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Black History Month in the Tri-Valley

Black History Month in the Tri-Valley

Celebrate and embrace African American culture, history, and heritage during Black History Month by attending various events throughout the Tri-Valley. Visit a world-class museum gallery, enjoy live performances and events for all ages, and support black owned businesses.

Photo Credit: Ron Essex

Support Black Owned Businesses

From wineries and chocolate shops to podcasts and BBQ spots, the Tri-Valley is home to several black owned businesses.

Longevity Wines
Winemaker Phil Long is the president of the Association of African American Vitners (AAAV) and the founder of Longevity Wines. This Livermore Valley winery has been featured in a variety of television shows and publications like Oprah Daily, Wine Enthusiast, and Cosmopolitan. 

Free Range Winery
Free Range Flower Winery is an award-winning, black-owned and operated Livermore Valley winery that handcrafts premium wine in small batches from locally sourced organically grown flowers – not grapes. Drawing from her background in biology, herbalism and nutrition education, Free Range Flower Winery founder Aaliyah Nitoto combines her knowledge of flowers and plants, taste profiles, and science into the art of flower wine making. 

Art of Africa Gallery

The Blackhawk Museum, located in Danville, consists of five world-class galleries all housed under one roof. While its mostly known for its rotating car collection featuring rare and historically significant automobiles, it’s also home to the award-winning Spirit of the Old West gallery, the World of Nature gallery, the Into China gallery, and the Art of Africa gallery (pictured above).

This gallery features art created by many indigenous peoples of sub-Saharan Africa like intricate wood sculptures, instruments, and ceremonial masks. 

Black History Month Events

Friday, February 2nd at 3pm
Freedom Quilt Craft at the Rincon Library

MJ’s Brass Boppers Brass Band is an authentic New Orleans singing and swinging Second Line brass band fusing traditional NOLA standards, funk, jazz, modern pop & more. More Info →

Friday, February 3rd at 1pm
House of Samba Kids at the Rincon Library

Expect to dance, sing, be involved, and be transported to many areas of the globe through the sounds of drums and percussion! This is for all ages.
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Thursday, February 8th at 7pm-8pm
Saxophone Concert with Ashley Jemison at the Rincon Library

Enjoy a live saxophone concert by ultra-talented musician, Ashley Jemison. She’s bringing a new school vibe to smooth jazz by covering the current styles of R&B and pop music, while adding a unique improvisational twist that leaves her audiences wanting more. More Info →

Friday, February 9th at 8pm-10pm
MJ’s Brass Boppers at the Firehouse Arts Center

MJ’s Brass Boppers Brass Band is an authentic New Orleans singing and swinging Second Line brass band fusing traditional NOLA standards, funk, jazz, modern pop & more. More Info →

Saturday, February 10th at 2:30pm-4pm
Movie Screening of “Soul” at the Rincon Library

Enjoy free popcorn and a Disney Pixar movie about a jazz musician whose pursuit of his ambition also teaches him about the passion and purpose of life itself. No registration needed. Open to all ages. More Info →

Saturday, February 24th at 1pm-4pm
Ancestor Portraits with JAMM the Artist at the Rincon Library

Join JAMM the Artist to honor, remember, and celebrate family, friends, and heroes of the African Diaspora from the past and present. Participants will learn the fundamental skills and techniques to create a monochromatic portrait of a historical figure or personal hero using pencil, ink, and watercolor. All supplies will be provided. More Info →