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SF Public Library: More Than a Month, Black History Month and Beyond


Featuring a robust calendar of events for all ages, the San Francisco Public Library’s “More Than a Month, Black History Month and Beyond,” includes programming across branches, online, and at the Main Branch including film screenings, exhibits, readings and more. Some events are listed below, with the full calendar on the San Francisco Public Library site:

All ages:

A love letter-writing session and a brass line band. Be inspired by the sultry music of blues and jazz legends and craft a love letter to a spouse, family member, friend or yourself. And bring the strut in your step and join [the SFPL] for a second line procession down City Hall Plaza as we usher in Black History Month with jubilant dancing and music by MJ’s Brass Boppers:

MJ’s Brass Boppers – Feb. 3, 1:15 p.m., City Hall Plaza to Larkin Street Steps

Love Letters – Feb. 12, Main Library, African American Center, 3rd Floor


GOAT – Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali – Jan. 14 – March 6, Atrium, Main Library

Book club & author talks: 

On the Same Page Author: Alyssa Cole and Rachel Fiege in Conversation, When No One Is Watching – Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium/Streaming

Adult Programs:

Meditation in the African American Center – Wednesdays in February, 12 p.m., Main Library, African American Center, 3rd Floor. Take a break and build a practice of wakefulness and tranquility led by the African American Center Librarian. This is a secular approach to an old tradition, appropriate for people of all faiths including atheists.

Trauma, Tresses and Truth—Writing Our Hair – Feb. 25, 12 p.m., Main Library, Computer Training Center, 5th Floor. This interactive session is a nurturing, intentional space to write and share your natural hair stories led by Lyzette Wanzer the author of Trauma, Tresses, & Truth: Untangling Our Hair Through Personal Narrative.

Panel: Reparations Now! – Feb. 28, 4 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium. As the movement for African American reparations builds across the nation, we discuss the history of reparations movements and hear from local leaders on how they are working toward solutions to repair the harm done to our Black communities.

Film screenings, all free:

In Remembrance of Martin – Jan. 18, 3 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

Personal comments from family, friends and advisors fill this remarkable documentary honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Selma, Lord, Selma – Jan. 19, 4 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

Jurnee Smollett stars as 11-year-old Sheyann Webb in this dramatization of two young black schoolgirls’ recollections of a violent civil rights event in 1965 Alabama, based on Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson’s memoir Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil Rights Days.

In the Heat of the Night – Feb. 2, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs forms an uneasy alliance with the police chief, who faces mounting pressure from Sparta’s hostile citizens to catch the killer and run an interloper out of town.

Malcolm X – Feb. 2, 4 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

An enlightening documentary portrait of the African American militant leader (1925-65), including his spiritual transformation through the discovery of the Muslim religion and newsreels of his speeches.

Rebirth of a Nation – Feb. 4, 3 p.m., Richmond Branch Library

Experimental hip-hop musician and multimedia artist DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) created this “cinematic remix” that analyzes and deconstructs D.W. Griffith’s 1915 classic-but-racist epic film, The Birth of a Nation.

With Drawn Arms – Feb. 9, 12 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Tommie Smith, the gold medalist who is known for raising his fist after accepting a medal at the ‘68 Olympic games in protest of racial inequality, looks back 50 years to the moment that helped define a movement and changed the course of his life forever.

Blindspotting – Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Western Addition Branch Library

Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning.

Akeelah and the Bee – Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m., Mission Bay Branch Library

Eleven-year-old Akeelah Anderson’s life is not easy. She decides to participate in a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences. As the possibility of making it all the way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee looms, Akeelah could provide her community with someone to rally around.