Author, poet and educator Kwame Alexander will share excerpts from The Playbook, a collection of poems and verse inspired by notable athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James and Michelle Obama. Alexander is a 2015 John Newbery Award winner for most distinguished book for children and a New York Times Bestselling author. This perfectly-pitched event is for kids, teens and adults. Join us for an author signing and book sale post event!
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2-4 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library
The Origins and Traditions of Black Activism
Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, African-American Studies Department Chair at City College of San Francisco, presents "Activism, Uprising, Protest in the San Francisco Bay Area (1966-1971)," a lecture, presentation, and discussion that explores the origins and traditions of Black activism in the Bay Area.
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6-7:30 p.m., Koret Auditorium, Main Library
Martha C. Taylor: From Labor to Reward
From Labor to Rewardis an epic story of black people sojourning from the south to the Pacific Coast and starting their own independent churches in a social context of discriminatory practices. Martha Taylor takes us on a journey through four time frames; Gold Rush (1849–1909), First Migration (1910–1939), Second Great Migration (1940–1949), and the Civil Rights Era (1950–1972).
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-7:30 p.m., African American Center, Main Library
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Alex is a bruja and the most powerful witch in her family. But she's hated magic ever since it made her father disappear into thin air. When a curse she performs to rid herself of magic backfires and her family vanishes, she must travel to Los Lagos, a land in-between as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland, to get her family back
Struggling to fit in because of her mixed-race heritage, 16-year-old Scotch is baffled when her skin becomes covered by a sticky black substance that cannot be removed at the same time her brother is swallowed up by a mysterious bubble of light and their town is overcome by a malevolent supernatural force.
Twelve-year-old Sunny Nwazue, an American-born albino child of Nigerian parents, moves with her family back to Nigeria, where she learns that she has latent magical powers which she and three similarly gifted friends use to catch a serial killer
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