Black History Month celebrations continue



Oakland will close Black History Month with the return of the in-person Black Joy Parade this Sunday, February 27. Oaklandside contributor Brandy Collins wrote an overview of the celebration, which has grown in popularity since its debut five years ago.

We’ve also included a few other Black History Month events in this week’s roundup.

Cold weather is forecast for the rest of this week — in fact, there’s even been a frost alert issued for Oakland — so dress warmly if you venture outside. We hope to be able to present indoor events soon.

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Red Bay Coffee is hosting an open house

One of the few black-owned specialty coffee companies in the country celebrates 8 years of serving unique and flavorful brews, including its popular Yam Latte. Last April, Red Bay opened its new headquarters in the heart of Fruitvale. The location was once a bank, then a clothing store, until a fire in 2014 destroyed much of the interior. This Friday’s celebration will include small bites, free coffee and more. If you haven’t visited Red Bay, prepare to be blown away by the cafe as well as the transformed space.

Friday, February 25, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., free, 3136 International Blvd.

Black Love Film Festival at Mills College

The Mills College campus has been seen empty during the pandemic and following the announcement of the merger with Northeastern University. Credit: Amir Aziz

Mills College’s Black Action Forum, a planning committee made up of students, faculty, and staff, organizes the festival as part of its year-round Black History programming. The event will feature short films from the Mills community exploring the question “What is black love?” If you’ve never been there, the beautiful 170-year-old Mills campus in East Oakland is not to be missed. The women’s college, known for its unique programs in ethnic studies, education and women’s studies, will no longer offer some of these specialized degrees after its merger with Northeastern University. Please note that this is an outdoor screening, so dress warmly and bring extra blankets.

Friday, February 25, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., free admission (Register online), Mills College (Holmgren Meadow), 5000 MacArthur Blvd.

I’m not your nigga screening at Peralta Hacienda

Peralta Hacienda wraps up its Black History Month lineup with a screening of the 2016 Oscar-nominated documentary, I’m not your nigger. The film, based on the unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, Remember this house, and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, examines the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin’s personal memories and conversations with civil rights leaders. The screening will take place in the new open-air pavilion of the historic park.

Saturday, February 26, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., free (Register online), Peralta Hacienda, 2465 34th Ave.

Sprinkles Parents is a local group that provides resources for parents of children 5 and under. Their Toy Swap is an opportunity for parents to re-gift toys that are still in good condition but no longer used, pick up different lightly used toys and games, and meet other Oakland parents. Coffee, juice and snacks will be offered. And because the exchange is taking place in a park, there will be plenty of space for families to hang out and kids to run around. The remaining toys will be donated to La Clinica de la Raza in Fruitvale.

Saturday, February 26, 10 a.m., $10 per person, Avenue Terrace Playground, 3380 Jordan Rd.

Gardening day on the High Street

The High Street Coalition is a group of volunteers and neighbors from Laurel, Allendale and Maxwell Park who came together two years ago to organize bi-monthly cleanups around the High Street. In addition to cleanups, the coalition also undertakes beautification projects. The latest is a small garden in a run-down corner just off I-580 on the High Street (across from Walgreens). The coalition is looking for volunteers to help clean up the area and spread compost. If you can’t make it to the garden cleanup this weekend, there will be future opportunities to help out.

Saturday, February 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 580 East Off-Ramp, corner High Street

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