AAMLO Online: September 2020

While the African American Museum & Library at Oakland’s galleries remain closed due to the pandemic, virtual exhibits and online resources bring history home.

During this time of virtual museum offerings, the African American Museum & Library at Oakland (AAMLO) has been working on new initiatives to connect, share and engage. Each month, AAMLO will share upcoming online events and original exhibitions that highlight the art, history and culture of African Americans in Northern California. Follow us on social media or sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date. 


September 2020 Program Calendar


Join us in September 2020 for self-guided virtual tours of the long-term and changing exhibitions installed in the Museum.  

View at your leisure | Online video coming soon

Explore Visions Toward Tomorrow: The African American Community in Oakland, 1890-1990, a long-term exhibition that examines one century of African Americans building families, neighborhoods, and businesses as they fought for social justice and freedom in the dynamic East Bay, Northern California. Examine the Black presence in Oakland as presented in the tripartite mural cycle, Journey of Promise, by painter Daniel Galvez and quilt artist Patricia Montgomery. Join AAMLO staff on a video tour of highlights from the exhibition.

View at your leisure | Online

Visit the virtual installation of books, Black Women and the Shaping of American Democracy, which offers insights on Black women as suffragettes, voters, and elected officials as we observe the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that granted women the right to vote.

View at your leisure | Online video coming soon

Explore Oding Muata: The Man, The Artist for perspectives on visual art created by Oakland’s late native son and educator. The exhibition, primarily consisting of portraiture, is grouped into four headings: musicians—instrumentalists; women—the blue series; popular entertainers, and star athletes—basketball players. Join AAMLO staff on a video tour of highlights from the exhibition.


Enhance your understanding of African American history, culture, and aesthetic expression with the varied points of view offered by lecturers, panelists, artists, educators, researchers, and activists.

September 17th, 5:00 pm | Zoom

Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Led

Meet Kitty Kelly Epstein and Bernard Stringer as they discuss their book, Changing Academia Forever: Black Student Leaders Analyze the Movement They Led (Myers Education Press, 2020). In 1968, a four-and-one-half month strike closed San Francisco State College and brought some measure of equality to this institution of higher education. The first Black Studies Department and the admission of thousands of students of color resulted from an effort organized by Black student leaders in cooperation with students of various cultural backgrounds as well as the support of faculty and members of the San Francisco community.

This event is being co-sponsored by the African American Museum & Library at Oakland and Holy Names University. To register for a Zoom link, email aamlo@oaklandlibrary.org.

View at your leisure | Online

Join your neighbors and friends at Soiree AAMLO for an incredibly delightful evening of the arts. Our evening, offered virtually, will start with the spoken word rhythms by Bay Area spoken poet and anti-sexual abuse activist, Nicia De’Lovely. We then invite you to listen to the melodious mood setting sounds of a jazz trio consisting of Jelani Newsome-Noble, Gerald Williams, and Brandon Farmer. Finally learn about the life and paintings of exhibiting artist, the late Oding Muata (1955-2018) from his brother Drew Smith and friend Vince Owens.

Saturday Children's Story Hour

Travel across time and visit different parts of the world through the magic of reading. Our storybooks acquaint us with people, places, and events, (both real and fictional) that shape our understanding of African Americans, others in the African diaspora, and peoples of the African continent.

Saturdays coming soon | Zoom

This virtual program will feature a lesson plan designed for each publication. Lesson plans follow standards set by the California State Board of Education for children (grades K through 3) with a focus on three subject areas: English language arts, history and social sciences, and visual arts.  

Download sample lesson plans for: Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon and The Hero in the Helmet: Colin Kaepernick

Digital Collections

AAMLO's archival collections are a unique resource on the history of African Americans in Northern California and the Bay Area.

View at your leisure | Online

The archives includes over 160 collections documenting prominent families, pioneers, churches, social and political organizations. Finding aids are available in the Online Archive of California and digitized items in Calisphere