Black History Month

Guest Poet James Cagney @Claremont

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has performed in venues and museums throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour of Chaos Theory, is available from Oakland's own Nomadic Press. James will read his poems, then sit for an interview; audience discussion will follow the interview. A month before the reading a free chapbook of James Cagney's poems will be available at all BPL branches. James Cagney is the 11th poet in Claremont's Clearly Meant series. 

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African American Genealogy @THP South

In honor of BlackHistory Month, genealogist, Cynthia McDaniels, will teach beginning African American genealogy research for beginners at the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library on Saturday, February 24, from 1:00-3:00pm. The focus will be on researching one’s African American ancestors. All are welcome.

This event is limited to 35 attendees. Staff recommend pre-registering by calling the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch library at 510-981-6260 or by visiting the library. 

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The Snowy Day @North

Celebrate Black History Month with a special viewing of the animated story, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.

Peter was one of the first characters to appear in children's books depicting an African American child in an urban setting. Join us for a look at this 1963 Caldecott Medal winning book and we’ll read stories of more Caldecott-winning titles that depict the African American experience.

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"Who is Black Panther Now?”: A selected screening and discussion of the animated film “Who is Black Panther?" @Central

Duane Deterville, visual culture scholar, presents an entertaining and informative discussion with video clips of the animated film Marvel Knights: Black Panther for adults and teens, geeks and highbrows!

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Evolutionary Blues @THP South

Join us for a screening of "Evolutionary Blues: West Oakland's Music Legacy", followed by a Q&A with film director Cheryl Fabio and musicians Leon Williams and James Levi. 

Cheryl Fabio's new 90 minute documentary film Evolutionary Blues, is about West Oakland, the Oakland Blues, and how postwar development impacted African Americans and their musical hertiage. 

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