Celebrate Pride with OPL!

Oakland is proud! Celebrate Pride with us this #OPLsummer.

We're excited to bring you fun events this summer to celebrate Pride! 

Check this page for event updates and new events!

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Teen PRIDE Party // Fiesta de ORGULLO para Jóvenes

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride month with us with a party out in the library patio! We will have a variety of games and refreshments for teens. Presented by the Chávez Teen Advisory Board. Sponsored by the Amigos of the César E. Chávez Library.

Wednesday, June 26th - 5pm-7pm @ César E. Chávez Library

 

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2019 Spring Travel Series

Planning for your next travel destination? The Main Library's annual Spring Travel Series is back! Get new ideas for traveling and learn about lesser known paths taken locally, nationally, and abroad.

Join us for the popular Spring Travel Series, coordinated by our History Room Librarian Dorothy Lazard!

All travel series events occur on Wednesdays, 6pm ath the Main library (125 14th St.) Walters Auditorium.

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Exploring Ghana

Kicking off this year's series is journalist/professor Wanda Sabir who will share stories of her travels to Ghana. This year has been designated "The Year of Return." Many African nations are inviting African descendants home to celebrate a shared heritage. Ms. Sabir will share details about the biannual Ghanaian Panafest that will feature many outstanding performances, celebrities and activities. She will also provide information about a variety of

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In Review: Jazz Awareness Month April 2019

During the month of April AAMLO celebrated Jazz Awareness Month with Jazz Classics in Perspective.

Memry Midgett papers, MS 163, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.

[Memry Midgett papers, MS 163, African American Museum & Library at Oakland, Oakland Public Library. Oakland, California.]

During the month of April the African American Museum and Library at Oakland hosted Jazz Classics in Perspective. The three week class showcased the earliest origins of West Coast jazz. On Saturday, April 20th we received a surprise guest, artist, composer, and saxophonist John Handy. Born in 1933, Handy at the age of 13 taught himself to play the clarinet. By age 15 he was playing professionally.

As a professional, Mr. Handy has performed throughout America in places such as Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Opera House and the Monterey Jazz Festival. He has also played internationally in Japan, Germany, France and countless other locations.

A jazz

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National Bike Month at Oakland Public Library

Bike to books! Celebrate bike month this May with Oakland Public Library.

Are you a bike enthusiast? Or are you bike curious perhaps? Whether you're an expert or a beginning bike lover, May 2019 is packed with opportunities to embrace two-wheeled ways at OPL. 

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Fix & Decorate Your Bicycle

Have a flat tire that needs to be fixed?  Want to scraper your bike?  Come get free minor repairs and get back riding in style!
81st Avenue Branch1021 81st Ave.

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African American Museum & Library at Oakland Digitizes Black Panther Party Films

In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection.

In April 2018 the African American Museum & Library at Oakland was awarded a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Recordings at Risk grant to digitize and provide access online to 98 films documenting the Black Panther Party and student and union protest movements of the late 1960s-1970s from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection. The films included footage shot by the documentary film collective Newsreel, an organization founded in New York City in 1968 by a group of radical filmmakers with collectives in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. California Newsreel produced three documentary films on the Black Panther Party, Off the Pig (1968), MayDay (1969), and Repression. The digitized films include outtakes and b-roll footage filmed at a Black Panther Party Free Huey (Newton) rally on May 1, 1969 at the Phillip Burton Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in downtown San Francisco, California. The films

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Celebrating the Life of Morrie Turner on the Anniversary of Wee Pals

For Black History Month AAMLO profiles the late Morrie Turner who broke the comic strip color barrier with his ground breaking Wee Pals.

By Marco Frazier Library Assistant,

African American Museum and Library at Oakland

This week marks the anniversary of legendary cartoonist Morrie Turners launch of Wee Pals.  The son of a Pullman Porter, Morris Turner, was born in Oakland, California on December 11, 1923. A product of the Oakland schools system he attended Cole Elementary and McClymonds High School before completing his studies at Berkeley High School. Turner spent his entire career as the syndicated cartoonist of the WeePals, a multiethnic cartoon strip.

Early Experiment with Drawing

Turner began drawing at the age of 10 as a means of communication. With no TV, and paper from the local butcher shop, he would listen to shows and plays on the radio and draw what he heard. By age 14 he decided he wanted to be a cartoonist.  His father was not happy with his desired profession as it was

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Celebrate Black History Month at Your Library!

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

Every Saturday

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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,

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Growing Up Oakland

Check out the beautiful work from Growing Up Oakland, a project created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets.

Growing Up Oakland is a project entirely created and run by Oakland Youth Poet Laureate poets. Seeing a need for an expansion of the Oakland narrative, they are retrieving and broadcasting stories of childhood in Oakland through poetry, interviews, and visual art.

Growing Up Oakland highlights the variety of experiences of childhood throughout the long life of the city by using both interviews from people who grew up across various decades and creative work by current Oakland youth. This is a memorial of how the experiences of Oakland and youth have both changed and stayed the same throughout time.

After interviewing a variety of people who have grown up in Oakland, the poets have been taking these interviews into Oakland schools and leading poetry workshops.

The first workshop was with an 11th grade class at Oakland Technical High School. Some of the poems born out of these workshops have transformed into tangible postcards that are currently being distributed around the

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Remembering the Life and Legacy of Dr. King

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland reflects on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his visits to the Bay Area

Martin Luther King Jr. standing with group of women at Bethel Baptist Church event in Oakland, California 1967

African American Museum & Library at Oakland Photograph Collection

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 Return of MLK Film Festival

After a one year hiatus, the African American Museum and Library at Oakland returns with the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Film Festival. AAMLO has hosted the film festival for over 15 years to pay homage to the legendary slain civil rights leader. Dr. King was a civil rights activist who fought against policies that promoted racism and segregation through peaceful protests. This year’s

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Introducing Kanopy!

Looking for more video-streaming options from your library? You can now access over 30,000 movies FREE through Kanopy!

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Love movies, documentaries, and educational videos? Want to watch critically-acclaimed films and TV series from around the globe? Log in with your library card and enjoy

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