Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
Below are just a few of the events happening during the month to celebrate the African American experience.
African American Museum & Library at Oakland Public Library
659 14th Street Oakland, CA
Join AAMLO staff every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for a guided 45-minute tour – an introduction to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland, including the permanent multi-media history exhibition, “Visions Towards Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990,” and the mural, “Journey of Promise.” Tours focus on AAMLO’s history, architecture, and collections with an emphasis on the historical accomplishments and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West.
The Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now 15th Anniversary
(various locations and dates)
Devoted to emerging artists, the Black Choreographers Festival celebrates 15 years of African and African-American dance and culture, featuring award-winning Bay Area choreographers and companies. Performances: Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 23-24 at Dance Mission Theater (3316 24th St.), Mar. 2-3 at SAFEhouse Arts (145 Eddy St.), and March 9-10 at Laney College Theater (900 Fallon St., Oakland). All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
Storyteller Muriel Johnson
Berkeley Public Library – Central – 2090 Kittredge Berkeley
Saturday, February 9th at 10:30 am
Muriel Johnson’s vibrant interactive stories will entertain kids and parents alike. Join us for stories from the African Diaspora and around the world from this early childhood educator and storytelling veteran. Ages 3-7.
Black Joy Parade and Celebration
Sunday, February 24th, 12:30pm – 7:00 pm
Harrison and 14th Streets, Oakland
Black Joy Parade is a hyper-positive, family-friendly turn up that celebrates the Black experience and our community’s contribution to cultures past, present and future. You are invited to come be present, be creative, be open and be free.