The Many Lives of Colonel Charles Young

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In observance of Black History Month, Ranger Rik Penn illuminates the life of Colonel Charles Young, who served as Captain in the 9th Cavalry at the Presidio in San Francisco in 1903 and became the first African-American superintendent of a U.S. national park.  Penn discusses the current nationwide petition campaign to promote Young to the rank of general posthumously.


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These cultural events are free and open to the public. Check out all of our Black History Month programs and share your own thoughts on race at Race in the Public Eye.

Upcoming Events

Black History Month Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 8:00 am
Bayview, Bayview General Floor Area
Computer Help for Adults/Seniors
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4:00 pm
Richmond, Richmond Meeting Room
Movie Night: Selma
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:30 pm
Potrero, Potrero Meeting Room

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Upcoming Classes

Wednesday Afternoon Tai Chi with Patrick Lau
Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 1:30 pm
Presidio, Presidio Meeting Room
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Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 6:00 pm
Main Library, 5th Floor Computer Training Ctr.
Chair Yoga with Bascia Lassus
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 1:00 pm
Richmond, Richmond Meeting Room

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Current Exhibits

Celebrating the diverse and beautiful world of Ashley Bryan
Through Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Main Library, Children's Center Exhibit Space
Envisioning the Classics with Color
Through Thursday, March 2, 2017
Main Library, African American Center
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