The San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society presents exhibits, programs, speakers, and other events which inform and provide context on African American history, life and culture. This page features current and upcoming events, and highlights a memorable past exhibit.
- Black History Month Kick-Off, Friday, Feb 3rd, noon, City Hall Rotunda, immediately followed by a “second line” with the MJ Brass Boppers and dancers on the steps of City Hall and through Civic Center Park to the Library. Resist in joy!
- Genealogy Resources for African Americans Workshop, Saturday, February 18, 2023. More info to come.
- Society Board meetings via video conference, monthly
- Check out the SF Public Library, AAMLO and other organizations for other Black History Month observations.
Exhibits, Past, Present, Future
- "Voting and Obama Legacy of Hope in the Society gallery, call 415-292-6172 or email the Society for access.
Related Events and Workshop Recordings
- 365 Days of Black History, 1st Annual Black History Street Fair, sponsored by Brothers For Change, Sunday, February 19th, 2-6:30 PM, 1700 block of O’Farrell St. (between Filmore and Steiner), San Francisco.
- David Johnson: In The Zone 1945-1965 at City Hall, May 19, 2022 - June 6, 2023, photography or see exhibit at SFAC’s Flickr.
- Research Techniques Workshop with Shawna Sherman. Useful for documentation of archival items
- A Bi-Racial Woman’s Genealogy Story with Addie Renee Lewis
- Melvin Holmes Collection, African American art collection
- Anthony Anderson and Ancestry.Com, present a short film on connecting African Americans to ancestors and distant relatives
African Americans and the Vote
African Americans and the Vote, a documentary film featuring Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., Judge John Dearman, and De’Anthony Jones, was “on time” for the November 2019 election; and it remains of import. The life stories of those featured in the video speak to the importance of voting. That election demonstrated that the African American vote can make a difference! The film documents their childhoods, family backgrounds, and opportunities that shaped their lives as African Americans involved in the political and public arena.
This is the second Black History Month documentary produced by the Society in conjunction with Citizen Film. The film was honored at the Bernal Heights Outdoor Film Festival in 2019. We are now proudly able to present the film in its entirety here.Or visit the Citizen Film site to see the film and many others of local interest. For more information, contact the Society at sfaahcs.org, or 415-292-6172
A film depicting 6 people's oral history of migration to San Francisco, produced by The Society and Citizen Film for Black History Month 2019: Migration Stories of San Francisco African Americans
Read Black Migrations film discussion points