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SF’s Black History Festival

Two months of free events celebrating African-American arts and culture
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Black History Month is an integral part of our nation’s tradition in which we promote affirmative examples of important historical events, honorable leaders and steps towards collective change.

About the Festival: Beginning on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday weekend and throughout February, the Library champions Black history, culture & heritage with special music, dance, crafts and storytelling events at every branch in the City. More Than a Month features film screenings and literary events for adults, interactive events for teens, hands-on activities for kids and exhibits, music and craft classes for the whole family.

In 2019, the San Francisco Public Library has titled all the programs celebrating Black history, culture & heritage More Than a Month in an effort to emphasize that reflection, open dialogue, interdisciplinary education and shared advocacy needs to take place in our communities every month, all year round.

“More Than a Month” Black History Festival
January-February 2019
San Francisco Public Library
All events FREE

> Download – “More Than a Month” 2019 Program Guide (PDF)

Program highlights:

Exhibits:

The Port Chicago Story January 26 – February 28, Treasure Island Museum

During the 75th Anniversary of the Port Chicago disaster and trial, view an exhibit which tells the story of the explosions, the trial and their impact. Presented by the National Park Service, in partnership with the Treasure Island Museum and the San Francisco Public Library.

Upcoming Events:

  • Black History Buttons
    Friday, January 18, 2019
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Merced
  • The Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Main Library, Poets Café – Lower Level
  • The Black and Brown Comix Arts Festival
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Main Library, Koret Auditorium
  • A Mysterious Book Club
    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial
  • Been Rich All My Life
    Tuesday, January 22, 2019
    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    West Portal
  • More than a Month Snack and Social Hour
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019
    4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    Ingleside
  • George Washington Carver Peanut People
    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Golden Gate Valley
  • Kirk Waller: African and African-American Stories
    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
    Marina
  • Eureka Valley Book Club
    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial
  • Kirk Waller: African and African-American Stories
    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    3:30 pm – 4:15 pm
    Parkside
  • Black History Month Celebration of Garrett’s Gift
    Monday, February 4, 2019
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Richmond/Senator Milton Marks
  • Films for Adults
    Monday, February 4, 2019
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Golden Gate Valley
  • Teen Movie: Loving
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
    North Beach
  • Teen Movie: Akeelah and the Bee
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Excelsior
  • Open Books: Kimberly Marshall
    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
    Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room A/B
  • African American Quilts with Peopleologie
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Ocean View
  • Film: I Am Not Your Negro
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Excelsior
  • Children’s More Than a Month Film Fest
    Wednesday, February 6, 2019
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Merced
  • Black History Month Storytime
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    10:00 pm – 10:30 pm
    Bernal Heights
  • Hughes’ Dream Harlem
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Richmond/Senator Milton Marks
  • Movie: The Princess and the Frog
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Visitacion Valley
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
    Thursday, February 7, 2019
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Main Library, African American Center Exhibit Space – 3rd Floor
  • Friday Matinee: Black Panther
    Friday, February 8, 2019
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Noe Valley/Sally Brunn
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Sunset
  • Afternoon Film and Craft: Queen of Katwe
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Ingleside
  • Music with Keenan Webster
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Portola
  • Drag Queen Story Hour
    Saturday, February 9, 2019
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    West Portal
  • Raceball: Race & the National Pastime
    Sunday, February 10, 2019
    1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Main Library, Koret Auditorium
  • Sunday Matinee: BlacKkKlansman
    Sunday, February 10, 2019
    2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Western Addition
  • When We Were Kings
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Ortega
  • The Four Hundredth Anniversary of Slavery
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
    Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room A/B
  • Make a Treasure Box
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Mission Bay
  • Movie Night: BlacKkKlansman
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Ortega
  • Queen of Katwe
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial
  • The Four Hundredth Anniversary of Slavery
    Wednesday, February 13, 2019
    7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Merced
  • Movie and a Meal — Crooklyn (1994)
    Friday, February 15, 2019
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Potrero
  • Movie: Am I Too African to be American? Am I Too American to be African?
    Friday, February 15, 2019
    4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
    Visitacion Valley
  • Make a Treasure Box
    Saturday, February 16, 2019
    11:00 pm – 12:30 pm
    Western Addition
  • Collaborative Crochet
    Saturday, February 16, 2019
    12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    Visitacion Valley
  • Kirk Waller’s African American Stories
    Sunday, February 17, 2019
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Park
  • Fagen: An African American Renegade in the Philippine-American War
    Sunday, February 17, 2019
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room A/B
  • Film: Whose Streets?
    Sunday, February 17, 2019
    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Western Addition
  • Storytelling with Kirk Waller
    Sunday, February 17, 2019
    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
    Main Library, Children’s Storytelling Room – 2nd Floor
  • Frederick Douglass & Martin Luther King Jr.
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Sunset
  • Neglected Films: Paris Blues
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Golden Gate Valley
  • African Paper Plate Necklaces
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
    Chinatown/Him Mark Lai
  • Gee’s Bend Quilts
    Thursday, February 21, 2019
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    North Beach
  • BlacKkKlansman – Audio Described Film
    Friday, February 22, 2019
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Main Library, Koret Auditorium
  • Black History in Visitacion Valley
    Saturday, February 23, 2019
    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Visitacion Valley
  • A brief History of Pan with Fauna Solomon
    Saturday, February 23, 2019
    4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
    Potrero
  • Poverty Scholarship
    Sunday, February 24, 2019
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Main Library, Koret Auditorium
  • Movie Matinee: Queen of Katwe (PG)
    Sunday, February 24, 2019
    2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Bernal Heights
  • Courage Under Fire
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Main Library, Koret Auditorium
  • West African Guitar Performance by Jesse Sahbi
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Mission Bay

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