Maafa Awareness Month Events Organized by CCWP Advisory Board Member Wanda Sabir

October is Maafa Awareness Month. Maafa is a Kiswahili term for disaster, calamity or terrible occurrence. This term has been used to describe the European Slave trade or the Black Holocaust. For the past 12 years, this month is a time for the San Francisco Bay Area community to reflect on the legacy of slavery, its economic, political and social impact on the region and nation, and the residual psychological effects on descendants: perpetrators, victims, and beneficiaries. Maafa Awareness Month is a time to look at how Africans or Black people, in particular, can heal from the trauma.

Each week during the month of October, free events will be held throughout the City of Oakland, with one event in San Francisco. Below is a list of the events and venues. All of the discussions begin at 6 p.m. Many are followed with films. For more information, please call (641) 715-3900 ext. 36800,, or visit .
Week 5, Final week of Diaspora Talks @ The Oakland Public Conservatory, The San Francisco Main Library?s Koret Auditorium, and a closing artist reception at Inquiry Gallery
“Maafa 2007: The Role of Art in Healing from the Residual Psychological Effects of Enslavement”
The African American Center at the San Francisco Main Library and Maafa San Francisco Bay Area Commemoration Committee host a panel discussion and film on the role of art practice in healing from the residual psychological effects of enslavement. The event will take place in the Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin (at Grove Street), San Francisco Public Library, in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 28, 1-4 screening. The afternoon will begin with a screening of S. Pearl Sharp’s The Healing Passage, followed by the artist panel, some of the artists featured in the exhibit presented by The Oakpod @ Inquiry Gallery, 2865 Broadway, Unit 2, Oakland, Friday, October 12 to Friday, November 2. There is a closing reception Friday, Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m. Gallery hours are Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For information and to schedule appointments call (641) 715-3900, ext. 36800.
Diaspora Talk with From Heart to Hand Teens
Monday, October 29, 6-9 p.m.: From Heart to Hand: Teens talk about recent trip to Brazil. Film screened: Quilombo County (2006), directed by Leonard Abrams, narrated by Chuck D. Visit The event takes place at The Oakland Public Conservatory, 1616 Franklin Street, Oakland, (510) 836-4649 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The film follows the presentation.
Diaspora Event: Performance and Fundraiser for Kim McMillon?s play ?Quilombo?
Tuesday, October 30: Quilombo Play Fundraiser and performance at The Oakland Public Conservatory, 1616 Franklin Street, Oakland, (510) 836-4649, 6-9 p.m. Evening screening: of Carlos Diegues? 1984 film “Quilombo” follows.
The public is invited to a fundraiser for the play Quilombo at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, 1616 Franklin Street, Oakland, (510) 836-4649. “Quilombo The Play” is Kim McMillon’s cross-cultural project that brings scholars, artists, students and community leaders together for a collaborative adaptation of Award-winning filmmaker Carlos Diegues? 1984 film. “Quilombo,” is the true story of a settlement of escaped slaves in 17th century Brazil that create an independent, self-contained republic, and fight for their rights to live in freedom. Ms. McMillon and fellow actors will read from ?Quilombo The Play? with music provided by Avotcja, and Gilberto Gil’s soundtrack from the movie Quilombo.
Ancestor Night with Robert King on “Quilombo Communities of Rio de Janeiro”
Diaspora Talks conclude with Robert King on ?Quilombo Communities of Rio de Janeiro? Wednesday, October 31, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, 1616 Franklin Street, Oakland, (510) 836-4649.
King will show footage from his visit Sept. 2007 and talk about resistance movements in Brazil and here in America today. He will also talk about the new plantation: America’s gulag or prison industrial complex, more specifically his liberation from Angola after 29 in solitary confinement (31 years incarcerated total). People should come dressed as positive ancestors and be prepared to tell their story. Possible film screened that evening is Queimada (1969) or ?Burn?, starring Marlon Brando.
The Oakpod Presents: ?Push Rewind: Maafa 2007? Art Exhibit CLOSING reception Friday, Nov. 2
The Oakpod presents: ?Push Rewind: Maafa 2007? ART EXHIBIT, Friday, October 12-Friday, Nov. 2 at INQUIRY GALLERY, 2865 Broadway, Unit 2, Oakland. The exhibit features the work of: Jason Austin, TaSin Sabir, James Gayles, Nena St. Louis, Wally Scott, Orlonda Uffre, Neter Aameri, Ashanti, Omar Lionel Sow, and Kimara Dixon. The opening reception is Friday, October 12, 6-9 p.m. with an artist talk from 7-8 p.m. This closing reception is Friday, Nov. 2. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gallery hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Friday-Saturday and weekly by appointment, call (641) 715-3900, ext. 36800 to check schedule, and to leave a message.