AAMLO’s Women History Month Series Spotlights Extraordinary Women in Extraordinary Times

Release Date: 
Tue, 03/06/2018

The African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO; 659 14th Street, Oakland) is commemorating Women’s History Month with a series of relevant programs throughout the month of March. All programs are free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 10, 2 p.m. – Careth Reid
Ms. Reid is a native of Berkeley and a lifelong educator and champion of community service in the Bay Area. She is a recipient of the San Francisco State University “Alumna of the Year” award and an inductee in the university’s Hall of Fame. She will be signing copies of her book, “The Picture Man: From the Collection of Bay Area Photographer E.F. Joseph, 1927–1979” which she wrote with co-author, dance legend, and Oakland native, choreographer, Ruth Beckford.

Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. – Halifu Osumare
A participant and witness, scholar and advocate, Ms. Osumare continues to be a force in the Bay Area dance scene. Her new book, “Dancing in Blackness: A Memoir” traces her coming of age as a dancer and choreographer, and her collaborations with Katherine Dunham, Pearl Primus, and Donald McKayle, among others. In the words of Ntozake Shange, Ms. Osumare has “tackled the mystery that is the magic of contemporary African American dance.”

Saturday, March 24, 12:30 p.m. – Honoring the Women
The Women’s Committee of the Oakland NAACP will honor several generations of women leaders, past and present, by recognizing them for their achievements in various spheres. Following the NAACP program, Cultivating Gardens will present health and wellness for women: a self-care experience through gardening, herbal infusions, yoga and meditation. Wellness is not just about freedom from sickness it also means being aware of healthy choices that gives us a totally fulfilled life.

Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. – Oakland City Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney
Councilwoman McElhaney is serving a second term representing Oakland's Council District 3. Known as a bridge builder and advocate, she will speak on "Women, Power, and Change," addressing issues swirling in society, with the national and local women's marches as a focal point for organizing. What do African American women want for themselves and their communities? How are they using their power? Are they learning from their forebears and black women leaders of the past?

For more information, contact 510-637-0200, or aamlo@oaklandlibrary.org.