Celebrate Local Black Leaders and Women’s History

February and March provide an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the contributions of people who have had an impact on Alameda’s history and society.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in February that helps us recall important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. Women’s History Month in March highlights the contributions of women.

To mark Black History Month, Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft issued a proclamation during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, encouraging Alamedans to observe and celebrate Black History Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.

These activities happening in Downtown Alameda celebrate the accomplishments of women and Blacks in our society, both locally and globally:

Black Women Leaders: Our Stories
Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak St. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

Three prominent Alameda black women leaders will discuss their lives and careers during a panel discussion:

  • Christine Chilcott is CEO of Girls Incorporated of the Island City and currently the only Black person running a non-profit in Alameda.
  • Ardella J. Dailey, EdD was the first black superintendent of Alameda Unified School District (AUSD). She is currently an AUSD trustee and also an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Cal State East Bay.
  • Vickie R. Smith founded Encinal High School Black Student Union while a student. She is a long-time activist for diversity and equity in schools and is a retired Family Support Services Liaison for AUSD.

The discussion will be moderated by Alameda resident Akilah Monifa who is an editor and writer for a number of publications and radio outlets specializing in current events, sports, media, race, class, sexual orientation, arts and pop culture.

The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Alameda Free Library.

Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World
Books Inc., 1344 Park St. Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.

From the author of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History comes a beautifully illustrated collectible detailing the lives of women creators around the world. New York Times-bestselling author and illustrator Vashti Harrison will be at Books Inc. in celebration of her a highly anticipated follow-up for kids, Little Dreamers: Visionary Women Around the World.

The book features the true stories of 35 women creators, including writers, inventors, artists and scientists. Readers will meet trailblazing women like Mary Blair, Hedy Lamarr, Wangari Maathai, Zaha Hadid, Maya Deren and Chien-Shiung Wu. Some names are known, some are not, but all of the women had a lasting effect on the fields they worked in. Find out more at booksinc.net.

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