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 2018, 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
San Francisco Public Library
All events FREE
> Download – “More Than a Month” 2018 Program Guide (PDF)
- The Black Comix Arts Festival – Jan. 14, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
- I Am Alfonso Jones Comic Arts Demo – Jan. 13, Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room
- Jazz Performance by Six Roses – Jan. 13, Anza
- Hambone, History and Humor with Unique Derique – Jan. 13, Marina & North Beach
- Kirk Waller – African and African-American Stories – Jan. 19 Portola & Jan. 20 Main Library, Children’s Center
- African Dance with Moeketsi Gibe – Jan. 20, Park
- African Drumming with Moeketsi Gibe – Jan. 20, Mission
- Musician Rado with Kids Music SF – Jan. 13, Noe Valley, Jan. 23, Golden Gate & Sunset
- Charlottesville, Anthem Protest and Race – Jan. 24, Park
- Talking with Kids About Race: Nurturing Justice – Jan. 27, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
- Film Screening: Moonlight – Jan. 27, Western Addition
- Asheba, Musical Storyteller – Jan. 27, Ocean View
Baseball Exhibit & Events
A Game of Color The African-American Experience in Baseball– Beginning Jan. 13, Main Library, Skylight Gallery
• Sunday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m.,
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Film, Only the Ball Was White. Discussion with exhibit curator Terry Cannon and former major league baseball player Nate Oliver.
Film: Called Up: The Emmett Ashford Story
• Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.,
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Film clips tell the story of Major League Baseball’s first African American umpire who brought flare and style to the game. Discussion with filmmaker Doug Harris follows.
Beyond Branch Rickey: The Hidden Forces Behind the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Barrier
• Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m., Main
Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Robert Elias discusses Jackie Robinson and others who contributed to the breaking of the color barrier.
Programs for Adults
The Black Comix Arts Festival
• Sunday, Jan. 14, 1–5 p.m., Main Library,
Koret Auditorium and Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Hugo and Nebula award winner, Nnedi Okorafor with Victor LaValle and Matt Ruff. Book sale and author signing follows.
Black Freedom Struggles in the Jim Crow West by Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin
• Saturday, Feb. 3, 2 p.m., Potrero
• Saturday, Feb. 10, 2 p.m., Bayview
• Sunday, Feb. 11, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
African-American Studies Department Chair of City College of SF shares her research and insights on the Black freedom struggle in the west. A lecture and discussion highlights events surrounding and leading up to the 1966 uprising in San Francisco’s Hunters Point. Black History Pioneers: Stories of African
Americans in the Early Days of the Old West
• Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Merced
Ranger Rik Penn conveys the fascinating history of African Americans in San Francisco, California, and in the National Parks. A slide presentation accompanies the talk.
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony – CANCELLED
• Saturday, Jan. 27, 11:30 a.m., Visitacion Valley
• Saturday, Feb. 10, 12:30 p.m., Ocean View
• Saturday, Feb. 24, 2:30 p.m., Western Addition
Celebrate Black history and culture with a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony.
Freedom Quilt Craft
• Wednesday, Feb. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m., Portola
Inspired by the work of the Alabama Freedom Quilting Sewing Cooperative, Portola district artist, Charles Dabo, leads a paper version of a patchwork quilt workshop.
Harriet Tubman: A Forgotten Legacy and a Forgotten History
• Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6 p.m., Main Library,
Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Presented by Dr. Tarik Farrar of City College of San Francisco
Langston Hughes’ autobiography The Big Sea
• Tuesday, Feb. 27, 7p.m., Excelsior
Presented by the Excelsior Book Club
West African Guitarist, Jesse Sabhi
• Saturday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m., Richmond
• Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m., Mission Bay
Jesse Sahbi takes you on a musical journey to his homeland on the Ivory Coast. Sit back and enjoy the smooth West African jazz sounds.
World Literature Book Club: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple
• Thursday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.,
Main Library, Paley Rm., 3rd Floor
A discussion of the award-winning novel.
#Charlottesville, Anthem Protests and Race with Bill Doggett
• Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Park
• Wednesday, Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Merced
• Saturday, Feb. 24, 1 p.m., Sunset
Archivist, history scholar and documentary filmmaker, Bill Doggett, examines the legacy of the Civil War with regards to race, Confederate monuments, #BlackLivesMatter and anthem protests and how these issues continue to impact and inform who we are as Americans.