drug dealer in 1989.
To purchase tickets and for more information, please visit http://saturdayblackpanthertour.eventbrite.com.

Saturday, February 6, 1 to 4 pm
26th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and their Poetry*
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.
Community members of all ages are invited to participate by reading poetry, performing, dancing and/or displaying works of art. This year’s theme is #blacklivesmatter: The Politics of Blackness although all themes are welcome. If you’re interested in being featured in this program please call 238-7352 to register.  
http://oaklandlibrary.org/events/west-oakland-branch/26th-annual-celebration-african-american-poets-and-their-poetry or 238-7352

Saturday, February 6, 2 to 4 pm
The Walking Blues Tour (Oakland Blues Walk of Fame)*
West Oakland BART Station, 1451 7th St. (Meet at Center Street behind the station)
Come to the first official Walking Tour of The Music They Played on 7th Street/Oakland Walk of Fame and learn about the accomplishments of African Americans who made the music of 7th Street in West Oakland famous all over the world. Other highlights will include meeting some of the recipients who are on the Walk of Fame. Walk of Fame CDs and 7th Street calendars celebrating Black History will be available for purchase. Tour will also be held on February 20.
www.westcoastbluessociety.com or 472- 8800

Saturday, February 6, 3 to 6 pm
Mindful Drumming for Healing and Community Building
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., 3278 West St.
Mindful Drumming is a transformative learning process that offers individuals opportunities to experience diversity through rhythm and sound. Mindful Drumming is an art form from Ghana, West Africa that facilitates healing, building relationships and synergistically builds community.  Issues can be addressed in a communal manner through the art of synchronistic drumming. In a primal way we may never fully understand, drumming brings us into rhythm with ourselves, one another, our community and our planet. Participants will utilize the twin concepts of rhythm and sound as a way of raising awareness and consciousness for a rich experience of joy and peace. There will be drums available. Kokomon Clottey, author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community, will facilitate this gathering. 
www.ahc-oakland.org or 652-5537

Monday, February 8, 6 to 8 pm
Speeches of a Dream*
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Annual open mic night including poetry, art and music.
www.mccatheater.com or 238-7217

Tuesday, February 9, 11 am to 12:15 pm
The Black Mozart: Enlightening the Enlightenment*
Mills College, Music Building, Room 271, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Scholar Nalini Ghuman puts the record straight on the contributions of black classical musicians. In this special session of her course on music in the Classical Era, she explores the remarkable life and music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the son of a slave who ended up being one of the finest violinists, composers and swordsmen in Europe. He also led the first all-black regiment during the French Revolution against the King, whilst teaching music to Marie Antoinette.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Wednesday, February 10, 5 to 7 pm
Founders Dinner
Mills College, Founders Common, 500 MacArthur Blvd.
A fun celebration of African American history through food with entertainment by Hip Hop for Change. $10.75 per person. Free for children 3 and under.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Wednesday, February 10, 6 to 7 pm
African American Oakland*
Main Library, Bradley C. Walters Auditorium, 125 14th St.
Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will present a talk on the early history of African Americans in Oakland. She will share stories of early pioneers and the movers and shakers who helped establish the East Bay’s largest African American community. A slide show will accompany her talk.
www.oaklandlibrary.org/events/main-library/african-american-oakland or 238-3222

Thursday, February 11, 10:30 am-Noon
“Blue-Eyed Soul Brother” When Bobby Kennedy Blitzed Oakland*
North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
A talk featuring rare photos and videos on the blitz of East, West and North Oakland by New York Senator Robert F. Kenney’s inspiring 1968 presidential campaign. The presentation by historian Paul Lee will show the remarkable relationships that he established with African, Asian, Latino and Native American residents a week before his tragic death. R.S.V.P. as space is limited.
597-5085

Thursday, February 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Say Her Name: Black Female Bodies in the Breach
Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
A conversation with activists and organizers of Say Her Name and Black Lives Matter. The conversation will focus on centering issues of black women (cis, LGBTQ and female identified) and how their bodies become targets for institutional, structural and physical violence in America. The panel will look at how systems devalue black female bodies and how women can claim and proclaim their value and power. The conversation will cover the data in the report “Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women.” $3 for non-Mills students.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Saturday, February 13, 10 am to 11:30 pm
Write Out Loud: The Importance of Telling Our Stories
Mills College, Mills Hall, Room 318, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
A hands-on writing workshop where participants explore how to write their stories using narrative nonfiction and fiction. This interactive workshop will focus on learning to write about issues facing black women and contextualize them in personal essays and short stories. Faith Adiele, noted memoirist and essayist, will lead this session. $10 for non-Mills students.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Saturday, February 13, 2 to 5 pm
Celebration of the Life of Huey P. Newton*
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.
Join in the Celebration of the Life of Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party (BPP). Friends and family will speak about Huey’s impact on Oakland and the world. Huey’s wife Fredricka will be present to talk about Huey in his later years. Huey Newton and Bobby Seale started the BPP in October 1966 - 50 years ago. The BPP brought purpose and direction to the Liberation struggle in America. The event will honor Huey for his service to the people. 
238-7352

Saturday, February 13, 6 to 8 pm
Last Governor of Mexican California: Black, Native and Spanish*
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave.
Carlos Salomón, head of Latino American Studies at CALState East Bay, presents Pío Pico's life and times, with images and documents on racial categories in early California
www.peraltahacienda.org or 532-9142
 

Saturday, February 13 & Sunday, February 14, 1:30 to 2 pm and 2:30 to 3 pm
Storytelling with Kirk Waller
Children’s Fairyland, 699 Bellevue Ave
Storyteller Kirk Waller will present a series of classic tales with an original flair.
www.fairyland.org or 452-2259

Saturday, February 13 to Saturday, July 16, Noon to 5:30 pm
Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement Exhibit*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement combines history and textile designs that will honor women whose actions were instrumental in the success of the Civil Rights Movement. Some of the women were well known; others less so, but deserving of greater recognition. This exhibition will feature the absolutely stunning creative “Swing Coat” designs of Ms. Patricia Montgomery, master quilter. Please walk through history as AAMLO’s Chief Curator Rick Moss creates an environment that compliments each swing coat and is conducive to placing the actions of these women in the historical context of this great movement. The opening reception on Saturday, February 13 runs from 2 to 4 pm; Please R.S.V.P. to 637-0200.
http://oaklandlibrary.org/exhibits/heroines-civil-rights-movement or 637-0200

Tuesday, February 16, 4 to 6 pm
Toxic Media*
Mills College, Faculty Staff Lounge, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
A discussion focusing on how portrayals of blacks in media cause trauma and negatively impact the black community.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Wednesday, February 17, 10 to 11:30 am
New Era/New Politics Tour*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This tour highlights African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and the Bay Area.
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

Wednesday, February 17, 3 to 4 pm
Peace Plate Craft for Kids*
César E. Chávez Branch Library, 3301 E. 12th St., Ste. 271 
Celebrate Black History Month and make a beautiful watercolor peace plate with streamers to take home or hang up in the library. For children ages 5 to 12. 
http://oaklandlibrary.org/events/cesar-e-chavez-branch/peace-plate-craft-kids or 535-5620

Thursday, February 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Getting Busy: Claiming Space in Tech
Mills College, Carnegie Hall, Room 200, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
A discussion with tech leaders on how to claim space in the tech industry. What does it take to start a start up? How do we grow pipelines onto this growing business sector? Women for-profit and non-profit entrepreneurs share their experiences in breaking into the tech industry and expanding diversity for black women. $3 for non-Mills College students.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Friday, February 19, 5 to 7 pm
Mendez vs. Westiminister*
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave.
Seventy years ago, Mendez v. Westminster ordered desegregation of schools in California. Come celebrate this milestone and learn more from Antwan Wilson, Superintendent for the Oakland Unified School District; San Francisco Superintendent Richard Carranza; former East Side schools superintendent and state Assemblyman Joe Coto; Political Analyst Mike Madrid.
www.peraltahacienda.org or 532-9142

Friday, February 19, 5 to 9 pm
Friday Nights @ OMCA: Black History Month button-making for families
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Bring the little ones and make a button for Black History Month. During Acoustic Space, live music performances expand beyond the amphitheater stage into the galleries. Enjoy a staged acoustic performance created in collaboration with artist Amy Lacour and a live quartet ensemble, taking inspiration from the poetry of the black renaissance and the work of Dorothea Lange. Join a pop-up talk with guest speaker Judy Juanita, a novelist and playwright based in Oakland, in the Gallery of California Art from 7 to 7:30 pm. Juanita is a former member of the Black Panther Party, one-time editor of the Black Panther Party newspaper and was an instructor in the first Black Studies program in the nation at San Francisco State University. Juanita’s talk will draw upon her novel titled Virgin Soul which is set in Oakland and reflects upon Panther history. Enjoy half-price admission for adults, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area and extended OMCA Store hours. Ages 18 and under are free.
http://museumca.org/2016/friday-nights-omca-february-19 or 318-8400

Saturday, February 20, 2 to 4 pm
The Walking Blues Tour (Oakland Blues Walk of Fame)*
West Oakland BART Station, 1451 7th St. (Meet at Center Street behind the station)
Come to the first official Walking Tour of The Music They Played on 7th Street/Oakland Walk of Fame and learn about the accomplishments of African Americans who made the music of 7th Street in West Oakland famous all over the world. Other highlights will include meeting some of the recipients who are on the Walk of Fame. Walk of Fame CDs and 7th Street calendars celebrating Black History will be available for purchase. Tour will also be held on February 6.
www.westcoastbluessociety.com or 472- 8800

Saturday, February 20, 6 to 7:30 pm
Book Presentation by Linda Norton*

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, 2465 34th Ave.
The project seeks to fill an informational void by raising questions about the paradoxes of American history, ideas about freedom and equality, and the huge increase in the prison population in California in the past thirty years.
www.peraltahacienda.org or 532-9142
 

Tuesday, February 23, 11 am to 1 pm
Breaking the Pipeline: Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline and Black Girls*
Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
An interactive discussion and workshop on how to address issues facing black girls in the education system that will provide strategies on how to support girls in the classroom and at the policy level. Workshop will provide a picture of how black girls are left out of the school to prison pipeline conversation, how school policy pushes girls out of school and the trend of young women moving from classrooms to jail cells.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Tuesday, February 23, 5 to 6:30 pm
Pizza and a Movie: “Ruby Bridges”*
Melrose Branch Library, 4805 Foothill Blvd.
Celebrate Black History Month with one of the legends of the Civil Rights movement – Ruby Bridges – at the screening of a film chronicling her life. Refreshments provided. 
http://oaklandlibrary.org/events/melrose-branch/pizza-and-movie-ruby-bridges or 535-5623

Wednesday, February 24, 7 to 9 pm
Birthing Justice Book Launch*
Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
The Birthing Justice anthology shares deeply moving stories by black women about giving birth and childbirth activism. The editors and contributors trace the origins of birth injustice to the first medical experiments carried out on enslaved women, they unpack the hidden history of the granny midwives who birthed the majority of children—white and black—in post-Emancipation South, and they explore the rise and impact of the medical industrial complex. Along the way, they share transformative testimonies of struggle, activism and healing. This book will transform forever the way you think about childbirth. Join co-editors Alicia D. Bonaparte and Julia Chinyere Oparah, guest readers from Black Women Birthing Justice and special guests Sistahs of the Drum for an evening of celebration and inspiration. Hosted by powerhouse reproductive justice advocate Shanelle Matthews. Discounted books on sale and book signing available.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Thursday, February 25, 2 to 4 pm
Unity in Our Community*
West Oakland Senior Center, 1724 Adeline St.
In celebration of Black History month, the senior center will host a celebration with the theme of Unity in Our Community. Feel free to wear your native attire and join us for an enlightening and inspiring afternoon
238-7016
 

Friday, February 26, 5 to 9 pm
Friday Nights @ OMCA: Black History Month button-making for families
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St.
Enjoy a family-friendly drop-in activity during Oakland’s favorite weekly late-night event, Friday Nights @ OMCA. Bring the little ones and make a button for Black History Month. Warm up with local music, food, art and culture. Enjoy half-price admission, live music, hands-on activities for kids, a pop-up art market in the Redwood Burl area and extended OMCA Store hours. Get a taste of the hottest in Bay Area curbside cuisine. Half-price gallery admission for adults, ages 18 and under are free.
http://museumca.org/2016/friday-nights-omca-february-19 or 318-8400

Saturday, February 27, 10 to 11:30 am
New Era/New Politics Tour*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This tour highlights African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and the bay area.
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

Saturday, February 27, 10 am to Noon
Black History Month Tour*
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave.
Mountain View Cemetery is the final resting place of many recent and historical members of the Bay Area’s important African American community. In celebration of Black History Month, the cemetery docents offer a tour highlighting the lives of community leaders such as Capt. William Shorey, William Byron Rumford and Elsie Rumford, Walter A. Gordon, Marcus Foster and numerous others. Meet at the main office. The tour will last approximately two hours. Because of the large area the tour spans, participants will car caravan to the various locations. Private group tours at other times during February are available; Please call to arrange.
www.mountainviewcemetery.org/events/upcoming-events/ or 658-2588

Saturday, February 27, Noon to 4 pm
Annual Demonstration of the African American Quilters of Oakland* 
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.
Celebrate at the African American Quilters of Oakland Guild’s Annual Demonstration and Workshop. Supplies will be provided so that you can make your own quilt. For all levels and ages.  
238-7352

Saturday, February 27 & Sunday, February 28, 11 am to 5 pm
The Art of Living Black – A Festival of Black Arts and Culture*
Mills College Student Union, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
An arts festival featuring local and student visual, literary and performing arts.
http://www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

Sunday, February 28, 11 am to 2 pm
Gospel Appreciation Brunch
Mills College Faculty Staff Lounge, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
A festive brunch to honor the contributions of Mills College’s African American faculty and staff. A delectable buffet-style brunch with classic and contemporary African American fare highlights an afternoon of performances. $25 for general public.
http://evite.me/Z9jXn8261G