Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Oakland

1. Go to the Black Joy Parade
February 24th, 2019
The Black Joy Parade provides the black community and allies, a live experience that celebrates our influence on cultures past, present, and future. Oakland will unite a diverse community by creating a space to express everyone’s  unique contributions to the black experience. The parade will journey 8 blocks through downtown Oakland and conclude with a community celebration.

2. Attend Black Vines—A Toast to Black Wineries and Diverse Art
February 23, 2019
Join this celebration of culture, art, and wine that brings together Black Artists, Black Musicians and features Black Winemakers and Vintners.
Located at DeFremery Park at 1651 Adeline Street

3. Visit the Oakland Museum for two important exhibitions.
Question Bridge: Black Males Exhibit
Immerse yourself in intimate videos—woven together and arranged to simulate face-to-face conversations between participants—among a diverse group of over 160 Black men across the United States. Hear these men answer each other’s questions with exceptional honesty and vulnerability, and share stories, beliefs, and values in a personal portrayal of their lives.

Black Power
This new installation illustrates the creative ways black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government. This moment in California history will be represented through historic photographs, provocative objects, iconic posters, paintings and interactive prompts that encourage visitors to take action out in the world.

4. Make a trip to Oakland’s The African American Museum and Library
659 14th Street
The African American Museum and Library at Oakland is dedicated to discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical and cultural experiences of African Americans in California and the West for present and future generations.

5. Enjoy some soul food at one of Oakland’s finest.
BKSC Brown Sugar Kitchen Counter is at 2295 Broadway Avenue
This iconic West Oakland brunch hotspot has relocated nearby to Uptown! Tanya Holland, a well-known chef, cookbook author and contestant on Top Chef, brings you updated renditions of soul food classics in a lively and comforting atmosphere.

Everett & Jones BBQ 126 Broadway Avenue
In 1973 Dorothy Turner Everett opened Oakland’s beloved BBQ & soul-food restaurant. This family owned business is a great place for live entertainment!

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