At the February 21, 2017, city council meeting, Mayor Trish Spencer will issue a proclamation encouraging the community to observe and celebrate this month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities.
City officials have placed a celebratory banner above city hall and on Central Street which illustrates the faces of John Lewis, Maya Angelou, Ruby Bridges, Barack Obama, Barbara Lee, James Baldwin, and Elector Littlejohn.
On February 23, the AUSD Black Achievers Alliance, in partnership with the City of Alameda and the BACR LEAPS Expanded Learning program, is hosting a Black History Showcase and Recognition event.
The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Ruby Bridges Elementary School.
At the event, organizers will collect winter coats and non-perishable food items, including chili beans, raisins, trail mix, and sunflower seeds, as well as disposable containers and spoons.
On February 25, the BACR LEAPS “Hearts & Hand” service project will prepare and distribute a hot meal along with warm coats to people in Alameda and lower Oakland who are currently homeless and living on the streets.
This year marks the 41st year of Black History Month.