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

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2018
Media Contact: Katherine Jardine
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More Than A Month
The Library celebrates Black history, culture and heritage


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 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. This year, the Library has titled the programs that celebrate 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 roundmorethanamonth.

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


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


Music Performances & Dance Classes

Film Screenings

Exhibits & Displays