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January 31, 2013
African American History Month events in Sacramento

WHITEW1.JPGFebruary is African American History Month (aka Black History Month). This year's theme is "Black Women in American Culture and History," honoring the many roles they've played in the development of the nation.

Sacramento will celebrate the month with a variety of cultural events.

At the Sacramento Public Library:

Ladies of Lincoln's Era Exhibit. Twelve women who made a difference, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth and Clara Barton. Feb. 1 thru March 11.

Celebrate Black History Month with Ebo Okokan. Explore Afro-Cuban culture through music, dance and drumming. Feb. 10, 2 p.m.

Here's to the Ladies with the Vivian Lee Quartet. Sacramento vocalist Vivian Lee will share stories and music of the great jazz singers of the past, Carmen McRea, Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Dinah Washington. Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. (for adults).

March on Washington, Fifty Years Later. CSUS Professor Joseph Palermo will discuss the 1963 March on Washington during which Martin Luther King gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Feb. 26, 6 p.m. (for adults).

At the Crocker Art Museum:

Black History Month Family Festival. African American history celebrated in a program of music, dance, dramatic performance, gallery experiences, hands-on art and arts/crafts market. Feb. 18, 11 to 3 p.m.

At the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum:

Greatness: A Celebration And Legacy Of Black History. Six art exhibits: "Family: Those We Love," Sacramento Africa American Art Collective; "Mudcloth Madness," Kuumba Collective Art Gallery; "The Slave Experience," Joe Pollakoff; "Past, Lessons Learned" and "Black History is World History," Roshumba Clarke; "Through My Eyes," James House; and the Phoenix Park Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Youth Exhibit. Special Museum Day activities include Magician Forrest Barnes, The Youth Aviation Academy, pianist Ras-Nico, the Kucheza Ngoma II Dance Company. Also there will be a marketplace, museum guided tours, food, entertainment, storytelling and children's art activities. Feb. 2, 10 to 4 p.m.

PHOTO CREDIT: "Woman Worker" by Charles White. The painting is oil on canvas from 1951. It was displayed at the Crocker Art Museum in 2000.

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About Sac History Happenings

California and Sacramento have a long, rich, vibrant history. And our region is blessed with an abundance of historical resources maintained by museums, libraries, archives and societies. This blog aims to alert readers to the latest developments in local/state historical education and research.

Send tips concerning upcoming exhibits, tours, lectures and meetings, as well as new books, magazine articles and online collections to the blog's contributors.

The Contributors:

Michael Dolgushkin

Michael Dolgushkin is Manuscript Librarian at the California State Library History Section. He is co-author of San Francisco's California Street Cable Cars and is a frequent contributor to the California State Library Foundation Bulletin. Contact him at

Amanda Graham

Amanda Graham is a Certified Archivist working in the Sacramento Room of the Sacramento Public Library. She earned a BS in History from Southern Oregon University and a MS in Information Studies with an emphasis in archives from The University of Texas at Austin. Contact her at

Pete basofin

Pete Basofin is Director of Editorial Research at The Sacramento Bee. He previously worked at The St. Petersburg Times and Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune. Contact him at

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