Black History Month Community Events

January 30, 7 pm & January 31, 2 pm & 7 pm
Richard Torrence’s “Lord Why Can't I Do Right?”
Lakeside Theater, Kaiser Center, 300 Lakeside Dr.
In this inspirational musical, Kenny, an unsuccessful man by society’s standards, is caught up by a fascination with women, drugs and money. Following an unfortunate near death experience, Kenny’s true purpose in life is revealed. When two brothers with contradicting objectives collaborate to start a church, all hell is bound to break loose. It’s a grueling life to live when your own blood cannot be trusted.
www.makeyoufamousentertainment.com or (229) 588-2323

February 2, 7-9 pm
Decolonizing Your Diet*
Student Union, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
This event will focus on the importance of local food and the significance of knowing your food and your body. Tamearra Dyson, the head chef of Souley Vegan, will be speaking on transforming our diets from their unhealthy states to more healthy alternatives without losing cultural relevance. Local farmers from West Oakland will come and share their knowledge about healthful food, and how food can serve as medicine. This workshop will feature interactive components that show people how best to shop, and where to shop to support local black businesses.
www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

February 6, 6-10 pm
Multi-Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Waterfront Hotel, 10 Washington St., (Jack London Sq.)
The ceremony will include the induction of seven retired professional athletes and honor six community leaders.
www.afrosportshall.com or 452-2693

February 7, 10 am-Noon
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour*
Tour begins at African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This free walking tour highlights African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and the Bay Area. Parking is available at the Clay Street Garage.
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

February 7 - 28, Noon-5:30 pm
A Thought, A Memory, An Image: The Photography of Joe Schwartz*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
Celebrated photographer Joe Schwartz is known for his humanistic photographs that capture interracial harmony in mixed neighborhoods throughout the USA. A large selection of this collection, which documents the virtues of diversity, was photographed between the 1930s and the 1980s.
www.oaklandlibrary.org/aamlo or 637-0200

February 7, 1pm
And Still I Rise: A Poetic Tribute to Maya Angelou*
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.
The event marks the 25th anniversary of the West Oakland Branch Library’s annual African American Poetry Celebration. It dedicated to Dr. Maya Angelou, a literary lioness and major voice in the Civil Rights movement. Hear local poets recite, dance and sing. Interested poets should contact the library to participate.
238-7352

February 11, 10 am-Noon
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour*
Tour begins at African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This free walking tour highlights African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and the Bay Area. Parking is available at the Clay Street Garage.
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

February 11, 6-7:30 pm
African-American Oakland: a Historical Overview*
Oakland History Room, Main Library, 125 14th St.
Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will present a talk and slideshow entitled “African American Oakland: a historical overview.” In this overview, she will share key and little-known stories of the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of African Americans in Oakland.
www.oaklandlibrary.org or 238-3134

February 14, 2-4 pm
“We Are All African” film screening and book signing*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
Author Kwadwo Obeng shares his in-depth research on the teachings of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions from an African perspective. Disclaimer: the film/book presented does not necessarily reflect the views held by AAMLO or the City of Oakland.
www.oaklandlibrary.org/aamlo or 637-0200

February 15, 12:30-2:30 pm
Love, Gratitude and Ancestry: Screening of Belle
New Parkway Theatre, 474 24th St.
In honor of Black History Month and 25 years of providing services to Oakland youth, families and adults, Attitudinal Healing Connection will be screening Belle. This powerful movie was nominated for the NAACP image award for Best Film and Best Actress. It is based on a true story about a mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. The character finds love despite the challenges of the racial, social and political order. Afterwards, join in a meaningful discussion about the movie.
www.ahc-oakland.org or 652-5530

February 17, 5:30-6 pm
African American Leaders Recognition Ceremony*
Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
The Oakland City Council will honor leaders and organizations from each of Council District who have made significant contributions to the local African American community. The ceremony will be held at the beginning of the regular Council meeting.
238-7031

February 18, 10am
The Unique Derique Performs for Kids and Families*
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline St.
The Unique Derique will present his always entertaining and inspirational show to commemorate Black History Month. Derique’s physical comedy incorporates hambone body percussion, keeping alive a very old musical tradition that originated in West Africa.
238-7352

February 18, 10 am-Noon
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour*
Tour begins at African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This free walking tour highlights African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and the Bay Area. Parking is available at the Clay Street Garage.
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

February 20, 1:45pm
The Unique Derique Performs for Kids and Families*
Children’s Room, Main Library, 125 14th St.
The Unique Derique will present his always entertaining and inspirational show to commemorate Black History Month. Derique’s physical comedy incorporates hambone body percussion, keeping alive a very old musical tradition that originated in West Africa.
238-3134

February 20, 6-8 pm
“Speeches of A Dream” Black History Month Celebration*
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Celebrate Black History Month at this open mic night with poetry, art and music.
www.mccatheater.com or 238-7217

February 20, 2-7 pm & February 21, 10 am- 4 pm
Festival of Knowledge*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
AAMLO is celebrating health and vitality at the 2015 Festival of Knowledge. Have you experienced difficulty concentrating? No sleep, no energy? Remember, we are what we eat. Keep those brain cells lively - learn about growing organic food at home, acquire new cooking skills and sample healthy foods.
www.faamloaamlo.org or 637-0200

February 21, 3:30-6:30 pm
Mindful Drumming: Tapping Into Our Love Essence
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. 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 self, 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 love, 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 652-5530

February 25, 6pm
“Life is a Carousel” Live Theater*
West Auditorium, Main Library, 125 14th St.
Novelist, playwright and poet Judy Juanita will present her newest dramatic work, “Life is a Carousel,” in an informal live reading. The story, set in a deserted airport terminal, revolves around Layla, an academic on her way to the Black Arts Millennium convention, and Diahlo, an older black poet, once-famous as the founder of Black Studies. The play is just under an hour long and will be followed by an open discussion with the playwright.
238-3134

February 25, 7-9 pm
Healing Justice: A Conversation*
Student Union, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Join in an intimate evening with visionary healers and spiritual warriors Reverend Zenju Earhlynn Manuel and Dr. Arisika Razak, in conversation with anti-violence activist Alisa Bierria. Healing justice is a framework that identifies holistic responses to intergenerational trauma and violence. In this conversation, we ask what individual and collective practices can be generated to transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.
www.mills.edu/academics/undergraduate/eths/blackhistorymonth.php or 430-2080

February 27, 1pm
The Unique Derique Performs for Kids and Families*
Dimond Branch Library, 3565 Fruitvale Ave.
The Unique Derique will present his always entertaining and inspirational show to commemorate Black History Month. Derique’s physical comedy incorporates hambone body percussion, keeping alive a very old musical tradition that originated in West Africa.
482-7844

February 28, 10 am-Noon
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour*
Tour begins at African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
This free walking tour highlights African-American leaders who helped shape present-day Oakland. Learn how Lionel Wilson, Delilah Beasley, Robert Maynard, Byron Rumford and others changed the city and the Bay Area. Parking is available at the Clay Street Garage.
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours or 238-3234

February 28, 10 am-Noon
Black History Docent Tour*
Mountain View Cemetery, 5000 Piedmont Ave.
Historic Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland is the final resting place of many important members of the Bay Area’s African-American community. A special docent tour of the cemetery highlighting the lives of community leaders, such as Captain William Shorey, Alonzo and Jennie Prentiss, Lydia Flood Jackson, Glen Burke, William B. Rumford, W.A. Gordon and Marcus Foster. Because of the large area the tour spans, we will car caravan to the various locations.
www.mountainviewcemetery.org or 658-2588

February 28, 11 am
The Unique Derique Performs for Kids and Families*
Golden Gate Branch Library, 5606 San Pablo Ave.
The Unique Derique will present his always entertaining and inspirational show to commemorate Black History Month. Derique’s physical comedy incorporates hambone body percussion, keeping alive a very old musical tradition that originated in West Africa.
597-5023

February 28, 5–8 pm
Veterans of Color*
deFremery Recreation Center, 1651 Adeline St.
Celebrating Black History month, deFremery Center - which served as a USO service center for military personnel and veterans during the 1940’s - will be honoring African America veterans for their military dedication and sacrifice. Please contact us if you would like to participate, and/or tell your veteran’s story in the film documentary.
www.oaklandnet.com/parksm or 238-7739