Celebrate Black History Month In Oakland, California

With community events, performances, exhibits and local businesses
that celebrate Black Joy - Oakland shares its rich Black history with locals and visitors

 

Oakland, CA - Oakland, California’s black roots run deep. The diverse city is built on civic pride. From those who began the social movement Black Panther Party, to innovators in the music industry, to Oakland born Kamala Harris - the first Black female Vice President of the United States of America - Oakland continues to inspire.  The Town’s diverse community is home to many Black-owned businesses, amazing arts, culture and culinary offerings, and Black pride events that welcome visitors for Black History Month and beyond. Here are many ways to enjoy Oakland this February and celebrate Black History Month.

 

RIDE WITH PRIDE

BLACK JOY ON WHEELS

Join Black Joy Parade and the town’s team - Oakland A's, for a community led,

music lit, Black Joy bike ride. All you need is a set of bike wheels and a love for Black community to join this free event. Sunday, February 6, 2022 | 12pm | blackjoyparade.org

 

ENJOY LOCAL BLACK PERFORMANCE ART

GOLD BEAMS SECOND MONDAYS OPEN MIC

Second Mondays is a multi-disciplinary open mic for Black people to share and enjoy incredible art. The stage welcomes comedy, poetry, singing, rapping, instrumentalists and more. The event is free! February 14, 2022 | 6pm | New Parish 1743 San Pablo Avenue |  blackjoyparade.org

 

JOIN AN AMAZING CELEBRATION

THE 5TH ANNUAL BLACK JOY PARADE IS HERE

Join the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. A parade and festival to celebrate the Black experience past, present and future. Sunday, February 27, 2022. The parade begins on 14th and Broadway in downtown Oakland at 12:30pm PST. Following the parade, The Black Joy Parade celebration will be held at 19th and Broadway and feature a curation of 200+ local artists, craftsmen, food vendors, performances and more. Admission is free for all. Donations are appreciated. February 27, 2022 |

blackjoyparade.org

 

ATTEND UNFORGETTABLE MUSICAL PERFORMANCES

AT THE HISTORIC PARAMOUNT THEATER

DEBBIE ALLEN’S PLAYLIST WITH THE OAKLAND SYMPHONY

The stage and screen star shares the playlist of the music that has transformed her remarkable life. Conductor Rickey Minor. Saturday, February 12, 2022. 8pm to 10pm

 

WEST COAST LEGENDS OF HIP HOP

An evening with local legends Warren G, Too Short, Digital Underground, Luniz and DJ Quik. February 25, 2022, 8pm.

 

SMOKEY ROBINSON

Enjoy the music of acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson whose career spans over four decades. Don't miss him - LIVE! February 26, 2022. 8pm

paramountoakland.org

 

TAKE A BLACK HISTORY TOUR

BLACK LIBERATION WALKING TOUR

The Black Liberation Walking Tour (BLWT) is a community-led cultural tour celebrating Hoover-Foster’s multi-generational Black history and culture. The walk takes guests through the 100 year narrative ribbon leading from the early West Coast civil rights movement through the second wave of the Great Migration to the Black Liberation actions of the present day. A project of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network (WOCAN) , the BLWT captures oral histories to document the lives, art, and culture of long-time residents, historical figures, and rapidly disappearing former Black cultural spaces.  blwt.org

BLACK PANTHER PARTY ALUMNI LEGACY OAKLAND TOUR HOSTED BY ORIGINAL BLACK PANTHER ALUMNI

Honoring their 55th Anniversary, the Black Panther Party invites guests to discover a deeply unique, educational experience in the birthplace of the Black Panther Party: Oakland, California.  The official 2-hour BPP Alumni Legacy Tour features a walking tour with original Black Panther Party members (from the Black Panther Party Alumni Legacy Network) providing direct access and true stories of the Panthers in historical locations in Downtown Oakland. This tour will dismiss the historical fallacies and falsehoods on what the Black Panther Party was all about. Conducted by the revolutionaries who were there, guests get a true idea of what really happened. bppaln.org

 

EXPERIENCE POWERFUL ART & EXHIBITS

OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA (OMCA)

MOTHERSHIP: VOYAGE INTO AFROFUTURISM

Visit OMCA and embark  on a fantastic journey into the heart of the Afrofuturism movement with Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism.  Experience the work of some of the central figures of this cultural phenomena—author Octavia E. Butler, avant-garde jazz musician Sun Ra, and filmmaker Kahlil Joseph. Explore contemporary artworks, a Dora Milaje costume from the film Black Panther, photography, and other historical objects. Experience a replica of the Mothership itself— musician George Clinton of Parliament Funkadelic’s Afrofuturistic vessel—and relax in an otherworldly video installation, a curated playlist by DJ Spooky, and more. Learn about the connections between important figures of Afrofuturism and the ways in which Afrofuturism is present in our everyday lives. Through February 2022. museumca.org

 

REMEMBER THEM: CHAMPIONS FOR HUMANITY MONUMENT 
The Remember Them: Champions for Humanity Monument statue stands proudly in the Henry J. Kaiser Memorial Park, in downtown Oakland. This inspiring bronze sculpture depicts 25 culturally diverse role models who made significant contributions toward global peace, freedom and human rights over the past 150 years. The Monument, designed in four sections is cast in 60,000 pounds of bronze and stands 31 feet high and 52 feet long. The champions honored on the monument include; Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Mary Ann Wright, Dr. Marcus Foster, and many more. 

 

OAKLAND ART MURMUR

Oakland Art Murmur (OAM) seeks to amplify the voices of Oakland’s artists and arts workers and connects the public to the eclectic and incredible art of Oakland. OAM features many Black artists and supports the community by generating not only local, but also regional, national, and international attention to Oakland, providing good-news stories about the city’s thriving art scenes and cultural renaissance.  Check out their Friday Art Walks, Saturday Strolls and Self Guided Tours.  oaklandartmurmur.org

 

GET YOUR FASHION ON AT BLACK OWNED SHOPS & BOUTIQUES

Oakland celebrates entrepreneurial spirit and is home to several black owned shops and boutiques that offer a selection of clothing to suit a variety of styles.  Recognized by Vogue Magazine as one of the top fashion boutiques in the U.S. -  McMullen celebrates its 15th year anniversary this year and proudly showcases fashion from several Black designers.  Taylor Jay Collection designs high-quality, eco-friendly fashion basics for all women. And for Oakland branded attire – check out Oaklandish and Oakland’s Own.  shopmcmullen.com  taylorjaycollection.com  oaklandish.com  oaklandsown1852.com

 

EAT & DRINK WITH HEART & SOUL

Oakland’s culinary scene is as diverse as The Town’s culture itself.  There are more than 40 Black owned food and drink businesses in Oakland.  With chicken & waffles, the best barbecue in the Bay Area, yummy cookies, cakes and pies, Michelin star cuisine, gourmet coffee houses, and craveable vegan bites – Oakland has it all! 

For a list of Oakland’s Black Owned food and beverage establishments go to VisitOakland.com.

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