Celebrate Black History Month at Your Library!

February is Black History Month! February is Black History Month! Celebrate, commemorate, have fun, and learn something new with your library.

Every Saturday

AAMLO Public TourImage of the AAMLO

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. All tours include a visit to the reference library, archives department and collection highlights. Meet inside the lobby entrance to the African American Museum & Library at Oakland. 

Saturdays, 4pm - African American Museum & Library at Oakland



29th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry: Black MigrationsImage of vintage style microphone

The theme of the 29th Annual Celeberation of African American Poets and Their Poetry is "Black Migrations," emphasizing the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. Community members of all ages are invited to participate by reading poetry, performing, dancing, or/and displaying works of art. If you haven't yet registered to participate, you can still sign up for the open mic segment.

Saturday, February 2, 1pm - West Oakland Branch



NAACP: Past, Present and FutureNAACP Logo

The African American Museum & Library at Oakland and the NAACP Oakland Branch present a celebration of the history and accomplishments of the nation's oldest, largest, and most significant civil rights organization. Featuring panelists from local branches and a special exhibit focusing on the organization's 110 years of commitment. 

Saturday, February 2, 3pm - African American Museum & Library at Oakland



African Cultural Heritage Event: From Africa to Peruposter image for Zest for Life film

Join us for a film screening of the documentary A Zest for Life: Afro Peruvian Rhythms, a Source of Latin Jazz.You’ll be dancing in your seat as you learn about the fascinating history of African rhythms and dance in Peruvian culture.  Live cajon demonstration follows!

Saturday, February 2, 3pm - Main Library



Nothing But a ManPoster image for Nothing but a Man

Watch a screening of the landmark independent film, Nothing But A Man, considered to be one of the most sincere and sensitive pictures ever made about the struggles and hardships of Black life in 1960s America.  Join community members at the Melrose library for a film celebrating Black History Month.  Popcorn will be served!

Tuesday, February 5, 4pm - Melrose Branch



Kente Cloth Collage with artist Antonia Moler!image of kente cloth

Join art educator, Antonia Moler, for kente cloth collage/paper weaving in the Children's Room. You can learn more about the history of Kente cloth here.

Wednesday, February 6, 3pm - Main Library 



Celebrate the Life of Huey P. NewtonImage of Huey P Newton and children

Join us to hear from speakers who knew Huey and find out how the Black Panther Party changed Oakland and the country. There will also be a few short films about his life and a photography display by the It's About Time archive. 

For more information see It's About Time/BPP on Facebook. 

Saturday, February 9, 2pm - West Oakland Branch



Black Panther Party History: A Conversation with Saturu Ned

Picture of Saturu Ned

How can the Panthers' revolutionary message inform the organizers and activists of today?  Join us in conversation with Saturu Ned, former member of the Black Panther Party, for a discussion of BPP organization, methods, and the Ten-Point Party Platform.

Saturday, February 9, 2pm - Golden Gate Branch



The Remarkable Courtship and Marriage of Josh and Virginia Craft Rose with Mary Ellen ButlerBook cover of Heart & Soul 

Oakland journalist Mary Ellen Butler will present contents from her new book, Heart & Soul: The Remarkable Courtship and Marriage of Josh and Virginia Craft Rosein the North Oakland area where she grew up. Josh Virginia, the subjects of her book, are Butler's parents. Her father, after founding the Northwest (Oakland) Branch of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), would become the first African-American Oaklander elected to public office. From 1965 to 1977, Joshua Rose served on the Oakland City Council representing District 2, where the Temescal Branch Library is situated (and now represented by Councilmember Dan Kalb.) Her mother was a long-time civic, cultural and educational leader in Oakland, who traced her roots back to a child of Elizabeth Hemings with Thomas Jefferson and was named Oakland's Mother of the Year in 1982.

Saturday, February 9, 2:30pm - Temescal Branch



African Americans and the Transcontinental RailroadImage of the Pullman Porters

To mark the 150th anniversary of the creation of the Transcontinental Railroad, Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will discuss the significant contributions of African Americans to the building, maintenance, and service on this important rail line. She will also discuss the railroad's impact on the Native American populations, national demographics, and Oakland.

Wednesday, February 13, 6pm - Main Library



A Zest for Life Film Screening and Dance PerformanceImage from Zest for Life film

If you missed the film screening on February 2nd, you can still watch the documentary A Zest for Life: Afro Peruvian Rhythms, a Source of Latin Jazz at Lakeview! You’ll be dancing in your seat as you learn about the fascinating history of African rhythms and dance in Peruvian culture.  Dance performance will follow the film! http://azestforlifemovie.com/

Saturday, February 16, 12pm - Lakeview Branch



4th Annual Local Authors ShowcaseKente cloth

Turning Pages Book Club & We Turn Pages Too present their 4th Annual Local Authors Showcase featuring: April Sinclair, Cleon Joseph, Donna Moses, Jabali Smith, Kali James, La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson, Michele Mills, Patricia A. Saunders, Pati Navalta Poblete, Regina Louise, Sydney De La Torre, Shurvone Wright, Staci Jackson-Smith, Tamesha Edwards, Vicki Ward, Yolanda Cooksey. Refreshments will be served. In honor of Black History Month, African attire is encouraged. 

Saturday, February 16th, 1pm-4pm - West Oakland Branch




Angie Thomas in Conversation with MK AsanteHeadshot of Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas, the bestselling, award-winning author of The Hate U Give, presents her highly anticipated second novel, On the Come UpThomas will be in conversation with MK Asante, award-winning writer, filmmaker, hip-hop artist, and distinguished professor. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up (published February 5 by HarperCollins), an ode to hip-hop, is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn't always free. Featuring Youth Poet LaureatesThis is a ticketed event. OUSD students can sign up for a free ticket hereMore event details are available here.

Monday, February 18, 3pm - Oakland Technical High School (Google Maps)



African Drumming with Tacuma KingImage of Tacuma King drumming

Celebrate Black History Month with Tacuma King, who will be preforming inspiring African and jazz ensambles for all to enjoy. 

Tuesday, February 19, 11am - Main Library



African Drumming with Tacuma KingPortrait of Tacuma King

Celebrate Black History Month with Tacuma King, who will be preforming inspiring African and jazz ensambles for all to enjoy. 

Wednesday, February 20, 3pm - Eastmont Branch



Family Quilt Demonstration Program
Clip art image of quilt

Celebrate African American History Month with the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland's Annual Demonstration and Workshop. Supplies will be provided so that you can make your own quilt. For all levels and ages. 

Saturday, February 23, 1pm - West Oakland Branch



MASTERS OF RHYTHM: the Afro-Peruvian WayMasters of Rhythm Film Poster Image

Celebrate Black History Month with a film screening of the award-winning documentary Masters of Rhythm: the Afro-Peruvian Way. Enjoy music from the African diaspora in Latin America and learn about its roots. Live cajon demonstration follows!

Saturday, February 23, 1pm - César E. Chávez Branch



Let's Talk Black Migrations: Open ForumBlack & white Image of black travelers

What's your family story? During the Great Migration thousands of African Americans moved to the Bay Area in search of social and economic mobility. Come out to share your family's journey to Oakland and to hear others' stories. Our Black History Month Oral History project will inclue an opportunity to learn about conducting oral history interviews and preserve your family history.

Saturday, February 23, 2pm - African American Museum & Library at Oakland



Sorry to Bother You Film ScreeningSorry to Bother You Film Poster

Written and directed by local Boots Riley, this film is set in an absurdist alternate Oakland.  The film follows a young Black telemarketer who adopts a white accent in order to succeed at his job.  Once he does, he gets swept up into a corporate conspiracy, and must choose between making money at the expense of humanity and joining with his activist friends to organize labor.

Saturday, February 23, 2:30pm - Melrose Branch



African American Read-inImage of member of Omega Psi Phi reader with child

Our featured guest readers are volunteers from the Sigma Iota (Oakland) Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Featured books are from African American authors and/or illustrators. 

Monday, February 25, 5pm - Eastmont Branch



Conducting African American ResearchImage of OPL History Room Librarian Dorothy Lazard

Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will lead a workshop on how to find, evaluate, and use various reference resources when conducting African American research in and outside of the library. Students, teachers, writers and history buffs are welcome to attend. 

Thursday, February 28, 6pm - Main Library



For more events, make sure to check out our events calendar.











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