Black History Month Events Start Next Week

Courtesy photos &nbsp&nbsp One of the works from Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983.

Black History Month Events Start Next Week

Black History Panel at Alameda Library
Those not interested in the Super Bowl can escape to the quiet of the library to celebrate Black History Month with a presentation taking place Sunday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. “Black Youth: Exploring the Road to Success,” will discuss the experience of reaching the top with local Black leaders. 

Moderated by Kiki Devoramonifa, panelists for the discussion include: Oral Lee Brown, founder of the Oral Lee Brown Foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth attend college; Michelle McAfee, an educator and writer and Ron Whitaker, a founding parent of Academy of Alameda.

Admission is free, light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit

Discuss Exhibition by Black Artists
On Monday, Feb. 10, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the library will play host to a talk focused on Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983, an exhibit originated at the Tate Museum in London. Currently at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the exhibit focuses on Bay Area artists from the era of Black Power. It honors the work of Black artists and shows how their art helped define the political and social movements of their time. A museum docent will present information about the exhibit and its historical significance.

Admission is free. For more information, visit

Alameda Main Library is located at 1550 Oak St. Both programs listed above are made possible due to a grant from the Alameda Rotary Club. More events are planned at the library this month, see page 5 for more details.

Island Poets Celebrate
The Alameda Island Poets will feature four poets to honor Black History Month: Aqueila M. Lewis-Ross, Garrett Murphy, Wanda Sabir and Amos White, at the group’s monthly meeting set for Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. Hosted by Nanette Deetz and Alameda Poet Laureate Cathy Dana, the gatherings take place at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts, 1601 Paru St. Following the features and light refreshments the poets host a “famously friendly” open mic.

Lewis-Ross is a multi-talented, award-winning Bay Area native well-versed in singing, poetry, spoken word and journalism. 

Murphy is well-known in the Bay Area poetry scene as a political and human-nature satirist. 

Sabir is a poet, arts activist, journalist, college professor and radio host.
White is an awarded haiku poet and author, producer and civil rights activist. 

The four poets speaking this month with Alameda Island Poets, top to bottom: Aquelia Lewis-Ross, Garrett Murphy, Wanda Sabir and Amos White.