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February 2008 Oakland Black History Month Calendar

Posted by novoscene on February 4, 2008

It’s Black History Month and organizations all over the city are hosting special events. Here’s a list of the ones we like the best. And we liked a lot. Enjoy -kwan

Through February 28

Black History Month Exhibit
Exhibit of retired professional athletes who were inducted into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame covering a period of 50 years. Presented by African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame.
Free
Hours vary
Mormon Temple
4560 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland
(510) 452-2693, (510) 531-3507
www.afrosportshall.com


Through April 15

Educate to Liberate: the Schools of the Black Panther Party, 1969-1982
The photo exhibit, which also recognizes the 35th anniversary of the Oakland Community Learning Center, is presented by the Oakland History Room in conjunction with It’s About Time.
Free
Hours vary
Oakland Public Library
125 14th Street
Second Floor, Oakland
Free Admission
(510) 238-3222
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Through February 29

Huey P. Newton Photo Exhibit
The exhibit celebrates the achievements and influence of the charismatic co-founder of the Black Panther Party.
Free
Hours vary
West Oakland Branch of the Oakland Public Library
1801 Adeline Street, Oakland
(510) 238-7352
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Tuesday, February 5

Iron Ladies of Liberia
In this intimate biography, filmmakers Henry Ansbacher, Jonathan Stack and Daniel Junge go behind the scenes with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first freely elected female head of state. Film followed by panel discussion. Free parking in museum garage (entrance on Oak Street). The ITVS Community Cinema Series at the museum features sneak previews of films scheduled for upcoming broadcast on the PBS series “Independent Lens”; the series is a collaboration among the City of Oakland, Oakland Film Office, Oakland Museum of California, KQED and ITVS.
Free
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
(510) 238-2200
www.museumca.org

Stories from the African-American Diaspora

Stories from the African-American Diaspora. Celebrate Black History Month with the stories and characters of master storyteller Mary J. Kelly. “The images of our life are indelibly imprinted in our mind and create the stories we live by.” -Mary J. Kelly. This event is co-sponsored by Young Audiences of Northern California.
Free

5:30pm

Elmhurst Library
1427 88th Ave. Oakland

www.oaklandlibrary.org


Wednesday, February 6

New Era/New Politics Walking Tour
Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders – including C.L. Dellums, Ron Dellums and Lionel Wilson – have made their mark. Presented by Oakland Tours Program.
Free
10:00 a.m.
African American Museum &Library
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 238-3234
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours

Sunday, February 8

Black History Month Concert Series
Khalil Shaheed’s review of Black music featuring a second line New Orleans Jazz band a segemnt of classical music, featuring a trumpet player named James Tinsley. This is also a tribute to James Brown.
$10
7:00 p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Boulevard
www.allen-temple.org

Saturday, February 9

Children’s Book Marathon
The event will include games, movies, storytelling, giveaways, and a chance to meet authors. Limited seating. R.S.V.P. strongly encouraged.
Free
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
African American Museum & Library
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Mindful Drumming: The Secret Power of Rhythm and Sound
Learn the secret art of rhythm and sound through ancestral portals of libation pouring from the indigenous Ga people of West Africa, mindful drumming and prayerful body movements. Join Kokomon Clottey for an experiential gathering of mindful drumming, movement and deep inner work. Mindful drumming comes from the twin concepts of rhythm and sound. It is a way to uncover the different levels of communication and connect straight to the heart. Experience the ancient art of synchronistic rhythms and sounds for healing and unleashing the spirit of human potential. Kokomon Clottey, author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community, will facilitate this gathering. Drums will be available. Presented by Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
$20
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Attitudinal Healing Connection
Inc. 3278 West Street, Oakland
(510) 652-5530
www.ahc-oakland.org

Sunday February 10

Book Signing and Talk
Reading by Renay Jackson, Fremont High School Alumni and Author of “Oaktown Devil“, “Shakey’s Loose” and Turf War
Free
3p.m.
Elmhurst Library
1427 88th Avenue.
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Monday February 11

Marvin X
Marvin X will be reading, signing and discussing his collection of books which include: Beyond Religion, Toward Spirituality; Wish I Could Tell You The Truth; Land of My Daughters; and In the Crazy House Called America.
Free
2:00p.m.
Elmhurst Branch Library
1427 88th Avenue
www.marvinxwrites.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 13 – February 16
Bay Area Black Comedy Competition
Opening Rounds – Wed. – Fri. February 13th – 15, hosted by Hollywood star Faizon Love. Final Competition Round – Sat. February 16, 2008 Hosted by actor/comedian Don “DC” Curry
7:00 p.m.Geoffrey’s Inner Circle
410 14th Street, Oakland
Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway, Oakland
510.568.5899
www.blackcomedycompetition.com

February 14 – February 17 , 08:00 p.m.

Cedar Walton Sextet
Cedar Walton is known for his decades long work with Billy Higgins, his tenure with Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and his numerous compositions, including “Bolivia,” “Mosaic, “Fantasy in D,” Walton is considered one of the most influential jazz pianists and composers of this century. His style is full of fluid improvisations, keen interpretive powers and dynamic expressive sophistication.
Yoshi’s
Hours and Costs vary
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200

www.yoshis.com

Thursday, February 14, 2008

African-American Cultural Celebration Night
This year marks St. Paul Episcopal School’s 21st year of preparing the students to present an evening of music, dance and performance in celebration and honor of Black History Month. Performances include several school choirs involving children from kindergarten through sixth grade, African drumming, dance and more, in a range of idioms: jazz and blues, traditional and contemporary.
Free
7:00 p.m.
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
(510) 285-9619
www.spes.org

Friday Feb. 15

Black History Month Concert Series
Four Horns featuring: Kevin Moore, Jono, Angelou Luster and Stabe Wilson doing Gospel music and Roland Gresham gospel guitarist.
A Betty Gadling Production.
$10

7p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Boulevard
Black Wall Street District
www.allen-temple.org

Saturday, February 16
New Era/New Politics Walking Tour
Stroll through downtown and discover the places where Oakland African American leaders – including C.L. Dellums, Ron Dellums and Lionel Wilson – have made their mark. Presented by Oakland Tours Program.
Free
10:00 a.m.
African American Museum &Library
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 238-3234
www.oaklandnet.com/walkingtours

Business Development Workshop: Doing Business In Oakland
Oakland CEDA Reps will outline the steps needed to do business in the City of Oakland. CEDA will provide resources and support.
Free
1p.m.
Black Wall Street Business Center
9925 International
(888) 616-3110
www.blackwallstreet.org

Saturday, February 16

Book Discussion and Signing by Sarah O’Neal Rush

Author Sarah O’Neal Rush is the great-granddaughter and biographer of Booker T. Washington. Founder of Booker T. Washington Empowerment Network and an accomplished speaker who emphasizes such themes as rising above circumstances, she will discuss and sign copies of her new biography, Timeless Treasure: Reflections of God’s Word in the Wisdom of Booker T. Washington.
Free
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200
www.oaklandlibrary.org

February 16

Black History Celebration

Free planetarium showings of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” throughout the day. Hands-on, take home activities showcasing important contributions by African Americans to science and technology.
Free with Admission
10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.
Chabot Space & Science Center
(510) 336-7373
www.chabotspace.org

Saturday, February 16

Reception for Huey P. Newton Photo Exhibit

The reception will be hosted by Elbert “Big Man” Howard, one of the original six members of the Black Panther Party and the editor of the Black Panther Party newspaper. Free
1:00 p.m.
West Oakland Public Library
1801 Adeline Street, Oakland
(510) 238-7352
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Sunday, February 17

Trading Traditions: California’s New Cultures
Lonny Shavelson, co-curator and photographer of the Trading Traditions: California’s New Cultures exhibition, leads a discussion with Caribbean historian Val Serrant, Tomi Seon of the Islands of Fire dance company and Don “Little Cloud” Davenport from the Black Native American Association, on their respective communities’ contributions to California history.
Free
2p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
(510) 238-2200
www.museumca.org

Monday February 18

Kevin Bond Reading
His concise, empowering book is aptly entitled, “A Servant’s Guide from a Servant’s Heart: Ministry from A to Z.
5:30p.m.
Free
Elmhurst Branch Library
1427 88th Avenue, Oakland
www.KevinBond.com

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Live Performance & Artists’ Talk for Cultural Connections: A Satellite Exhibit of The Art of Living Black 2008
Performance by Mechelle LaChaux and Rodney Bell and conversations with the artists featured in the exhibition. Presented in collaboration with the Richmond Art Center. BART, AC Transit
Free
5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Craft & Cultural Arts Gallery, State of California Office Building
1515 Clay Street, Oakland
(510) 622-8190, (510) 238-7386
www.oaklandculturalarts.org

February 21 to April 19, 2008

Opening Doors
The exhibit celebrates the contributions of African American academic surgeons to medicine and medical education.
Free
Hours vary
African American Museum & Library
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Friday February 22

Black History Month Concert Series
A drama performed by the Allen temple youth department doing a portrayal of Slab Town Convention. This is a dramatization of a convention meeting during the early part of the 18th century.
$10
7p.m.
Allen Temple Baptist Church
8501 International Boulevard
www.allen-temple.org

Saturday February 23

New Entrepreneurs Workshop
This Workshop will focus on the basics of business and tools for marketing strategies and technical support. All new business owners should attend this workshop.
Free

1p.m.

Black Wall Street Business Center
9925 International Blvd.

www.blackwallstreet.org

Sunday, February 24

Family Explorations! African-American Rhythms On and Off the Canvas
Join in a lively exploration of African American art, music and spoken word in celebration of Black History Month. Families can participate in art projects while musicians from UpSurge Jazz perform pieces inspired by African American art, enjoy a storytelling performance with Children’s Cultural Connection and view a special presentation by an artist included in the Artists of Invention: A Century of CCA exhibition.
Free with Museum Admission
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
(510) 238-2200
www.museumca.org

Black History Poetry Celebration
This Celebration will include readings, poetry, song and soulful performances. The focus of this event is the history of the Black Church in America.
1 p.m.
Free
New Life Church of God in Christ
4450 International Boulevard
http://www.newlifeloverecovery.org/new_life_c_o_g_i_c_.htm

Monday, February 25

The History of African American Migrant Women during World War II
Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo, chair of the history department at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, leads a discussion about the struggles and successes of thousands of African American women who moved to the East Bay during WWII to work in the region’s war industries. Betty Reid Soskin, community liaison to the Rosie the Riveter World War II/Home Front Project in Richmond, is among the panelists.
Free
10:30 a.m.
Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak Street, Oakland
(510) 238-2200
www.museumca.org

New Soul Cooking with Tanya Holland
Ms. Holland is a chef, author, host of the Food Network’s “Melting Pot Soul Kitchen” and the the chef/owner of open Brown Sugar Kitchen. She will share tips and techniques to create healthy, mouth-watering soul food.
Free
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Elmhurst Branch Public Library
1427 88th Avenue, Oakland
(510) 615-5869
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Civil Rights Tales
“Civil Rights Tales” is a “living history” of Civil Rights performed by Stagebridge, the nation’s longest-running senior theater company. The group strives to bridge the generation gap by connecting with intergenerational audiences. The stories will be followed by an open discussion about the road we have traveled and the journey ahead.
Free
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Golden Gate Branch Public Library
5606 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland
(510) 597-5023
www.oaklandlibrary.org

Thursday, February 28 – March 2

Goapele
The Bay Area’s own Goapele returns to Yoshi’s Oakland to perform two very special and unique sets daily. Goapele possesses one of the most alluring and powerful voices, injecting poignant words with both soul and substance. Her voice is quietly seductive, sexy, galvanizing and sweet. She brilliantly experiments with skillful compositions and heart wrenching harmonies, all with a smooth as pearl delivery.
8:00 p.m.
Yoshi’s
510 238-9200
www.yoshis.com

Friday, February 29

Rabbi Michael Lerner
In collaborate with the Berkeley Book Festival, AAMLO presents an author event featuring Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Our Country Back from the Religious Right and editor of the liberal Tikkun magazine. The Reverend Michael Smith and several Bay Area authors will also be on hand.
Free
6:00 p.m.
African American Museum & Library
659 14th Street, Oakland
(510) 637-0200
www.oaklandlibrary.org

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4 Responses to “February 2008 Oakland Black History Month Calendar”

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  2. Rev. C. Solomon said

    Excellent variety…, and the information was presented professionally!

    Thank you,

  3. novoscene said

    Thanks for the kind words!

  4. Ben said

    I have african perfomming group and we will like to perform for the black history month

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