Public Programs Calendar

All public programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

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Saturday March 9, 2013

9:30 am - 12:30 pm

MoAD’s Guide Program provides an opportunity for members of the public to support the museum’s mission to connect all people through the art, culture, and history of the African Diaspora. Guides are an extension of the museum, and provide guided tours and other services to enrich visitors’ experiences.

The Guide Program features interactive broad training on the African Diaspora, related history, and contemporary art. Guides develop their public speaking skills and learn to give informative tours that support an enriching and open atmosphere for visitors. In addition, guides help visitors build looking skills. Guides make a commitment of six months and are required to attend monthly trainings. MoAD guides are volunteers and are not paid. However they may earn a free MoAD Membership.

The Spring Guide Training Session will be held every Saturday morning between March 9th — April 13th, 2013. All trainings will be held at MoAD from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Attendance for all six trainings is mandatory.

To learn more or to register for the training, please email

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EDUCATOR WORKSHOP | Women of the African Diaspora

Sunday March 10, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has developed an education initiative whose centerpiece is an innovative curriculum focusing on the African Diaspora and the contributions of people of African descent throughout the world. This five-module, interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to develop social studies, history, science, and visual arts skills for students grades 6-12. The DCP aims to think with people, not about them and tell history from the perspective of those who live it. Each free workshop for teachers and educators will explore ways in which to implement one of the five curriculum modules into a 6-12th grade classroom.

In WOMEN OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA we will use comics to compare stories of women in different times and places. We will discuss ways students can develop visual storytelling skills to question how gender shapes the opportunities we have and the decisions we make. This workshop is designed for teachers of 6-12th grade, but any educator is welcome to participate.

To attend this FREE workshop, please RSVP to

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Launch of MoAD Business Council

Thursday March 14, 2013

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us on March 14, 2013 for the launch of the MoAD Business Council, with a reception and special guest speaker, Emmett Carson, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation – one of the largest community foundations in the world. The event will be held from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m., and will also feature a private tour of our current exhibition The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Meet. The Business Council is MoAD’s annual corporate membership program designed to give exceptional access to the Museum’s exhibitions, facilities and exclusive VIP and networking events. Revenue from corporate membership provides critical annual operating support across a range of MoAD programs, while Corporate Members enjoy benefits that reward employees, entertain clients, and connect with colleagues and the community.

Open to MoAD Corporate Members, invited guests and individual members at the Associate and Circle of Friends levels. For more information, please email

This program is made possible by McKesson.

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Saturday March 16, 2013

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Please join us for a FREE day (complimentary admission) where we will acknowledge the accomplishments of women throughout history.

11am-5pm Bring your friends and family to our Photo Booth located in our Celebration Circle. Keep your photos as a souvenir of your fun day at MoAD!

11am-3pm Dance with the African Drumming Ensemble outside the entrance of MoAD

11am-1:30pm View Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun, a film biography that portrays Zora in all her complexity: gifted, flamboyant, and controversial but always fiercely original.

11:30am & 12:30pm 30 minute Family Tours of MoAD. Participation is first-come, first-served. Please sign up for tours at the front reception desk.

12-4pm Make history come to life with Daniel Barash of the Shadow Puppet Workshop. In this hands-on drop-in art making program, Daniel will first introduce participants to the art of shadow puppetry. He will then help participants create puppets to bring Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad to life behind the shadow screen. See you in the land of shadows!

1pm & 3pm Join us for an afternoon of performance and dance workshops with the Bay Area female ensemble, Mix'd Ingrdnts. Specializing in a variety of street dance and technical styles, Mix'd Ingrdnts invites you into their space where storytelling is explored through themes of emotion, voice, process and growth from a female perspective. Mix’d Ingrdnts will use dance, movement and creative prose to tell these stories.

FREE DAY sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party with Waldo Martin, Joshua Bloom and Ula Taylor

Sunday March 17, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a conversation with authors Waldo E. Martin, Jr. and Joshua Bloom moderated by Ula Taylor. Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power.

Waldo E. Martin, Jr. is Professor of History at UC Berkeley. He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar American, Brown Vs. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents, and The Mind of Frederick Douglass.

Joshua Bloom is a Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche Center at UCLA. He is the co-editor of Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy and the collection editor of the Black Panther Newspaper Collection.

Ula Taylor is Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday March 23, 2013

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This series brings locally, nationally, and internationally recognized scholars to present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between the academic world and the local community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Dr. Philippa Kelly presents her latest book, The King and I, a meditation on Australian race and identity through the lens of Shakespeare's King Lear. Kelly is an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley’s Osher Institute and at the University of New South Wales. Her discussion is about the 'internal journeys' we make via theater and music. How have the arts in recent Australian history precipitated these internal journeys, helping to reveal, and to re-shape, notions of what 'our Australia' means? Kelly's presentation will feature performance excerpts from 'King Lear' by Aldo Billingslea.

Free with MoAD admission

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DANCE ACROSS THE DIASPORA | Guinea Conakry, Past and Present with the Duniya Dance and Drum Company

Sunday March 24, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Guinea Conakry, Past and Present explores the history of Sekou Touré, the first president of Guinea, West Africa. The presentation also includes an overview of the work of the African Advocacy Network with African immigrants in the Bay Area, and culminates with a West African dance lesson, accompanied by live drumming. Sekou Touré led Guinea into independence, and as a patron of the arts, was responsible for developing the popularity of traditional styles of dance and music of Guinea. As his reign drew on for 26 years, he eventually became paranoid and executed anyone he suspected of being opposed to his rule.

On April 5th and 6th, Duniya Dance and Drum Company and The African Advocacy Network, in association with the Eugene and Elinor Friend Center for the Arts at the Jewish Community of San Francisco, will present “The Madness of the Elephant,” a dance, music and theater exploration of the reign of Guinea’s first president, Sekou Touré at the JCC. The performance stars some of the most talented artists from West Africa. Tickets for the April 5-6th performances are available at: Guinea Conakry, Past and Present will offer historical context to enrich the experience of the performance, as well as an interactive dance lesson. Please come dressed in comfortable clothes and ready to move!

Duniya Dance and Drum Company (DDDC), based in San Francisco, performs and teaches traditional and innovative performance pieces from Guinea, West Africa and Punjab, India. You can learn more about DDDC at African Advocacy Network’s (AAN) mission is to empower African & Afro-Caribbean immigrants in the Bay Area with the tools that they need to lead independent, productive, and dignified lives and to become contributing members of their communities through public education, direct services, advocacy and policy reform. To learn more about AAN, please visit their website at

This program is Co-Presented by Museum of the African Diaspora, Duniya Dance and Drum Company, and The African Advocacy Network

Free with MoAD Admission

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Film Screening and Discussion | Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Thursday March 28, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a film screening and discussion of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide with Amy Fredrickson, a consultant and advisor to Technoserve.

Half the Sky was filmed in 10 countries and follows authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity. We will be showing the three segments of Half the Sky that are set in Africa:  Sierra Leone - Gender-based Violence; Somaliland - Maternal Mortality; and Kenya - Economic Empowerment.

Amy Frederickson works as a consultant and advisor to Technoserve's entrepreneurship program. Amy first began consulting with Technoserve in 2004 as a volunteer consultant in Mozambique. She also worked with Technoserve on a partnership with Goldman Sachs' 10K Women Initiative in Brazil. She previously worked at as a strategy consultant for Razorfish and Interbrand in New York. She began her career in finance working for Morgan Stanley and Banco Frances in Argentina. Amy has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a BS in Finance from University of Wisconsin.

Technoserve is a nonprofit organization that develops business solutions to poverty by linking people to information, capital and markets. Their work is rooted in the idea that hardworking people can generate income, jobs and wealth for their families and communities. With more than four decades of proven results, Technoserve believes in the power of private enterprise to transform lives. 

This program is co-presented by Museum of the African Diaspora and Technoserve

Admission is $10. Advanced tickets can be purchased at

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