Public Programs Calendar

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FILM SCREENING | A Co-Presentation with the Mill Valley Film Festival

Sunday October 5, 2014

1:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Timbuktu,directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

A -cri de coeur- from Timbuktu to here, director-co-writer Sissako’s vibrant, graceful film, set during the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, depicts a community and family fraying and fracturing - though also finding moments of joy and fun - under forced occupation.

This film will screen on Sunday Oct. 5 1:45 pm at the Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael, and on Monday, Oct. 6 3:00 pm, at the Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley

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A Co-Presentation of Museum of the African Diaspora and the Mill Valley Film Festival

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FILM SCREENING | A Co-Presentation with the Mill Valley Film Festival

Saturday October 11, 2014

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Soleils, directed by Olivier Delahaye and Dani Kouyaté

Part road trip through time, part heroine’s journey through memory, Soleils - is a beautifully rendered meditation on the wisdom of the continent of Africa. As a young woman, Dokamisa, is initiated into the roots and legacy of her heritage by her griot and mentor, the charismatic Sotigui.

This film will screen on Saturday Oct.11 5:00 pm at the Sequoia Theatre, Mill Valley, and on Sunday, Oct. 12 5:15 pm, at the Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael

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MoAD 2.O SHARED JOURNEYS | 9th Annual Gala

Saturday October 11, 2014

6:30 pm - 1:00 am

Mark Your Calendar For The Event Of The Season!

Join us for a magical evening of cocktails, dinner, performance, dancing and program honoring Linda Dunham, Chairman Ronald McDonald House Charities, Randall Kline, Founder SFJAZZ, Richard Mayhew, World Renowned Artist and Anna Deavere Smith, Award Winning Actress.

Honorary Chairs Hon. Willie L. Brown and Brenda Wright

Event Chairs Wilkes Bashford and Deborah Santana

Mistress of Ceremonies Carolyn Tyler, Anchor/ Reporter, ABC7 News

To purchase Gala tickets click here.

Proceeds from the Gala support MoAD’s mission to build a deeper understanding of the African Diaspora through art exhibitions, public programs and events that cultivate wonder and excitement about the ways in which our personal histories are connected.

What’s Happening at the MoAD Lounge? Drinks, Dessert and Dancing. Sip champagne in the Bubble Lounge or have a cocktail and listen to the sultry sounds of Terrance Brewer and the Brazilian All-Stars. Then kick it up, get your funk on and dance until midnight to the D-Lucca Music Group.

6:30pm Gala

9:30pm  Lounge After Party

Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco

For more information contact Kitsaun King @ 415.318.7152 or email to with any questions

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Stories from Home: NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta in Conversation

Sunday October 12, 2014

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Z Space 

450 Florida St. 

Join Litquake and Museum of the African Diaspora for a sure-to-be fascinating conversation between Nigerian author Chinelo Okparanta and Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo. As transnational writers who both emigrated to the United States in their youth, Okparanta and Bulawayo interrogate the meaning of home and writing across continents as they redefine diaspora literature for a new generation. Moderated by Sarah Ladipo Manyika.

NoViolet Bulawayo is winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing and a recipient of the 5 under 35 Award from the National Book Foundation. Her first novel, We Need New Names, was short-listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction.

Born in Nigeria, Chinelo Okparanta is author of Happiness, Like Water. A 2014 O. Henry Prize winner, and a 2014 Lambda Literary Award winner for Fiction, she was a finalist for the 2014 New York Public Young Lions Fiction Award and for the 2014 Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative. Her stories have appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, Tin House, Subtropics, and The Kenyon Review.

MoAD Board member Sarah Ladipo Manyika (moderator) was raised in Nigeria and holds a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley. Her writing includes essays, academic papers, book reviews, short stories, and the novel In Dependence, published by Legend Press. She currently teaches literature at San Francisco State University. 

$10/$8 for MoAD members

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This event is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

This program is part of our MoAD in the Neighborhood Series and will be held at Z Space, 450 Florida Street.

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices From the African Diaspora

Saturday October 25, 2014

10:00 am - 12:00 am

The Cultural Politics of Human DNA with Dr. Duana Fullwiley

California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco

Have you ever thought about how our culture, society, values, and politics shape science? In this lecture, Stanford Professor Duana Fullwiley will discuss how histories of race, political struggles for democratic equality, and shifting cultural values about who owns the body (and its tissues) are key to understanding how genetic science happens today. She will touch on why African-descended and diasporic peoples are deemed valuable for genetic studies. There are medical, ethical, and political issues that are involved in sampling underrepresented groups in the US and populations in the global South. For this reason, it is important to have discussions about equity, inclusion and fairness with the larger public.

Duana Fullwiley is an anthropologist of science and medicine interested in how social identities, health outcomes, and molecular genetic findings increasingly intersect. She is the author of The Enculturated Gene: Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa (Princeton, 2011), which draws on nearly a decade of ethnographic fieldwork in the US, France and Senegal. She is currently finishing her second book on the embrace of race in the genomic era, entitled Tabula Raza: Mapping Race and Human Diversity in American Genome Science.

This program is presented as part of the MoAD in the Neighborhood Series and will be held at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission, across the street from MoAD.

Free Admission.

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Destiny's Child: Memoirs of a Preacher's Daughter

Sunday October 26, 2014

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Presented as part of the We Are CA Series and MoAD in the Neighborhood at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street

Join us for a fascinating conversation with Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, author of the book Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter and Barbara Rodgers of the Emmy Award winning The Bronze Report. The acclaimed new book traces approximately two hundred years of history to show how the Taylor family achieved upward mobility despite social and racial barriers. An incredibly informative and inspirational work, it’s a must-read for anyone seeking to better understand racial dynamics in the United States. The program includes a reception with wine and light refreshments.

Jewelle Taylor Gibbs is a retired professor, author and activist who holds degrees in social work and psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her publications include Young, Black and Male in America: An Endangered Species (1988). For nearly 30 years, Barbara Rodgers was one of the most recognizable newscasters on CBS 5/KPIX TV. She retired from KPIX in 2008, but she hasn’t stopped informing the public about issues of the day. She covers the breadth and depth of the African American community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond each week on The Bronze Report.

This program is made possible by the generous support of The National Smart Set, San Francisco Chapter and Dr. Ernest Bates.

$5 General Admission | Free for CHS and MoAD Members

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