Black History Month Events 2017
New Orleans Blues Style – This African American Heritage presentation features Kathy Z. Price and her bluesy picture book The Bourbon Street Musicians about wacky farms animals that dream of being famous jazz musicians. Thu., Feb. 9. 10:15am. FREE. Martin Luther King Jr. Branch, 6833 International Blvd., Oakland. 510-615-5728. oaklandlibrary.org.
History Celebration – Honor and celebrate African American history and culture with community leaders and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Center staff through music, art, dance and spoken word. Thu., Feb. 9. 6-8pm. FREE. Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Center, 1730 Oregon St., Berkeley. 510-981-6671. ci.berkeley.ca.us.
Black History Month Tour – KALW Radio Journalist Chris Hambrick shares memories and the history of Oakland's black community in the first-person audio stories and art exhibit she helped create: "What I Hear, I Keep, Stories from Oakland's Griots." Sat., Feb. 11. 2:30-5pm. FREE. Antonio Peralta House, 2465 34th Ave., Oakland. 510-532-9142. bit.ly/BlackHistoryMonthTOUR.
Contra Costa County
“The Art of Living Black” – Come to an enlightening talk with artists from the 21st annual “Art of Living Black” exhibit, open through March 4 featuring a broad range of works from more than 75 Bay Area artists of African descent. Sat., Feb. 4. 12-2pm. FREE. Richmond Art Center, Main and West Galleries, 2540 Barrett Ave. 510-620-6772. richmondartcenter.org.
Black History Month Playing Cards – Celebrate the accomplishments of African American achievers by creating your own trading cards. Fri., Feb. 3. Ages 6 and up. Also available at other branches. See website for times and locations. 4pm. FREE. Pearl Avenue Branch Library, 4270 Pearl Ave., San Jose. sjpl.org.
World Read Aloud Day & National African American Read-In – Read or to listen to books by African-American authors. Thurs, Feb. 16. 11am infants and toddlers; 12pm preschoolers; 1pm adults; 4pm children and teens and 5pm for a story and craft to make Black History Month trading cards featuring famous African Americans. FREE. Evergreen Branch Library, 2635 Aborn Road, San Jose. sjpl.org.
Black History Month Storytime – Special storytime celebrating Black History Month. Fri., Feb. 17 and Wed., Feb. 22. Also available at other branches. See website for times and locations. 4pm. FREE. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 150 E. San Fernando St., San Jose. sjpl.org.
SF, Marin & Peninsula
If I’m Not Black, What Does Black Lives Matter Have to Do With Me? – Participants of all ages raise their understanding and consciousness. The talk will be facilitated by Karen Fleshman, who helps people understand how racism works and how to overcome it. Tue., Feb. 7. 4:30-5:30pm. FREE. 415-355-5600. Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Library, 351 Ninth Ave. 415-355-5600. sfpl.org.
Museum of the African Diaspora – This is the go-to venue to learn about black history. Current exhibitions include Urban Africa, Slavery Narratives and The Bayview Project, a collection of oral histories from African-Americans who moved to the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. Wed.-Sat., 11am-6pm; Sun., 12-5pm. $10 general, $5 students, under 13 FREE. 685 Mission St., ground floor of the St. Regis. 415-358-7200. moadsf.org.