As you all know, the month of February is Black History Month. Whether you’re into music, food, literature or everything in between, check out these local events that are celebrating all things melanin and the history that we are often encouraged to forget.
Tuesday, February 23
Pizza and a Movie: Ruby Bridges
Celebrate Black History Month with one of the legends of the Civil Rights movement – Ruby Bridges – as we watch the film chronicling her life. 5pm – 6:30pm. || Melrose Branch Library – 4805 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland CA 94601.
Wednesday, February 24
Power of the People
Join a celebration of Black cultural, social and politcal impact on the city of Oakland to benefit the West Oakland Youth Center. || 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza – 6pm-9pm
Thursday, February 25
San Francisco Black History Month Cultural Experience
Celebrate Black culture through music, art, dance and cuisine || 1 Dr.Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco 6pm – 9pm
Friday, February 26
The SF|Noir Wine & Food Festival
A unique culinary festival celebrating the best in Black and Southern-inspired cuisine from eminent Bay Area chefs. February 26-28. Events include:
– In The Kitchen with Chef Michele Wilson of Gussie’s Southern Table & Bar (2/26)
– Market to Table Seasonal Cooking with Chef Jay Foster of Farmer Brown and Chef Nelson German of alaMar (2/27)
– Wine Tasting Forum with celebrated Sommelier Anani Lawson of The French Laundry and Per Se fame (2/27)
– The Oakland Jazz Brunch at The Cook and Her Farmer with the venerable Art Lewis Trio (2/28)
Saturday, February 27
Bobby Seale: Chaos or Community. Where do we go from here?
Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense will present his views on the topic, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or community?” | 12500 Campus Dr, Oakland – Huey P.Newton and Bobby Seale Student Lounge: 7pm.
Blackest History Film Series
No matter what your nationality or what you have learned in the US educational system, Black History in American and the Diaspora has always been lacking. The films of this festival provide insight into the past and the current plight of Black Americans and various African diasporic groups. || 12pm – 6pm : Koret Auditorium: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco
12pm: White Scripts and Black Supermen – Black Masculinities in Comic Books: Directed by Jonathan Gayles: Through interviews with prominent artists, scholars and cultural critics along with images from the comic books themselves, this film examines the degree to which early Black superheroes generally adhered to common stereotypes about Black men. From the humorous, to the offensive, early Black superheroes are critically considered. This documentary critically examines the earliest representations (1965-1977) of Black masculinity in comic books and the troubling influence of race on these representations. Thinking critically about the manner in which Black men were first portra
1pm: From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights: Directed by Mark Oliver – The documentary From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights is designed to tell the story of how this large, established African-American population in the small northern California towns of Weed, Mc Cloud, Mt Shasta and Dunsmuir came to root themselves in
3pm: African Independence: Directed by Tukufu Zuberi – African Independence is a feature length documentary covering the most epic story of the most important events to happen on the African continent since enslavement and colonization by Europeans. The film highlights the birth, realization, and problem
The Black Rock
The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz chronicles the role of African-Americans in the history of Alcatraz, the first super-maximum security prison. || 1550 Scott Street, San Francisco 3pm – 4:30pm
Authors in Conversation: What Lies Between Us
Join a discussion of diaspora, identity and the meaning of home with award-winning author Nayomi Munaweera – the award-winning author of Island of a Thousand Mirrors, the confession of a woman, driven by the demons of her past to commit a single and possibly unforgivable crime – in conversation with Keenan Norris – author of Brother and the Dancer, a guest editor for the Oxford African American Studies Center and teacher at Evergreen Valley College. Keenan’s also the editor of Street Lit and new work in Oakland Noir.
2nd Annual Black History Knowledge Bowl
A Knowledge Bowl is an academically competitive program, which will test student knowledge of black contributions to law and politics, history, education, and entertainment. This event is a great opportunity to foster meaningful relationships amongst the chapters, networking opportunities, and a chance to win prizes for your chapter participants and schools. || Golden Gate University School of Law – 536 Mission St, San Francisco. 3pm-6pm
Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence
Beginning with the Black Panther Party, this 2015 documentary covers 50-years of confronting police abuse in Portland, OR. It exposes a dark history of systemic racism and speaks to the urgent need to end police terror today. After the film, strategize on how to build a movement that fights for community control of the police, as well as for jobs, education and an end to bigotry. || New Valencia Hall, 747 Polk St 7pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, February 28
MoAD Stories Presents Revolution: Exploring Black Femininity and Empowerment
explore Black Femininity and Empowerment through a short film by MoAD Stories, followed by a panel to discuss the stories and emerging identities of women artists from MoAD’s current exhibitions. ||Red Poppy Art House, 2698 Folsom St, San Francisco. 3pm-5pm
Berkeley’s Third Annual Black History Month Celebration will be held on Sunday February 28, 2016 from 2PM – 5PMat the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St, Berkeley. Doors open at 1:30PM. Celebration includes includes: premiere showing of film Fair Legislation: The Byron Rumford Story, workshops on Violence and with Black Lives Matter, musical performances; food and art vendors.