Black History Month offers ‘theatrical trek though time,’ other events

Museum News

Barbara Harvey, The Sacramento Bee
Feb. 13, 2018

Here’s a sampling of Black History Month events through Feb. 28:

Sacramento’s Black History Month Free Family Festival at The Crocker Art Museum

The free event on Sunday will feature live music by Grant High School’s drumline, a marketplace showcasing the works of local artisans and a hands-on art experiences for all ages. The event will also include discussions on Afrofuturism, inspired by the critical success of Marvel’s Black Panther film, and a presentation on African-American musical roots featuring teenage jazz prodigy Larriah Jackson. Attendees will also get the first look at two new exhibitions, including a collection of works by Faith Ringgold, best known for her narrative quilts, and Hope Springs High, an exhibition featuring recent acquisitions and gifts from Black artists; Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.,

Sacramento Black Expo at Cal Expo

The 30th Annual Black Expo, which bills itself as “the largest black history month celebration in the nation,” returns to Cal Expo with music, food, lectures and historical exhibits during a two-day event, which will kick off Feb. 24 with Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams delivering a State of Black Sacramento address and will close out with a Soul Food cook-off on Feb. 25; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

“And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations” at the California Museum

This national traveling exhibition showcases 67 story quilts hand-crafted by artists in the Women of Color Quilter’s Network, depicting events that transformed social justice for African-Americans spanning 400 years through May 27; times vary, general admission $9,

“Real Black History – BLM Sac’s Movie Night” at Verge Center for the Arts

Sacramento’s Black Lives Matter chapter will be debuting an original film documenting black activism throughout history, featuring the recorded messages of leaders including Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nina Simone. The event is first come first serve, so organizers recommend showing up early; Feb. 24. 8 – 10 p.m., $10,

Sacramento Public Library events

The Sacramento Public Library will host free events at different locations. Among them: magician Forrest Barnes will use illusions to highlight some of the greatest African-American inventors on Feb. 21at the Arden-Dimick Library; Unsung Heroes Living History Project presents “We Also Served: A Multimedia Celebration of the African American military experience,” an exhibit which will include artifacts, photographs, and memorabilia documenting the history of African-Americans in the military and a photo exhibit of local veterans on Feb. 24. at the Rancho Cordova Library; the California Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association will present “170th Anniversary of the California Gold Rush: A Black History Month Celebration,” which chronicles the histories of African-American farming families in California before, during and after the California Gold Rush on Feb. 28 at Valley Hi-North Laguna Library;

“Legacy 2.0” at Grant Union High School Theater

A re-imagining of two of Images previous historical musicals, “Legacy” and “We Come From Greatness,” “Legacy 2.0” celebrates African-American history with song, music, drama, spoken word and dance. The production, described as a “theatrical trek though time,” will depict Black history through Feb. 25; dates and times vary, adult tickets $22.

“Marshall” screening at the California State Capitol

The California Legislative Black Caucus will host a free screening of the 2017 film “Marshall,” a biopic detailing the life of Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, on Feb. 28 at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K Street. The screening follows a 5:30 pm. panel discussion featuring African-American judges from California on challenges African Americans face in the judicial system; Free with event registration,