Black History Month Events Are Plentiful in Sacramento

DSC_0024SACRAMENTO – African American citizens and culture take center stage as programs and events in recognition of Black History Month are scheduled for throughout February. The following list highlights some local events.

Friday, February 1, open hours— The Central Library presents the Ladies of Lincoln’s Era Exhibit through March 11. “Twelve stories of mischief- making, trend-setting and pistol-wielding women who made a difference in American history” Women featured in the exhibit include Harriet Tubman, ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad; Clara Barton, who established the American Red Cross; and abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth. The Central Library is located at 828 I Street. For more, call (916) 264-2920 or visit

Saturday, February 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.— The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum presents “Greatness: A Celebration And Legacy Of Black History.” Festivities include exhibits, performances, storytelling, children’s arts activities and vendors. The museum is located at 2251 Florin Road, Suite 126. For more information, call (916) 320-9573.

Saturday, February 2, 12 noon — In celebration of Black History Month, the Sisters Quilting Collective presents its Second Annual Quilt Exhibit titled “A Stitch in Time: The Past, Present and Future” at the Brickhouse Gallery & Art Complex, located at 2837 36th Street. The exhibit, highlighting African quilters and quilts, runs through February 28. There will be an opening reception on Feb. 2 from 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. and a closing reception on Feb. 28 6:00-8:00 p.m. For more, contact Jan Hollins at (916) 613-7401 or Barbara Range at (916) 475-1240.

Saturday, February 2, 1:00 p.m.— Evolve the Gallery hosts an opening reception for “44,” an unrestrained visual art perspective on President Barack Obama. The exhibit features an eclectic mix of history etched in oil, acrylic, aerosol, pencil, pen, metal, clay, and fabric. Evolve the Gallery is located at 2907 35th Street. For more, call (916) 572-5123 or visit

Wednesday, February 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m.— The California Department of Education hosts several events for Black History Month including a panel discussion on the historical ramifications of the Emancipation Proclamation. Join noted professor, speaker, and motivator, Dr. Milmon Harrison, in this thought-provoking, informational, and moving education panel where he will engage the audience on the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. The discussion will be held at the 1500 Capital Avenue Auditorium. For more information, call (916) 888-8656.

Thursday, February 7, 6:00 p.m.— Learn how Black surfers break waves and stereotypes with the film screening, discussion and exhibit, “White Wash” at the Center For Contemporary Art Sacramento (CCAS), 1519 19th Street. The documentary explores the history of a rarely detailed surfing culture
 within the African American community with historical archival film footage to trace the development of this culture, from slavery and civil rights wade-ins to contemporary surfing in Southern California. Join CCAS’ Exhibition Member and exhibition curator A. Michelle Blakeley, Whitewash producer Airrion Copeland in a community screening and discussion about the film. Seating is extremely limited, those interested in attending must RVSP by 5:00 p.m. on February 6 by calling (916) 498-9811.

Thursday, February 7, 7:00 p.m.— Recording artist Anthony Hamilton comes to Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre for a performance and lecture as part of the University of the Pacific’s Black History Month Celebration. Tickets range $15-40. The theater is located at 242 E. Main Street, Stockton. For more information, call (209) 946-7707.

Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m.— The Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women presents its 24th Annual Sweet Potato
Festival from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sam Pannell Community Center, located at 2450 Meadowview Road. There will be entertainment,
vendors, children’s arts and crafts, and of course sweet potato treats. Admission is free. For more, contact Delores Johnson at (916) 491-6850 or visit

Saturday, February 9 11:00 a.m.—Adults are invited to attend “The Black Kitchen – Cooking from Our Heritage” at the Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd. Discuss the rich culinary heritage and diverse recipe sources of the African American kitchen. Share your favorite recipes and create something delicious with ingredients supplied at the program. Program will also be held on Wednesday, February 13 at 11:00 a.m. at the Rio Linda Library, 902 Oak Lane, Rio Linda and at 6:30 p.m. at Sylvan Oaks Library, 6700 Auburn Blvd., Citrus Heights, Thursday, February 21, at 4:00 p.m. at the Del Paso Heights Library, 920 Grand Avenue and Saturday, February 23, at 2 p.m.: Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 7340 24th Street. For more, call (916) 264-2920 or visit

Saturday, February 9, 1:00 p.m.—Artist Renee Billingslea will be featured in “The Fabric of Race” exhibit at Evolve the Gallery. Can decades of secrecy and denial be overcome at last by artists of Billingslea’s generation, emerging after the Civil Rights era, whose work relies on new attitudes and possibilities? The event is set to run at Evolve the Gallery from 1:00-6:00 p.m. Evolve the Gallery is located at 2907 35th Street. For more, call (916) 572-5123 or visit

Sunday, February 10, 2:00 p.m.— Celebrate Black History Month with Ebo Okokan at the Central Library, 828 I Street. Explore the rich tradition of the Afro-Cuban culture through drumming, dance and song with this exciting folkloric music and dance ensemble. For more, call (916) 264-2920 or visit

Tuesday, February 12, 8:00 p.m.— Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Isabel Wilkerson comes to UC Davis’ Mondavi Center
For The Performing Arts to discuss her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” as part of the university’s Campus Community Book Project. The discussion will be held in Jackson Hall. Tickets range $20-40 for regular admission and $10-20 for students. For more, call (530) 754-2787.

Wednesday, February 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m.— The Zigmasters host their Fourth Annual Black History Month Celebration in the Ziggurat Auditorium, located at 707 3rd Street, West Sacramento. Experience historical events and people with The Zigmasters as they honor Black History Month in Toastmasters fashion. For more information, contact David Kalemba at (916) 376-1826.

Friday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. —The University of the Pacific celebrates Black History Month with several events including “Gospelfest 2013: Reach Out and Praise.” The concert, featuring Grammy-nominated artist Anita Wilson, J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise, will be held at Progressive Community Church, 2820 South B Street, Stockton. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at or at the Box Office on Pacific’s campus. For more, contact UOP’s Multicultural Center at (209) 946-7707.

Sunday, February 17, 4:00-6:00 p.m.— A Black History Month film showing of the new documentary “Mama C: Urban Warrior in the African Bush” takes place at the Antiquite Maison, 2114 P Street. Share an evening with Charlotte O’Neal, artist, musician, activist and co-director of the United African American Community Center (UAACC) in Tanzania, East Africa. O’Neal will debut the film, share her poetry and discuss the many programs of the UAACC as well as opportunities to visit and volunteer in Africa. The event is a fundraiser for the Leaders of Tomorrow Children’s Home. Donation of $10 is suggested. For more, contact Gail at (916) 761-8648 or Bill at (916) 455-0908 or visit

Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.—The Sacramento Public Library will present a musical tribute to famed women jazz singers at a free family concert in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at the Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento. Jazz recording artist Vivian Lee and her quartet will celebrate divas of jazz – Carmen McRea, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington. Hear the music and learn about the lives of these amazing African American women of the jazz world. For more, call (916) 264-2920 or visit

Saturday, February 23, 10:00 a.m. —Meet runaway slaves, Buffalo Soldiers, restaurant owners, deacons, and gamblers on a Black History Month tour of the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, located at 1000 Broadway. Whether arriving free or as slaves, African-Americans couldn’t vote or testify in court and dealt with widespread discrimination. Hear their stories and learn about the background of these Sacramento residents. Free parking available in the lot at 10th and Broadway, across the street from the 10th Street entrance. Tours are free; however, donations are appreciated and benefit cemetery preservation. For more, call (916) 264-7839 or (916) 448-0811.

Saturday, February 23, 2:00 p.m. —Sacramento Regional Transit District is celebrating its annual Season of Civil Rights to promote awareness
of the significance that transit played in the American Civil Rights Movement. Come out to the Valley Hi-North Laguna Library and visit Sacramento RT’s 1958 historic bus “Old Blue” and hear storyteller Angela James talk about Rosa Parks who refused to give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. The library is located at 7400 Imagination Parkway. For more, call (916) 264-2920 or visit

Tuesday, February 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m.— The California Department of Education continues its Black History Month celebration with a discussion itled, “Emancipation of Mind, Emancipation of Hair.” Come and listen to Rene Lesane, owner and creator of Komaza Hair Care Products, discuss the complex relationship African Americans have with their hair. Receive a glimpse of “hair-story” through the lens of African Americans. Ms. Lesane will also share her personal hair emancipation story. Discussion will take place at 430 N Street, Room 1101. For more information, call (916) 888-8656.

Thursday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.—As this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the Sacramento Public Library hosts the discussion, “March on Washington Fifty Years Later.” Join Sac State history professor Joseph A. Palermo for a presentation on this pivotal event at the Central Library, 828 I Street. Professor Palermo is an expert on social movements of the 20th century and the history of American foreign policy. For more, call (916) 264-2920 or visit

Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m. — The University of the Pacific continues its Black History Month programming with guest speaker, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar, the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) all-time leading scorer, will discuss lessons he learned as a professional athlete, his accomplishments since he retired from playing basketball and his love of history which inspired his latest book, “What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors.” The event will be held at the Faye Spanos Concert Hall. For more, contact UOP’s Multicultural Center at (209) 946-7707.

Saturday, March 9, 8:30 a.m.—The Eighth Annual African American Family History Seminar is set to run 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sacramento
Family Search Library, 2745 Eastern Avenue. There will be more than 20 classes on genealogy topics. This year’s seminar will also acknowledge
the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and how it impacted/impacts African American family history and research. For more information, call (916) 487-2090.


By Genoa Barrow
OBSERVER Senior Staff Writer