Alameda to Celebrate Black History Month


To mark Black History Month, the City of Alameda plans to place banners at City Hall, on Central Avenue and on Webster Street during the last two weeks of February. The banners illustrate the influential faces of John Lewis, Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, James Baldwin and Elector Littlejohn.

At the Tuesday, Feb. 21, City Council meeting, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer will issue a proclamation, encouraging Alamedans to observe and celebrate Black History Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

The city will also join Alameda Unified School District’s Black Achievers Alliance and the Bay Area Community Resources (BACR) LEAPS expanded learning program to showcase and recognize African-American history. 

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in the multi-purpose room at Ruby Bridges Elementary School, 351 Jack London Ave. Participants will collect winter coats and non-perishable food items, including chili beans, raisins, trail mix and sunflower seeds, as well as disposable containers and spoons. 

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 25, the BACR LEAPS “Hearts & Hand” service project will prepare and distribute hot meals along with warm coats to Alameda and Oakland residents, who are currently homeless and living on the streets.