Celebrate Black History Month with Your Library!

Your Library is hosting a series of online events to help you Explore, Connect, and Grow! Everything from storytime, to dance, to lectures... we've got something for you!

Stay up to date with event changes, cancellations and additions at www.oaklandlibrary.org/events.

Click here for Black Culture Fest events and info.

Click here for Black history books released in the past year.

Revolution or Death: The Life of Eldridge CleaverRevolution or Death

Take an excursion with Justin D. Gifford, Professor of English at the University of Nevada-Reno, as he focuses on his new book, Revolution or Death: The Life of Eldridge Cleaver. The book examines the life of a revolutionary and the context of profoundly changing times. An illuminating study of a complex, memorable historical figure.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Saturday, February 20, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm - Online (Registration available at Eventbrite)
tags: Black Panther Party history, lecture  




Black Culture Fest - Celebrate the joy, beauty, and heritage of Black children and their families and communities.

Children's Library Mahasin hands items to child patron

Children's librarian Mahasin Abuwi Aleem, will read stories that reflect the joy, beauty, and heritage of Black children and their families and communities. This is a recorded program that will air online on February 22, 2021 at 11:00 AM  at https://www.facebook.com/Oaklibrary. You can also enjoy it later on the OPL YouTube channel.
Monday, February 22, 2021
tags: #BlackCultureFest, children, storytime, OPLonline, kids


Black Men in White Coats 

Join AAMLO for a special virtual screening of a film project that “seeks to increase the number of Black men in the field of medicine by exposure, inspiration, and mentoring." Less Black men applied to medical school in 2014 than in 1978 and Black men have the lowest life expectancy in the United States. With only 2% of American doctors being Black men, this comes as no surprise. This documentary dissects the systemic barriers preventing Black men from becoming medical doctors and the consequences on society at large.
Friday, February 26, 2021 - March 1, 2021
5pm - Online (https://www.blackmeninwhitecoats.org/)
tags: #BHM, medicine, doctors, health, education, film




Black History Month Trivia HourBlack History Month Trivia

Test your knowledge. Open to all ages but geared toward youth & families, this trivia event will focus on questions related to famous members of the African diaspora. There will be prizes, for local participants who can pick up during sidewalk service hours. RSVP on EventbriteGot questions? email ptoney@oaklandlibrary.org
Saturday, February 27, 2021
4pm - Online (RSVP on Eventbrite)
tags: #BHM, trivia, children, family

Previous Events:

Black Women and Political Leadership

Judy Juanita

The year 2020 will go down in history as a important milestone in American politics, particularly for the roles Black women played. Not only was a Black woman elected to the vice presidency of the United States, but a number of Black women rose to prominence for their grassroots work in voter registration, policy reform, and criminal justice work. Join Oakland History Center librarian Dorothy Lazard as she hosts Alicia Garza, principal of the Black Futures Lab and co-creator of Black Lives Matter; newly-elected Oakland councilwoman and Moms4Housing advocate Carroll Fife; Linda Burnham, co-founder of the Women of Color Resource Center; and local author and former Black Panther Party newspaper editor Judy Juanita as they discuss the developing roles and influence of Black women in political leadership over the past decade. This will be a virtual program through Zoom. Register here.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
6pm-7:30pm - Zoom (registration required)
tags: #OaklandHistoryCenter, BPP, social justice, civil rights 



Black Culture Fest: Young Truths, Beautifully Told

Oakland Youth Poet Laureate

Join us for the young adult segment of February's Black Culture Fest 2021, as Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists Siara Edmonds and Monique Jonath share their poems and engage with Oakland students. Free and open to all ages! Pre-register here to receive the Zoom link and other information.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
10:45am-11:45am - Zoom 
Tags: #OYPL #OPLonline #BlackCultureFest2021, teens, youth poetry




Virtual African Dance Class (Congolese) with LaKiesha Golden

Dancer LaKiesha Golden dancing

Soukous music and Ndombolo dance hails from the heart of Africa, the Congo! If you like to move, have fun, dance, try something new, then please join us with Congo style Dance with dancer LaKiesha Golden! Email librarian Ajoke Kokodoko (akokodoko@oaklandlibrary.org) for Zoom link.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
2pm-3:15pm - Zoom 
tags: dancing, African Culture, arts



31st Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

Sis. Wanda Sabir

Join us on Facebook for the 31st Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry! Due to the pandemic, this annual gathering and celebration will take place virtually in 2021. This year's theme is The Black Family, hosted by Sis. Wanda Sabir.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
1pm-4pm - Facebook
tags: local authors, Black poets

The Land Question with Marvin X, Nefertiti Jackmon, and Amira Jackmon 

Marvin X speaking into a microphone

Registration available at Eventbrite"Revolution is based on land. Land is the basis of all independence. Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality." A Message to the Grassroots (November 10, 1963) - Malcolm X. Join Marvin X, publisher of Black Bird Press News & ReviewNefertiti Jackmon, guest editor of the special issue on The Land Question, and Amira Jackmon, attorney at law as they discuss Black people—especially families—and their efforts to acquire, maintain, and pass on to future generations an investment and security in land.
Saturday, February 6, 2021
3pm - Online (Register on Eventbrite)
tags: land security, systemic inequity, racial equity


Black Culture Family Storytimes  

Join children's librarian Lolade for a fun, informative and affirming Family Storytime celebrating Black culture. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021
10:30am - 11:00am - YouTube & Facebook
tags: storytime, family, reading

Black Matters: The World of AfrofuturismFilmmaker Celia Peters wearing blue lipstick

What is Afrofuturism? Join filmmaker Celia Peters for a discussion of this cultural phenomenon and its various expressions in art, music, film, and fashion. Learn what Afrofuturism is, where it came from, and why it’s here to stay. RSVP on Eventbrite.
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
6:00pm - Online (RSVP on Eventbrite)
tags: #Afrofuturism, arts, culture, #OPLonline