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Black History Month: Contra Costa Black History Month Library Events

Children's Events

Kidworks: African Dancing, Drumming & Traditions

Kidworks Touring Theatre Co. presents a "hands-on" "African Dancing, Drumming and Traditions" Workshop

Join Kidworks on a "hands-on" tour through the continent of Africa...learn to speak Swahili, dress in a boo-boo, play games from the Congo, beat the Djembe drum, do the Ku-Ku dance, compete in a Limbo contest and re-enact an African Wedding Ceremony. This educational and fun program is loaded with audience participation, and includes authentic fabrics and instruments. Recommended for children ages 3-12 / 45 min in length. For more information call 773-972-7112 / or visit


Kidworks Artist in Residencies


Black History Month Movie - Activity Afternoons for Ages 3 and Up

In honor of Black History Month, watch short films based on award willing children's books about people who changed the world through their courageous actions. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Pittsburg Library. For special accommodations, please contact the Library with 72 hours notice. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

popcorn on black panel


Events for Everyone

Daphne Muse Lecture

Soul Food Cooking Class with Chef David Smith

Join us for a night of cooking with family with Chef David Smith of Kid Creole Soul Food Restaurant in Oakland. He’ll teach us to combine fresh, delicious ingredients which can connect us with African American culture and feed our souls! All ingredients and cooking utensils will be provided and we'll sample our own cooking at the close of class!

Hercules Library

Registration required. Ages 5-adult. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by parents.

Afro-Latin Drumming Workshop with Loco Bloco

Our Loco Bloco drum workshop will focus on the community aspect of carnaval. Participants will learn LB original compositions rooted in Afro-Latin diaspora percussion, common rhythms played in carnaval in the Caribbean and the Americas and its importance culturally. With an emphasis on the "Bloco" philosophy: a street/neighborhood/block culture that was born out of resistance and a fight for Black Brazilians' participation in carnaval.
Please register now and join El Cerrito Library for a fantastic Black History Month experience for the whole family!

Loco Bloco Afro-Latin Drumming Workshop

"The Artist in Society" Viewing

Please join us as local award winning filmmaker Eva A. Ma shows her film "The Artist in Society" which is about a local, East Bay artist named Hershell West who has been president of the board of directors of both the Richmond Art Center and ProArts in Oakland. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Hercules Library

Film Showings for Teens & Adults

Black History Month Film Week: Loving

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker. This film is Not Rated. 1h 40m

San Pablo Library







The Antioch Library will celebrate Black History Month with a trio of award winning films, including:

February 4th: Fences
February 11th: Marshall
February 25th: The Hate U Give
Photo by Myke Simon on Unsplash

Black History Month Film Week: Fruitvale Station

The story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, who crosses paths with friends, enemies, family, and strangers on the last day of 2008. Rated R. 1h 25m

San Pablo Library

Fruitvale Station

Black History Month Film Week: Whose Streets?

Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. Rated R. 1h 30m.

San Pablo Library

Black History Month Film Week: Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists documenting the Black Power Movement in the United States is edited together by a contemporary Swedish filmmaker. Not Rated. 1h 40m.

San Pablo Library

Fresh Dressed - The Evolution of Rap Fashion

Fresh Dressed: The Evolution of Rap Fashion

A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion's catwalks and Middle America shopping malls. Director Sacha Jenkins' music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.

Featuring Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, Andre Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid 'N Play & many others.