Unless otherwise noted all programs will be presented in English. All programs and events are free and open to the public.
6:00 - 7:30
Latino/Hispanic Meeting Room B- Lower Level
2:00 - 5:00
Chinese Poetry reading and new book talk.
2:00 - 4:00
Robert Henry Johnson’s 60 Million Plus Theater presents The Commission Project, a play reading series which features new and unproduced work of African American dramatists.
Robert Henry Johnson’s Sonders, a three act play, set in 1898, explores the themes of legacy, emancipation and the black family structure.
2:00 - 3:00
2:30 - 4:30
David Johnson, a photographer of African American life in San Francisco during the middle of the 20th century will present his photographs. There will be a book signing for his collection of photographs, A Dream Begun So Long Ago.
1:00 - 4:00
The San Francisco Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated and the Bayview Branch of the San Francisco Public Library presents a discussion and readings by three authors:
- Mykah Montgomery: The Girl Who Wanted a Tail (children’s book)
- Patricia Saunders: Through the Fire (poetry)
- Lisa White: Pink Milk (children’s book)
Moderated by Karen Johnson of Marcus Bookstore
6:30 - 8:00
Join renowned architect and Chinese American studies historian Philip P. Choy for an insider’s guide to the history and architecture of San Francisco’s Chinatown in his book San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History and Architecture. In this lecture and slide presentation, witness the triumphs and tragedies of the Chinese American experience in the United States from the city's earliest days to its post-quake transformation into an "oriental" tourist attraction as a pragmatic means of survival.
Mr. Choy co-taught the nation's first college level course in Chinese American history at San Francisco State University. He has served on numerous boards including the California State Historic Resource Commission, the San Francisco Landmark Advisory Board, and the Chinese Historical Society of America. He is the recipient of the prestigious San Francisco State University President's Medal.
This program will be conducted in English.
2:00 - 4:00
Join music historian Richie Unterberger for "The Golden Age of Soul Vol. 3" The program will feature rare clips of performers such as Mary Wells, Jackie Wilson, Major Lance, Jimmy Cliff, Little Eva, the Four Tops, and Les McCann & Eddie Harris. Also featured will be performers spotlighted in the previous two programs, such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Sly Stone, and Stevie Wonder.
2:00 - 4:00
6:30 - 7:30
Join us for a reading and booksigning with Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland, a vibrant memoir about growing up motherless in 1970s and ’80s San Francisco with an openly gay father.After his wife dies in a car accident, bisexual writer and activist Steve Abbott moves with his two-year-old daughter to San Francisco. There they discover a city in the midst of revolution, bustling with gay men in search of liberation—few of whom are raising a child.
In Alysia’s teens, Steve’s friends—several of whom she has befriended—fall ill as AIDS starts its rampage through their community. While Alysia is studying in New York and then in France, her father tells her it’s time to come home; he’s sick with AIDS. Alysia must choose whether to take on the responsibility of caring for her father or continue the independent life she has worked so hard to create.
Reconstructing their life together from a remarkable cache of her father’s journals, letters, and writings, Alysia Abbott gives us an unforgettable portrait of a tumultuous, historic time in San Francisco as well as an exquisitely moving account of a father’s legacy and a daughter’s love.
This event is co-sponsored by the Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center and the San Francisco History Center.
2:00 - 2:45
Join Tammy from Destiny Art Center and learn a new skill! Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial-art that incorporates dance, agility, grace, music, instrumentation and play. Participants will learn the fundamentals of capoeira movements, philosophy, instruments and call and response songs. For ages 5-up, space limited to 30 participants arriving day of class.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Afro-Futurism: Envisioning the Year 2070 and Beyond uses art to create a future for us to aspire to. It comes from an African American perspective. Runaway slave and heroine Harriet Tubman once said, "I freed a thousand slaves; I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves."
Over 100 years later, writer James Baldwin praised Black revolutionaries for daring to break down barriers. He wrote in a 1970 letter to activist Angela Davis: "The enormous revolution in black consciousness which has occurred in your generation, my dear sister, means the beginning or the end of America. Some of us, white and Black, know how great a price has been paid to bring into existence a new consciousness, a new people, an unprecedented nation."
What will be the Black consciousness in the year 2070, one hundred years after James Baldwin's letter?
Curated by Kheven LaGrone
Related Event: In commemoration of Juneteenth, an artists reception/talk will take place on Sunday, June 16, 2013
Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium, 2 PM
*Funded by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.