Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month at OMCA. Photo courtesy of VisitOakland.
 
Every February, the United States pays tribute to African Americans whose struggles and triumphs are woven into the fabric of America’s story. This month-long celebration, initiated by Harvard-educated historian Carter G. Woodson in 1925, was created to acknowledge the ignored contributions from artists and activists, academics and craftsmen, writers and poets, and people in service. Check out these BARTable Black History Month celebrations that take place on both sides of the Bay. 
 
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Public Library.
 
More Than a Month Black History Festival (through Feb. 29) by Civic Center/UN Plaza 
 
Check out over 80 film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, and hands-on activities for children at the More Than a Month Black History Festival at the San Francisco Public Library. The festival is through February 29 and all the events are free. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to the library. 
 
Photo courtesy of OMCA
 
Black Power at OMCA (ongoing) by Lake Merritt 
 
Uncover the history of the Black Power movements in California with a compelling addition to the Gallery of California History at the Oakland Museum of California. In response to the widely-popular 2016 exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, this new installation will illustrate the creative ways black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government. Focusing on the example of the Black Panther Party, Black Power will bring to light the tensions between a culturally and socially progressive California and examples of economic racism and oppression in the state. General admission begins at $7 for youth, $16 for adults and tickets can be purchased online. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk three minutes to the museum.
 
 
Richmond Art Center | Art of the African Diaspora (through Mar. 13) by Richmond 
 
Art of the African Diaspora is a group exhibition featuring work by over 150 artists of African descent. The exhibition is held at the Richmond Art Center beginning January 14 and runs through March 13. This exhibition is accompanied by self-guided open studios and satellite exhibitions. Admission to the galleries is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. Take BART to Richmond and walk 13-minutes to the Art Center.
 
 
African American Museum & Library (through Feb. 29) by 12th St/Oakland City Center 
 
The African American Museum & Library is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation and sharing of historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations. The current exhibit, African Americans and the Ballot, features volumes that offer insights on black and the arduous struggle- from 1865 to present day- to participate in electoral politics in the US. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk five minutes to the museum. 
 
Photo courtesy of Wine & Bowties.
 
 
During Inside the Black Panther Archives: An Evening with Fredrika Newton, Newton shares her personal leadership vision to realize a Black Panther Party legacy monument and a digitally immersive museum in Oakland. The conversation takes place at the New Parkway Theater in Oakland, 10 minutes from 19th St/Oakland, on Wednesday, February 12 at 7pm. Tickets are available online and are free.
 
Photo courtesy of the Black Joy Parade
 
Black Joy Parade (Feb. 23) by 12th St/Oakland City Center or 19th St/Oakland 
 
The third annual Black Joy Parade is Sunday, February 23 in the heart of Downtown Oakland, steps away from both 12th St/Oakland City Center and 19th St/Oakland stations. This is the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. A parade and festival to celebrate the black experience past, present, and future. 
 
Photo courtesy of the Museum of the African Diaspora
 
 
The Museum of the African Diaspora honors the legacy of Black History Month by offering free admission all day on Saturday, February 29. There’s no better way to celebrate an extra day on such a special month than by experiencing the museum's current exhibitions for free one day before they close the public. Also taking place is a live reading of Esai's Table by Nathan Yungerber from the Lorrain Hansberry Theater from 2-5pm. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk five minutes to the museum. 

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