By Nicholas Ibarra | OBSERVER Staff Writer

On Friday Feb. 25, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Eta Gamma Omega Chapter Arts Committee will host its virtual 2022 Black History Month Showcase, chronicling the musical contributions of African Americans from the time their African ancestors were first brought to America’s shores to the present.

​​The showcase “The Blues: A Soundtrack of Evolution” will shine a light on the poignant and powerful musicianship and musical performances central to the African American experience and also central to the sounds of many American musical genres.

Event registration is available online, using this link:

The greater Sacramento community and beyond is invited to be inspired, captivated, and educated by performances and sharings from a variety of vocalists, musicians, historians, and students, including: 

  • vocalist Vivian Lee;
  • Grammy nominated, blind vocalist and saxophonist Nat Brown; 
  • double bassist and orchestra director Marcus Shelby; 
  • millennial saxophonist, recording artist, and music teacher Myles Taylor; 
  • professor and author Dr. Cornel West; 
  • west coast blues royalty Terrie Odabi; and 
  • students from Irene B. West Elementary School and from the Kid’s Time Program at Sacramento’s Celebration Arts Theater.

Contact Persis Ingram for any information regarding the event:

Eta Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® was established in Sacramento, California on November 22, 1958. Through the visions of its sixteen charter members, the chapter has established an outstanding legacy of programs and service to the Sacramento community. Today the Sacramento chapter is more than one hundred active members strong and continues to serve the Sacramento community through service programs that address significant issues in the areas of education, health, social justice, family, the arts, technology and economics. The chapter proudly works with SMUD, the B Street Theater and other essential partners as they strive to address and amplify their priority issues.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) is an international service organization founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 300,000 members in graduate and undergraduate chapters in all 50 of the United States and more than 55 nations, including Liberia, the Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, South Africa, and Dubai. Led by International President Dr. Glenda Glover, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.”