UPCOMING AFRICAN AMERICAN EVENTS AT THE SAN FRANCISCO MAIN LIBRARY
(all public events are free)
THE BLACK ROCK
2PM to 4PM Koret Auditiorium
The African American Center presents local award winning filmmaker Kevin Epps will screen his latest film The Black Rock. Epps earlier film Straight Outta of Hunter’s Point won wide acclaim and established his place as a leader in independent film.
Black Rock tells the “Untold story of the Black experience on Alcatraz, the first supermax security prison from the 1930's to the 1960's. Told thru the eyes of three black prisoners, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, aka Black Al Capone, Harlem gangster, Godfather and numbers operator who was sent to Alcatraz for his continued criminal influence in prison. Robert Lipscomb, a convicted counterfeiter turned prison activist who fought against discrimination and unfair treatment of blacks and William "Ty" Martin, a convicted postal robber, involved in daring mastermind escape from the confines of Alcatraz.
Q&A with filmmaker Kevin Epps will follow the screening.
Roots of Faith, Roots of Freedom
1:30PM Koret Auditorium
A program on Negro spirituals and their connection to Africa-
Program will show the progression of African faith and culture beginning with the singing of old Yoruba songs that honor the ancestors and praise the Divine
2PM Koret Auditorium
Film screening of “Medicine for Melancholy” with a panel discussion on topics of being African American in a rapidly gentrifying San Francisco to follow.