Celebrate Black History Month!

By Corrie Pelc

February is Black History Month, and there are a number of opportunities for you and your family to celebrate in the Sacramento area. Here’s a look at just some of the events happening this month!

Quilt Exhibit to Highlight African-American Quilters & Quilts

Sisters Quilting Collective (SQC) will host its second annual quilt exhibit, “A Stitch in Time: The Past, Present and Future,” from February 2 through 28 at The Brickhouse Art Gallery, 2837 36th Street, in Sacramento.

The exhibit will highlight African-American quilters and quilts with a variety of programs, including quilting demonstrations, children’s activities, quilt displays, lectures and film screenings.

For more information, call 916-475-1240 or visit www.thebrickhousegalleryoakpark.com.

Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee. Photo courtesy of Vivian Lee.

Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee. Photo courtesy of Vivian Lee.

Free Tribute Concert to Famed Female Jazz Singers

The Sacramento Public Library will present a musical tribute to famed women jazz singers at a free family concert at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, February 20, in the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria at the Central Library, 828 I Street, Sacramento.
Jazz vocalist and recording artist Vivian Lee and her quartet will celebrate divas of jazz – Carmen McRea, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington.  Hear  the music and learn about the lives of these amazing African American women of the jazz world.  The jazz concert is one of numerous Black History Month programs scheduled at Sacramento Public Library locations throughout February.

For more information, call  916-264-2920 or visit www.saclibrary.org.

Black History Month Family Festival

The Crocker Art Museum will celebrate Black History Month with a showcase of the art, culture, history and traditions of the African Diaspora through its Black History Month Family Festival on Monday, February 18, from 11am-3pm. This free event will feature performances by musical storyteller Asheba, the Vukani Mawethu Choir, and the Sacramento/Black Art of Dance.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. For more information, call 916-808-7000 or visit www.crockerartmuseum.org.

Sacramento State Celebrates Black History Month

California State University Sacramento is offering a number of programs in celebration of Black History Month.

On February 16, award-winning author Eva Rutland, 95, will lead a discussion about her life from her book, When We Were Colored: A Mother’s Story, at 12 noon in the Union Redwood Room at Sacramento State.

On February 19, representatives from Sacramento State and the California State University system will visit churches in Sacramento’s African-American community to urge young people and their parents to begin planning for college. President Alexander Gonzalez will visit St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church at 10 am, and Joseph Sheley, Sacramento State’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, will visit St. John Missionary Baptist Church at 10:45 am.

A photo exhibit by Felicenne Ramey, “We Stand On Their Shoulders,” featuring images of elder African Americans, will be on display from February 12 through March 15 at the Sacramento State Library lobby. The exhibit is open during Library hours: 7:15 am-11 pm Monday through Thursday; 7:15 am-7 pm Friday; 8 am-5 pm Saturday; and 11 am-10 pm Sunday.

And Sacramento/Black Art of Dance will celebrate its “20th Anniversary Concert: Past, Present and Future” in the Solano Hall Dancespace. Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18, 24 and 25; 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26; and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22-23. Tickets are $5-$12 and available at Sac State’s Ticket Office, 916-278-4323 or www.tickets.com.

For more information, call 916-278-6943 or visit www.csus.edu.

Sacramento Library Celebrates Black History Month

Local branches of the Sacramento Public Library are offering a number of programs throughout February to help celebrate Black History Month. Here’s a look at a few – to find more, visit  www.saclibrary.org or call tel:(916) 264-2920.

Find Your Black Ancestors – Genealogy expert Lisa Lee will offer tips of tracing your family’s black history roots on Friday, February 15, at 3 pm at Belle Cooledge Library, 5600 South Land Park Drive, in Sacramento.
The Black Kitchen – Cooking from Our Heritage – Join a discussion about the rich culinary heritage and diverse recipe sources of the African American kitchen on Tuesday, February 19, at 6 pm at the Carmichael Library, 5605 Marconi Avenue.
Tar Beach: Faith Ringgold’s Story Quilts with ArtBeast – Hear a reading of Faith Ringgold’s book, Tar Beach, and explore the author’s story quilts celebrating family heritage on Thursday, February 21, at 4 pm at Arcade Library, 2443 Marconi Avenue, in Sacramento.
WaZoBia with Mr. Sunny – WaZoBia means “Come! Come! Come!” in three distinct Nigerian tribal languages and is an invitation of togetherness and unity. Mr. Sunny shares the spirit of Africa with a cultural drum and dance program on Saturday, February 23, at 1:30 pm at the Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven Library, 7335 Gloria Drive, in Sacramento.
African American Inventors – Magician Forrest Barnes introduces African American inventors who have changed our lives with their remarkable inventions on Saturday, February 23, at 2 pm at McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd., in Sacramento.

African-American History Tour

“Meet” runaway slaves, Buffalo Soldiers, restaurant owners, deacons and gamblers at the Historic City Cemetery’s African-American History Tour on Saturday, February 23, from 10-11 am.

The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is located at 1000 Broadway in Sacramento. For more information, call 916-264-7839 or 916-448-0811, or visit www.oldcitycemetery.com.

3 Kings: Black History Month Celebration

Celebrate black history month at The Brickhouse Gallery in Sacramento with live art, poetry and music performances by Destructikonz w/ Algorhythms, Brother Hypnotic, V.S. Chochezi, immoBme, Sean King, NSAA and Russel Cummings on Saturday, February 16 at 8 pm.

The Brickhouse Gallery is located at 2837 36th Street in Sacramento. For more information, call 916-475-1240 or visit www.thebrickhousegalleryoakpark.com.

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