SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS BEGIN

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San Francisco Public Library is hosting a number of programs in honor of Black History Month this February.

Beginning this week, the African-American Interest Committee of SFPL sponsors Focusing On Rewarding Work And Restoring Dignity (F.O.R.W.A.R.D.) a four-week work development program at the Main Library and at the Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library.

Developed and facilitated by John Weber, F.O.R.W.A.R.D. is a unique work readiness training program designed to empower economically-challenged individuals by removing the victimization attitude about their unemployment and underemployment status. Through a specialized series of workshops, participants are empowered to identify and address personal barriers to gainful employment; understand the proper etiquette for entering the workforce; and acquire the mental ability to problem-solve work and family-related issues in a professional manner.

Over the four weeks, attendees will benefit from such topics as communication skills, resume and cover letters, job search skills and professionalism. The workshops conclude with a self assessment and career exploration session with Mr. Weber. The workshops at the Main will be held on Wednesdays in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room, 6-7:45 p.m. on Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. At the Bayview Branch, the workshops will be held on Thursdays from 6-7:45 p.m. on Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25.

The Untold Story of Alcatraz with Filmmaker Kevin Epps

The African American Center of SFPL is presenting local award-winning filmmaker Kevin Epps screening his latest film, The Black Rock, this Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium at Main Library.

The Black Rock aka Black Alcatraz explores the untold story of the African American experience on Alcatraz from the 1930′s to the 1960′s. The film is told through the eyes of three prisoners, Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, aka the black Al Capone, a Harlem gangster, godfather and numbers operator who was sent to Alcatraz for his continued criminal influence in prison; Robert Lipscomb, a convicted counterfeiter turned prison activist who fought against discrimination and unfair treatment of blacks; and William “Ty” Martin, a convicted postal robber who was involved in a daring mastermind escape from the confines of Alcatraz.

Legacy of the Buffalo Soldiers

At the turn of the 19th century, Congress established the Buffalo Soldiers as the first peacetime African-American regiment in the U.S. Army. Frederik Penn, interpreter and educator at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, will present a program about the role these soldiers played in shaping the national park system with an emphasis on the 9th Cavalry stationed at the Presidio of San Francisco. Join us Thursday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the Richmond Branch Library, 351 Ninth Ave.

Roots Of Faith, Roots of Freedom

Join us at the Main Library on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the Koret Auditorium, for a program on negro spirituals and their connection to Africa. The program will show the progression of African faith and culture beginning with the singing of old Yoruba songs that honor ancestors and praise the Divine.

The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights in San Francisco

Historian Paul Miller will discuss his new book, The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights: African Americans in San Francisco, 1945-1975, with a reading and book signing on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room at the Main Library. This program is in relation to our current Main Library exhibition, Occupation! Economic Justice As a Civil Right In San Francisco, 1963-64, which is on view through March 27, on the Sixth Floor, outside the SF History Center.

Black History Month Film Screening and Discussion

Osiris Coalition presents a panel discussion about The State of Black San Francisco and a screening of the film, Medicine for Melancholy, at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Koret Auditorium, Main Library. The film is a love story about bikes and one night stands, told by two African-American young adults dealing with being a minority in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco. A Q&A with filmmaker Barry Jenkins follows the screening.

Exhibition: Faces and Places of Ghana

The photos of Dr. Marcus Lorenzo Penn, a Bay Area physician, will be featured in the exhibition, Faces of Ghana Photo Reflections on view through March 11, in the African American Center on the Third Floor of the Main Library. The San Francisco Public Library was chosen to host this exhibition because of its location on the West Coast of the United States—providing a symbolic connection with the West Coast of Africa and creating a place “where the Diaspora meets the domestic” and where the two worlds can be shared, one photo at a time, said Dr. Penn.

Children’s Programs

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3

*Celebrate Black History Month with Kirk Waller! – An electrifying, musical and magical performance. For ages 7 & older.
Main Library, Second Floor, Fisher Children’s Center, 10:30 a.m.

and Western Addition Branch Library, 1550 Scott St. (at Geary) 1:15-2 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 6

*Textiles of West Africa Craft Program – The Museum of Craft and Folk Art presents a slide show, artifacts and craft program. Learn about the adinkra symbols used by the Asante in Ghana, and create a stamped fabric strip. For ages 6 and older.

Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Branch Library, 1 José Sarria Court (16th Street @ Market) 1:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 9

*Music and Stories with Asheba – Celebrate with Caribbean music and storytelling.

Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library, 5075 3rd St. (at Revere), 10:30-11:15 a.m.

THURSDAY, FEB. 11

*Harpist from the Hood! – The Magic Harp Music of Destiny Muhammad! For children of all ages.

Main Library, Second Floor, Fisher Children’s Center, 10:30 a.m.

TUESDAY, FEB. 16

*Chris McAlister and the Never Stop Learning Crew – Come and enjoy the educational music of Chris McAlister’s Never Stop Learning Crew! See them perform their hit songs including Vegetable, Reading is My Hobby, and Count with Me.

Bayview/Anna E. Waden Branch Library, 5075 3rd St. (at Revere), 10:30-11:15 a.m.

MONDAY, FEB. 22

Celebrate Black History Month – Join us for stories and fun in celebration of Black History Month.

Ocean View Branch Library, 345 Randolph St. (at Ramsell), 3 p.m.

FRIDAY, FEB. 26

*Dance Kaiso – Join us for a performance of Caribbean music and dance. Children of all ages welcome.

Ocean View Branch Library, 345 Randolph St. (at Ramsell), 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, FEB. 27

*The Amazing Derique –In celebration of Portola Library’s one-year anniversary, and in honor of Black History Month, hambone expert and circus artist Derique will amaze and entertain children of all ages.

Portola Branch Library, 380 Bacon St. (at Goettingen Street), 3 p.m.

*Sponsored by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

All programs at the library are free.

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