Bay Area Black History Month Events (February 1-4)

Listing of Black History Month events taking place Wednesday, February 1 to Saturday, February 4. If you have an event you would like posted to the calendar, email theblackhour (at) gmail (dot) com.


"African Americans in Education"
6-8pm, Unit 1, Cheney Main Lounge, UC Berkeley Residential Housing

What is wrong with education in Black communities??? But most importantly, what will we do as Black students to help improve education in our communities??? Come to a panel and discuss the state of education for Black communities and the realities of many primary and secondary children in the public school system.

We will discuss the problems, and primarily focus on possible solutions, including, but not limited to TeachForAmerica. Black TFA Corps members, seniors who have accepted offers, and college students who were taught by TFA corps members will discuss their experiences with and views towards TFA's impact on public education. We will have a Q and A session for those who have questions, concerns or apprehensions about TFA and engage in healthy dialogue to reach a place of common understanding for the betterment of public education in the Black community.

Speakers include student activist Jevon Cochran.

RSVP: Facebook event


Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone Film Screening and Discussion
6-9pm, Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Thursday, February 2nd
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a FREE screening and panel discussion of the film, EVERYDAY SUNSHINE: THE STORY OF FISHBONE, a documentary about the musical group Fishbone and the social and cultural forces that gave rise to this pioneering Black punk rock band from South Central-Los Angeles. From the shifting faultlines of Hollywood fantasies and the economic and racial tensions of Reagan's America, Fishbone rose to become one of the most original bands of the last 25 years. With a blistering combination of punk and funk they demolished the walls of genre and challenged the racial stereotypes and political order of the music industry and the nation. Telling it like it is, the iconic Laurence Fishburne narrates EVERYDAY SUNSHINE, a story about music, history, fear, courage and funking on the one.

Post-screening discussion with Fishbone's frontman Angelo Moore, filmmakers, Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler, and cultural critic, Jeff Chang, along with a spoken word musical performance by Angelo's alter ego Dr. Madd Vibe.

This event is made possible with the generous support of the California Council for the Humanities.
FREE to the public.


"Black History Month Celebration Through Film Series"
6-10pm, Oakland City Hall Council Chambers
1 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612

Oakland's Vice Mayor Desley Brooks, Rocky Seker, and Black Cinema At-Large are holding Black Independent Film screenings at City Hall in Council Chambers every Friday in February in celebration of Black History Month. A reception will be held before each screening. On February 3, the film will be "Make A Movie Like Spike" (soon to be "The American Dream").

More info: Blog/Site


African American Celebration Through Poetry
1-4pm, West Oakland Library, 1801 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA
The 22nd Annual African American Celebration through Poetry is Saturday, Feb. 4, 1-4 p.m. at the West Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline Street, (510) 238-7352. Hosted by poet, journalist and professor Wanda Sabir. This year the theme is great black women. All are welcome to attend. There is an open mic at the end of the program.


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Reverend Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.
The History of the Black Church
Saturday, February 4, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
MoAD Salon (2nd floor)
685 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA

As part of MoAD's ongoing lecture series Migrations of the Sacred: Spiritual Practices Across the Diaspora, Dr. Wright will present a special lecture entitled “The History of the Black Church” on Saturday, February 4, 2012, from 2-4 pm. The lecture will be followed by a book signing of Dr. Wright’s new book A Sankofa Moment: The History of Trinity United Church of Christ.

Dr. Rev. Jeremiah Wright will lecture on the formation of the first American black churches in the 1800’s up to their present role in fostering community organization, political leadership, in addition to religious fellowship. After the lecture Rev. Dr. Wright will be available to sign copies of his recent publication, A Sankofa Moment: The History of Trinity United Church of Christ, which gives the 48-year history of the Trinity United Church of Christ with a major emphasis on the building of the largest United Church of Christ congregation within the denomination that developed several ministries and several entities under the pastorate of Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.

More info: Jeremiah Wright tickets

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Filmmaker's Lounge with Kevin Epps
3:30pm, de Young museum’s Koret Auditorium
San Francisco

In celebration of Black History month, Kevin Epps returns to curate and host films by local filmmakers in de Young museum’s Koret Auditorium. The first film, "Which Way is Up" will be shown Saturday, February 4 at 3:30 p.m., followed by Q&A with screenwriter Cecil Brown.

Richard Pryor plays a landmark role—actually, three roles—in this comedy, which has gained cult status among Pryor fans. Orange-picker Leroy Jones finds himself fired from his job and alienated from his friends and family as a result of accidentally joining a union strike.

Site: de Young artist fellow Kevin Epp's page

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