Marin City Commemorates Black History Month

Black Panther Party members back in the 70s | photo from Marin City Arts and Culture | post by Larry Clinton

Community organizations in Marin City will host a series of events throughout February in honor of Black History Month.

On Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m., Marin City Arts and Culture in the Gateway Shopping Center will host a panel discussion with former local members of the Black Panther Party. From the event description:

The Black Panther Party was part of Marin City history. A group of brothers and sisters from Marin County linked the North Bay to the main headquarters in Oakland. Their work was challenging given the demographics of Marin [which] was not aligned with Black Liberation and “Power to People.” The Black Panther Party was a Socialist movement that founded free school breakfast and lunch programs, free medical clinics and community martial arts training in the park. All said, what the Black Panthers did to organize and create a social movement that united beyond race and class has not been duplicated. Why their movement was targeted and crushed so mercilessly can help us understand where we are today.

The distinguished panel includes Professor Walter Turner, Terrie Green, and Charles “Chuckie” Huff. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Other events include:

  • Marin County Clean Slate Program
    February 15: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
    101 Donahue St
  • Training Day Reparations
    February 17: 9 a.m. to 12 noon
    Senior Building
    630 Drake Ave.
  • Movie Night “Fruitvale Station”
    February 20: 5:00 p.m
    Teen Center
    630 Drake Ave
  • Draw The Circle Wider
    February 24: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    St Andrews Presbyterian Church
    100 Donahue St 190, Suite B
  • Legacy of African American Leadership
    February 24: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Senior Center
    640 Drake Avenue
  • Music of the Resistance
    February 25: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    MC Arts Gallery
    101 Donahue St 190 Suite B
  • “Children of Maat” Live Performance
    February 27: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    MC Art Gallery
    100 Donahue St 190, Suite B
  • Night of Remembrance
    February 27: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Cornerstone Community Church of God in Christ
    626 Drake Ave
  • Griot Theater Performance
    February 28: 6:30 p.m.
    Martin Luther King Jr. Academy
    200 Phillips Drive

Additional details and a calendar of Black History events in Marin City can be found on Facebook.