California Academy of Sciences Celebrates
Black History Month

SAN FRANCISCO (January 1999) - During February’s celebration of Black History Month, the California Academy of Sciences will offer exciting and educational events that highlight black experiences and heritage. "We hope to heighten public awareness about the history and heritage of black people in America so that students from diverse backgrounds visiting the Academy continue to explore new interests and break new ground in the area of science," said Patrick Kociolek, Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences.

In addition to public activities offered at the Museum, a panel exhibit located in Wild California Hall will highlight the early African American experience in California and Academy librarians have developed a resource guide to assist educators in finding information about African American scientists. To find out more information about this, please call (415) 750-7361 or visit our website at

Program Schedule:

Wednesday, February 3 Roots of Africa
Auditorium Free (Museum admission free on first Wednesday of each month)
2:30 p.m. Whitney Young Dancers perform Congolese traditional dancing.
6 p.m. A capella group Motherstone
7 p.m. The Harambee Dance Ensemble
8 p.m. A lively dance party in African Hall to the pulsating Ghanaian rhythms of the Hedzoleh Soundz band.

Wednesday, February 10; 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. & Sunday, February 14;
1 p.m. Auditorium
Free after general admission to the museum
The Academy of Sciences will host a Young Audiences Afro-Cuban performance of Jose Francisco Barrosso & Obakoso. Ancient African traditions brought to Cuba during the slave trade come alive in this performance. Be enchanted and enlightened by Obakoso’s illumination of Orisha, mythological Yoruban gods through music, dance, story and costume.

Sunday, February 14; 2:30 p.m., Monday, February 15; 11 a.m., & Thursday, February 25; 11:30 a.m. Storytelling and poetry with Tureeda Mikell
Free after general admission to the museum
Writer and poet Tureeda Mikell is known for her unique blend of story and biology. She will perform various pieces on important African Americans throughout the history of California.

Monday, February 15; 11 a.m., Thursday, February 18; 3 p.m.
Whitney Young Dancers
Free after general admission to the museum
Young performers will present Congolese traditional dancing and on the 15th, they will also perform Capoiera, traditional Afro-Brazilian stick dancing.

Saturday, February 27 African Music and Dance
Free after general admission to the museum
A special afternoon program celebrating African heritage.
1 p.m. Diamano Coura Senegalese Dance Ensemble
2 p.m. The Gospel Elites
3 p.m. Dimensions Dance Theater

Sunday, February 28 African American Film Festival
1 - 5 p.m., Auditorium
Free after general admission to the museum
An afternoon of ethnographic films focusing on African American heritage playing every thirty minutes include Made in Mississippi: Black Folk Arts and Crafts; Black Has Always Been Beautiful; Body and Soul: Part 2, Soul; American Shoeshine; Gwendolyn Brooks; Weapons Of Gordon Parks; Clementine Hunter: American Folk Artist; Sermons and Sacred Pictures.