More Than A Month - The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2018 Media Contact: Katherine Jardine (415) 557-4295;

. The Library is championing 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. On Feb. 7, Historian and archivist Bill Doggett, in a multi-media presentation, examines the historic role of racism during the Civil War and compares it with the current heated and divisive debate about race during the first year of the Trump administration. This program takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the Merced Branch Library. Visit the African American Center in the Main Library to learn about historical, political and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and beyond. In addition to housing a collection of reference materials spanning a broad range of subject areas, the Center organizes many free exhibits and programs. “All year long we invite you to join us every day, in every library location,” says library spokesperson Katherine Jardine, “to continue honoring and celebrating the diverse and special histories and heritages that make up our beloved City and our unique country.” All programs and exhibits are free and open to the public. More information, including the program guide, at PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS Tales from Africa to Black America with Muriel Johnson – Feb. 6, Richmond #Charlottesville, the Civil War, and Race: Why the Civil War Still Matters – Feb. 7, Merced 1966 Bayview Uprising and BVHP History – Feb. 10, Bayview Black Freedom Struggles in the Jim Crow West – Feb. 11, Main Library, Koret Auditorium Harriet Tubman: A Forgotten Legacy – Feb. 13, Main Library, Latino / Hispanic Rooms Race, Disability and Poverty in Children’s Books – Feb. 18, Main Library, Koret Auditorium Crafts:

  • Tyree Guyton Treasure Boxes – Feb. 10, Potrero
  • African Beads for Teens – Feb. 15, Mission
  • Freedom Quilts – Feb. 21, Portola
  • African Beads for Tweens and Teens – Feb. 23, Ortega
  • Afri-Crafty with MoAD An interactive program that combining the telling of African "How and Why" tales with crafts and storytelling activities
  • Feb 3, Visitacion Valley
  • Feb 3, Parkside
  • Feb 5, Excelsior
  • Feb 24, Mission Bay
  • Feb 24, Potrero

Music Performances & Dance Classes

  • West Portal’s Open House with The Waldorf High School Jazz  Band – Feb. 3, West Portal
  • Hip Hop Dance Class for Teens with Marjorie Ortiz – Feb. 6, The Mix at SFPL
  • Musician Rado with Kids Music SF – Feb. 8 at Eureka Valley and Chinatown Branches
  • Annual Black History Celebration with the SF Jazz High School All-Stars Combo – Feb. 10, Bernal
  • Six Roses – Feb. 13, Parkside
  • Musical Storytelling with Asheba – Feb. 16, Western Addition
  • Hambone, History and Humor with Unique Derique – Feb. 22, Ocean View
  • Six Roses – Feb. 24, Presidio
  • Hambone, History and Humor with Unique Derique – Feb. 24 at Bayview and Ingleside
  • West African Jazz – Feb. 28, Mission Bay

Film Screenings

  • San Francisco Black Film Festival: Print Shop and In the Hour of Chaos – Feb 4, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
  • Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song – Feb 8, Visitacion Valley
  • I Am Not Your Negro – Feb. 11, Western Addition
  • Race – Feb. 15, Golden Gate Valley
  • Soundtrack for a Revolution – Feb 15, Visitacion Valley
  • The Girls in the Band – Feb. 20, Richmond
  • Alice's Ordinary People – Feb 22, Visitacion Valley
  • All Eyez on Me – Feb. 25, Western Addition
  • The Princess and the Frog – Feb 28, Bayview

Exhibits & Displays

  • A Game of Color– Main Library, Skylight Gallery
  • If Superpowers Could Save My Community–Main Library, African American Center
  • Jerry Pinkney: A Journey Through Illustrations – Main Library, Children’s Center
February 1, 2018