On Saturday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m., the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) will be the site for Michael Payton, Executive Fellow from CaliforniaVolunteers in the Office of Governor Jerry Brown, to read the Governor’s proclamation declaring Black History Month in California.
The theme of Black History Month 2018 is “African Americans in Times of War.” AAMLO is hosting programs every Saturday in February exploring this theme. These programs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. are free and open to the public. Following the reading of the Governor’s proclamation by Oakland-native, Michael Payton, of the Executive Fellows Program in the Governor’s office, National Parks Service Ranger and Vietnam-era veteran, Frederick Penn, will conduct a presentation on Col. Charles Young, commander-in-chief of the 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers when they were stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco in 1903. That year, the 9th Cavalry was the first African American escort for a U.S. president when the unit accompanied President Theodore Roosevelt on his caravan through downtown San Francisco. Col. Charles Young, one of the most significant African American figures in U.S. military history, had deep ties to California, including his marriage to Ada Mills, born in Grass Valley, and a longtime resident of Oakland.
In the words of Governor Brown’s proclamation, “This Black History Month, let us remember the prominence of African Americans in our military history and pay tribute to those serving in all branches of the armed forces today.”
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is located at 659 14th Street. For more information, contact Susan D. Anderson, AAMLO’s Interim Chief Curator, at SAnderson@oaklandlibrary.org or 510-637-0197. Visit AAMLO online at http://oaklandlibrary.org/locations/african-american-museum-library-oakland.