Black History Month Events in Oakland

Fox Oakland Theater

NEWS FROM:
Cultural Arts & Marketing Division, Office of the City Administrator
City of Oakland
Black History Month Events
Run Dates: Now to March 10, 2007
Media Contact: Harry Hamilton (510) 238-2107
Friday, February 2, 2007
In Search of Human Culture: Songs and Stories of the African American in the 21st Century
8:00 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California , 1000 Oak Street
Admission Fee
The acclaimed actress, teacher, singer and writer Rhodessa Jones of San Francisco ‘s Cultural Odyssey examines the African-American experience through songs and stories, reflections, biography, video and more from her repertoire. Supported by the Laney College Black Student Union and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
(510) 238-3842
Saturday, February 3, 2007
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour
10:00 a.m.
Tour starts at African American Museum and Library at Oakland , 659 14th Street
Free Admission
The Oakland Tours Program presents a 90-minute walk in downtown Oakland highlighting African American leaders such as C.L. Dellums, Ron Dellums and Lionel Wilson.
(510) 238-3234 or www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
Saturday, February 3, 2007
African American Celebration through Poetry
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street
Free Admission
Poets of all ages – from 8 to 80 – share their work including published writers, award-winning authors and some reading their work in public for the first time. Music, dance and costumes have enhanced past performances as each participant shares her or his unique style. Those involved thoroughly enjoy the diversity of presentations in this setting. Presented by the Oakland Public Library.
(510) 238-7352
Saturday, February 3, 2007
Mindful Drumming for Opening Minds and Healing Hearts
3:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., 3278 West Street
Admission: $20, some scholarships available
Return to the way of the Drum as a tool to build community, increase creativity, harmonize relationships, heal broken hearts and experience joy. This gathering is designed to bring diverse groups together. Participants will utilize the twin concepts of rhythm and sound as a way of raising awareness and consciousness for a rich experience of joy and peace. Drums will be available. Kokomon Clottey, author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community, will facilitate this gathering. Presented by Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. and supports Arts in Schools.
(510) 652-5530 or www.ahc-oakland.org
Monday, February 5, 2007
Monday Night Blues Lectures and Performance
8:00 p.m. to midnight
Kimball’s Carnival, 522 Second Street
Admission: $5 donation
Lecture on the history of Blues and performance. Series held every Monday during Black History Month. Presented by the Bay Area Blues Society.
(510) 836-2227/(707) 647-3962 or www.bayareabluessociety.net


Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Race to Execution
Reception 6:00 p.m.; screening 6:30 p.m.; panel discussion 7:30 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California , 1000 Oak Street
Free Admission
Rachel Lyon’s and Jim Lopes’s documentary traces the fates of two Death Row inmates and exposes the factors that influence who lives and who dies at the hands of the state. Part of the ITVS Community Cinema Series featuring previews of films scheduled for broadcast on Independent Lens. Produced by the City of Oakland Film Office , KQED, ITVS, the City of Oakland and the museum.
(510) 238-2200 or www.itvs.org/outreach
Monday, February 12, 2007
Monday Night Blues Lectures and Performance
8:00 p.m. to midnight
Kimball’s Carnival, 522 Second Street
Admission: $5 donation
Lecture on the history of Oakland Blues and performance. Series held every Monday during Black History Month. Presented by the Bay Area Blues Society.
(510) 836-2227/(707) 647-3962 or www.bayareabluessociety.net
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
History of San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point
10:30 a.m. to Noon
Oakland Museum of California , 1000 Oak Street
Free Admission
The African American Genealogical Society looks at the early history of Bayview/Hunters Point. Before, during and after World War II, the shipping industry shaped the area’s identity and the people, churches, schools and businesses that thrived there. The family history of Sam Jordan (a.k.a. “Mayor of Butchertown”), one of Bayview/Hunters Point’s most celebrated African American citizens, will also be examined. In collaboration with the museum’s Docent Council.
(510) 238-2200 or www.museumca.org
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour
10:00 a.m.
Tour starts at African American Museum and Library at Oakland , 659 14th Street
Free Admission
The Oakland Tours Program presents a 90-minute walk in downtown Oakland highlighting African American leaders such as C.L. Dellums, Ron Dellums and Lionel Wilson.
(510) 238-3234 or www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
Saturday, February 17, 2007
“Wake Up Black America ” Book Signing and Author Talk
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Rockridge Branch Library, 5366 College Avenue
Free Admission
Robert Johnson will talk about his book and his “movement” to “wake up Black America”. Presented by the Rockridge Branch of the Oakland Public Library.
(510) 597-5017 or www.oaklandlibrary.org
Monday, February 19, 2007
Monday Night Blues Lectures and Performance
8:00 p.m. to midnight
Kimball’s Carnival, 522 Second Street
Admission: $5 donation
Lecture on Blues Today and Yesterday and performance. Series held every Monday during Black History Month. Presented by the Bay Area Blues Society.
(510) 836-2227/(707) 647-3962 or www.bayareabluessociety.net
Thursday, February 22, 2007
We Are Africa and Africa Is Us
10:00 a.m.; repeats at 11:30 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California , 1000 Oak Street
Renowned storyteller, actor, writer, director and griot Marijo presents African folktales, American stories and instruments from Africa that have now become part of our musical landscape. This interactive performance will entertain audiences of all ages.
(510) 238-2000 or www.museumca.org
Saturday, February 24, 2007
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour
10:00 a.m.
Tour starts at African American Museum and Library at Oakland , 659 14th Street
Free Admission
The Oakland Tours Program presents a 90-minute walk in downtown Oakland highlighting African American leaders such as C.L. Dellums, Ron Dellums and Lionel Wilson.
(510) 238-3234 or www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours
Saturday, February 24, 2007
African American Quilters’ Workshop
Noon to 3:00 p.m.
West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street
Free Admission
The African American Quilters Guild introduce the art of quilting and provide the supplies, guidance and inspiration to get started. In addition to displaying its work, the guild helps others develop quilting skills. Presented by the Oakland Public Library.
(510) 238-7352
Saturday, February 24, 2007
California West Coast Blues Summit and Seminar
1:00 to 6:00 p.m.
554 Grand Avenue , Second Floor
Admission: $5 donation
In celebration of Black History Month, this seminar will help inform Bay Area and West Coast musicians on how to advance their musical careers. Topics will include understanding contract law, how to publish your songs and how to market yourself. The seminar will have award-winning panelists who will share the many aspects of the music business. Presented by Bay Area Blues Society and East Bay Law School .
(510) 836-2227/(707) 647-3962 or www.bayareabluessociety.net
Monday, February 26, 2007
Monday Night Blues Lectures and Performance
8:00 p.m. to midnight
Kimball’s Carnival, 522 Second Street
Admission: $5 donation
Lecture on where the Blues came from and performance. Series held every Monday during Black History Month. Presented by the Bay Area Blues Society.
(510) 836-2227/(707) 647-3962 or www.bayareabluessociety.net
Saturday, March 10, 2007
West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and Awards Show
Kimball’s Carnival, 522 Second Street
7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Admission: $30
Awards show honors blues, jazz and gospel artists for their contribution to America ‘s music. Evening includes live performances and after party. Presented by Bay Area Blues Society.
(510) 836-2227/(707) 647-3962 or www.bayareabluessociety.net
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Photo Credit: James Knox

2 Responses to “Black History Month Events in Oakland”

  1. Peter Bishop says:

    Feb. 10th Community Event
    1 – 5pm
    A Forum on the Violence Against the African Community
    @ the Uhuru House
    7911 MacArthur BLVD
    Oakland, CA
    510.569.9620
    inpdum_oakland@yahoo.com
    http://www.inpdum.org

  2. Peter Bishop says:

    Feb. 14th Community Event
    7 – 9:30pm
    Defend the right of the African community to organize for Justice and Liberation
    @ the Fellowship Hall
    390 27th Street
    Oakland, CA
    510.569.9620
    inpdum_oakland@yahoo.com
    http://www.inpdum.org

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