Assemblymember Bonta Celebrates California's Black History

Friday, February 1, 2013

(Sacramento) - February is Black History Month. To commemorate this important part of our nation’s past, California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) takes a look at California’s contribution to Black history and shines the spotlight Colonel Allen Allensworth in this public service announcement. Learn more about this heroic African American from California, in this Assembly Access Video.

Below is a list of events in regards to Black History Month for 2015:

February 11, 6-7:30 pm
African-American Oakland: a Historical Overview*
Oakland History Room, Main Library, 125 14th St.
Oakland History Room librarian Dorothy Lazard will present a talk and slideshow entitled “African American Oakland: a historical overview.” In this overview, she will share key and little-known stories of the social, cultural, economic and political contributions of African Americans in Oakland. or 238-3134

February 13, 7-8:30 pm
26th Annual African American Cultural Celebration
First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
St. Paul Episcopal School’s signature musical event is a knockout evening of music presented by all students, grades K-9.

February 14, 2-4 pm
“We Are All African” film screening and book signing*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
Author Kwadwo Obeng shares his in-depth research on the teachings of the Judeo-Christian-Islamic religions from an African perspective. Disclaimer: the film/book presented does not necessarily reflect the views held by AAMLO or the City of Oakland. or 637-0200

February 15, 12:30-2:30 pm
Love, Gratitude and Ancestry: Screening of Belle
New Parkway Theatre, 474 24th St.
In honor of Black History Month and 25 years of providing services to Oakland youth, families and adults, Attitudinal Healing Connection will be screening Belle. This powerful movie was nominated for the NAACP image award for Best Film and Best Actress. It is based on a true story about a mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral, raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. The character finds love despite the challenges of the racial, social and political order. Afterwards, join in a meaningful discussion about the movie. or 652-5530

February 17, 5:30-6 pm
African American Leaders Recognition Ceremony*
Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
The Oakland City Council will honor leaders and organizations from each of Council District who have made significant contributions to the local African American community. The ceremony will be held at the beginning of the regular Council meeting.

February 17, 9:30-11:30 pm
Tribute to Greats of Black Arts
EastSide Arts Cultural Center, 2277 International Blvd
A tribute to the greats of the Black Arts Movement.  With the transitions of Amiri Baraka, Richard Dedeaux (of Watts Prophets), and Gil Scott Heron, we want time to celebrate our culture and Black Arts.

February 20, 6-8 pm
“Speeches of A Dream” Black History Month Celebration*
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts, 1428 Alice St.
Celebrate Black History Month at this open mic night with poetry, art and music. or 238-7217

February 20, 2-7 pm & February 21, 10 am- 4 pm
Festival of Knowledge*
African American Museum and Library at Oakland, 659 14th St.
AAMLO is celebrating health and vitality at the 2015 Festival of Knowledge. Have you experienced difficulty concentrating? No sleep, no energy? Remember, we are what we eat. Keep those brain cells lively - learn about growing organic food at home, acquire new cooking skills and sample healthy foods. or 637-0200

February 21, 3:30-6:30 pm
Mindful Drumming: Tapping Into Our Love Essence
Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., 3278 West St.
Mindful Drumming is a transformative learning process that offers individuals opportunities to experience diversity through rhythm and sound. Issues can be addressed in a communal manner through the art of synchronistic drumming. In a primal way, we may never fully understand, drumming brings us into rhythm with self, one another, our community and our planet. Participants will utilize the twin concepts of rhythm and sound as a way of raising awareness and consciousness for a rich experience of love, joy and peace. There will be drums available. Kokomon Clottey, author of Mindful Drumming: Ancient Wisdom for Unleashing the Human Spirit and Building Community, will facilitate this gathering. or 652-5530 February 25, 7-9 pm

Healing Justice: A Conversation*
Student Union, Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Join in an intimate evening with visionary healers and spiritual warriors Reverend Zenju Earhlynn Manuel and Dr. Arisika Razak, in conversation with anti-violence activist Alisa Bierria. Healing justice is a framework that identifies holistic responses to intergenerational trauma and violence. In this conversation, we ask what individual and collective practices can be generated to transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds. or 430-2080

February 28, 10am-4pm
First Baptist Church of Alameda African American History Month Celebration
1515 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
You are invited to African American Art, Books, and Music Festival.  African American Art and Books will be on display as well as some items for sale.  In addition, we will have live music performances.  Finally, there will be a bake sale and refreshments. or 522-9243