Public Programs Calendar

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

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MIGRATIONS OF THE SACRED: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES ACROSS THE DIASPORA | Seeking the Sahku: Illuminating the Sacred Space of Africans Across the Diaspora with Dr. Wade Nobles

Saturday June 2, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

During this program, Dr. Wade Nobles will discuss the concept of Sakhu Sheti/Djaer and interrogate the notion of “sacred space” as “spiritness” in the very being of African people across the diaspora. He will discuss the assault on the African spirit as spirit defilement and the colonization of psychic space resulting in a shattered African consciousness and a fractured Black identity. In calling for a rebirth of African spiritual systems, Dr. Nobles will also recommend a spirit driven campaign to reciprocally restore “spiritness” in African personhood and neighborhood across the diaspora.

Dr. Wade Nobles is Professor Emeritus of Africana (Black) Studies, at San Francisco State University and the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture Inc. For over 40 years, Dr. Nobles has studied classical African philosophy (Kemet, Twa & Nubian) and traditional African wisdom traditions (Akan, Yoruba, Bantu, Wolof, Dogon, Fon, Lebou, etc) as the intellectual grounding for the development of an authentic Black psychology. Dr Nobles’ professional career and life’s work has been no less than a formal engagement in the on-going theoretical development and programmatic application of African (Black) psychology, African centered thought, and cultural grounding to address the liberation and restoration of the African mind and spirit and world-wide development of African people.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the Diaspora

Saturday June 9, 2012

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

John Leonard Burris presents Trayvon Martin and Racial Profiling: Real or imaginary? John Leonard Burris is an American civil rights attorney, based in Oakland, California, known for his work in police brutality cases representing plaintiffs. He briefly represented Rodney King in his suit against the Los Angeles Police Department and is most recently noted for filing a civil suit over the BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant. Burris has appeared as a legal commentator on MSNBC, CNN, and other cable and local television networks.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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FREE Educator Workshop - Visual Culture and Identity

Sunday June 10, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us at the Museum of the African Diaspora for a FREE curriculum workshop for Bay Area K-12 teachers and educators. In this workshop we will use MoAD’s “Adornment” display to explore issues of culture, identity, and beauty.

This workshop is best suited for teachers of grades K-8, but any educator is welcome to participate. If you would like to attend this or any other workshop, please RSVP to

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FAMILY PROGRAM | Folktales Across the African Diaspora with Wayne Harris

Saturday June 16, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wayne Harris presents The John Henry Chronicles, a solo performance of traditional and new stories about the African-American mythological character, John Henry “The Steel Drivin’ Man.” The stories are told by several characters, both male and female and in the telling, they share their personal stories of culture, community and family. The work embodies the Black experience in America while affirming the universal truths that are the foundation of all races. During the course of the performance, the subjects of race, honesty, hard work and the indomitable human spirit are explored through character and song. Memorable characters and tall tales create an opportunity for students to experience the power of oral storytelling and it’s application to language arts in an entertaining and fun atmosphere. Storytelling will be followed by theatre games and songs inspired by The John Henry Chronicles

Wayne Harris is an award winning solo performer, writer, educator, curriculum innovator and musician. A giftedd artist with wide-ranging interests, he has accumulated an impressive body of work over the years that includes 3 full length solo plays, performances for schools, directing and designing for pageantry groups as well as various musical projects.

Folktales Across the African Diaspora is generously supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation 

Free with MoAD Admission.

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JUNETEENTH JUBILATION: A Special Benefit with Dion Graham and Zakiya Hooker

Tuesday June 19, 2012

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm VIP Reception

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Dramatic Reading (St. Regis Hotel)

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Post-event Reception

Day Two - Performance, Music and Cuisine. A benefit event celebrating a historical period in American history. Featuring a dramatic reading by actor and narrator Dion Graham of the award winning HBO series The Wire, legendary Blues singer and songwriter Zakiya Hooker and tastings of sumptuous southern cuisine and award winning wines.

The Juneteenth Jubilation Free Day and Special Benefit Event are made possible by the generous support of Union Bank and Everett Ridge Vineyards & Winery. The Special Benefit Event received additional support from participating cuisine sponsors: 1300 On Fillmore, Farmer Brown Restaurant, J & V Catering and Ridge Wines; and event sponsors: Robert L. Brown, St. Regis Hotel, Union Bank and Zakiya Hooker.

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ARTIST'S TALK | Ancient Scripts / Contemporary Forms with Victor Ekpuk

Thursday June 21, 2012

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Inspired by Nsibidi, an African indigenous system of writing that uses symbols, signs and codes to convey concepts, Victor Ekpuk reduces forms to codes and symbols that express the human condition. In his compositions, the use of arcane signs and invented pseudo-writings often evoke the idea of writing, where legibility and illegibility are metaphors. Through slide presentations, Victor Ekpuk will discuss his process and his current work.

A silent auction of three drawings by Victor Ekpuk will be held during the event. The bidding opens at 6pm and closes at 8pm. Images of the artwork can be viewed here

Victor Ekpuk was born and studied in Nigeria. He received a bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Ife, Nigeria in 1989. It was at Ife that he began to adopt and incorporate the traditional writing systems as the basis for his contemporary style and artistic expression. He began a professional career as an artist in 1990, as editorial illustrator and cartoonist at the Daily Times in Nigeria. While working at the newspaper, Victor continued exploring his personal artistic visions, and exhibited his works in Nigeria and international venues. In Nigeria his work was recognized for its unique style and was shown alongside such notable artists as El Anatsui, Uche Okeke, Obiora Udechukwu and Bruce Onabrakpeya. In 1999 Victor emigrated from Nigeria to the United States and established his studio in Washington D.C. His works are shown widely and are in such collections as Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, The World Bank and Newark Museum.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday June 30, 2012

10:00 am - 12:00 am

This series is designed to bring different scholars to MoAD who will present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between scholars and the community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Duane Deterville presents Jazz and Visual Culture: Playing Jazz in the Visual Field. Artists from Mondrian and Matisse to Bearden and Basquiat have used Jazz music as a creative well to draw images from. Jazz as an aesthetic used for visualization has been examined many times by culture critics, however with this lecture presentation Deterville will explore the interdisciplinary intersection between visuality and jazz improvisation with an emphasis on the jazz aesthetic as an African diasporic cultural expression. The visual artwork and illuminated musical scores of jazz musicians Louis Armstrong, Leo Wadada Smith and Anthony Braxton amongst others will be explored as well as the concerns for Jazz music in the work of visual artists.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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