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February 15, 2011 > Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Founded as Negro History Week in 1926 by historian and educator Carter G. Woodson, the recognition of African-American achievements and contributions to history expanded into Black History Month in 1976. Set in February to coincide with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas, Black History Month is celebrated with exhibits, performances, speeches and meetings that illustrate the importance of unity and acceptance of all people. The community is invited to participate in the following activities:

African-American History Celebration
Saturday, February 19
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Union City Library
34007 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City
(510) 745-1464 ext. 11

A free exhibit and presentation explores the people and events that shaped the history of African-Americans. From ancient history to the present, this presentation is for the whole family, and brought to the public by Grandmothers Who Help (GWH) with founder Asale Kimaada. For more information on GWH visit

Celebrating Our President, Celebrating Ourselves
Saturday, February 19
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
ME Restaurant and Lounge
926 B Street, Hayward
(510) 931-9981
(510) 541-3037

The Hayward South County Chapter of Black Women Organized for Political Action present Celebrating Our President, Celebrating Ourselves. The free event offers a light breakfast and soul food later in the afternoon, and attendees will hear from California Senator Ellen Corbett and other political speakers, with keynote speaker Debra Watkins delivering a black history program at 11 a.m. Lillian Litzsey will thank the community for voting for the first black president.

Black American Heritage Faire
Saturday, February 26
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Palma Ceia Baptist Church
28605 Ruus Rd., Hayward
(510) 489-5366

Palma Ceia Baptist Church presents an adventure through time with their Black American Heritage Faire. Enjoy oratory and educational exhibits, oral histories, historical games, genealogy workshops, DNA testing, creative essays, and quilt making. The event is a fun and educational time for kids and adults alike.

Unity in the Village
Saturday, February 26
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
New University Union Multi-Purpose Room, CSUEB
25800 Carlos Bee Boulevard, Hayward

Celebrate African-American culture and pride at Unity in the Village, presented by CSUEB's Black Graduation Cultural Celebration Committee. Entertainment will be provided for a fun and educational time for the whole family.

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