The San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society presents exhibits, programs, speakers, and other events which inform and provide context on African American history, life and culture. This page features current and upcoming events, and highlights a memorable past exhibit.

African Reflections: Speaking Through Art Contemporary Artists' Responses to African Art


Africa is the world's second-largest and second most populous continent, after Asia. With 1.2 billion people (as of 2016) in 54 countries, it accounts for 14.2% of the world's human population. African is three times larger than the continental United States including Alaska.

African art is extremely diverse, extraordinarily vigorous and shows a brilliant sense of form. African Art has had an aesthetic impact on the development of twentieth-century Western art, on Picasso, Derain, Braque and Mogdigliani, among others. These objects transcend their culture of origin to be of fundamental impact and influence on the universal culture of our time.

The exhibit explored this rich cultural legacy through the eyes of local Bay Area artists of the Diaspora, reflecting powerful forms, complex symbolism and formal inventiveness so indicative of traditional African Art.


Regular Events
  • Monthly Society Board meetings are taking place via telephone conference.
  • 2021 Black History Month, The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity Kick-off
    Keynote speaker, Charles Collins, Executive Director Emeritus, YMCA
    Friday, February 7th, noon – via Internet to view later:
  • 2021 Black History Month, The Black Family: Family Histories Presentation
    Three family histories to inspire your own exploration
    Friday, February 12th, 6 pm – via video chat
  • 2021 Black History Month, The Black Family: African American Resources for Genealogy Workshop
    Saturday, February 20th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, registration required to receive workshop handouts and link, email or call the Society at or 415.292.6172.
  • 2021 Black History Month, Public Affairs Forum
    Discussion and analysis of current affairs affecting the community and how we can respond from strength to power.
    Friday, February 26th, 6:00 pm – via video chat
  • 2021 Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 21, 2021, via video chat (ZOOM). More information to follow. Contact a Board member for more information at

2021 Black History Month programs may be recorded and available via this website soon.

Join the Society as we celebrate Black History Month and the Black Family.
2021 Black History Month: The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity.

  • "Barack Obama: African Americans and the Vote,” the 2020 Black History Month exhibit still stands in the Gallery. We hope to bring this to you virtually.
  • 2021 Black History Month Exhibit focused on “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity": A virtual exhibit – a survey of local artists’ works depicting aspects of the Black family. Coming to this website….

Black Migrations

A film depicting 6 people's oral history of migration to San Francisco, produced by The Society and Citizen Film for Black History Month 2019.

African Americans and the Vote

African Americans and the Vote, a documentary film featuring Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., Judge John Dearman, and De’Anthony Jones, was “on time” for the November election; and it remains of import. The life stories of those featured in the video speak to the importance of voting. This past election demonstrated that the African American vote can make a difference! The film documents their childhoods, family backgrounds, and opportunities that shaped their lives as African Americans involved in the political and public arena.

This is the second Black History Month documentary produced by the Society in conjunction with Citizen Film, now available for viewing and discussion, and soon to be featured here and on social media. Click here to see a filmclip of African Americans and the Vote. For more information, contact the Society at or 415-292-6172.