Celebrate Black History Month

During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions made by Black Americans. Check out and participate in these opportunities to learn more:

Mill Valley Public Library - 2021 CITY READ - The Mill Valley Public Library invites community members to join in a conversation about the complicated issues of race in America through two books: Eddie S. Glaude Jr's Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, and James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time.

The program includes a curated selection of material, including local history, music, literature, and politics of the time the Library will make available each week. Participate in virtual book discussions or invite the Library to facilitate a discussion at your own book club. Learn more on the Library’s website.

Community Church of Mill Valley - Pray Their Names Art Installation — Sunday January 17 thru February 18 at Community Church
Pray Their Names is an outdoor sculpture of more than 100 large wooden hearts created in memory of Black lives lost to policy violence and lynching. Created at the First Congregational Church of Sonoma, Pray Their Names has been travelling to different UCC churches since last summer. This project exists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The Dedication Service will be on February 7th at 3:30 pm. Learn more.

Food for the Soul: Celebrate Black History Month at MCFL - Panelist Presentation: Black Experience in Marin: Thursday, February 25th at 7pm– The cross-generational panel includes Meloni Page, leader of County of Marin African-American Employee Association; Noah Griffin, Singer/Actor/Speaker/Author; Otis Bruce, Assistant District Attorney County of Marin; Sophia Martin, youth activist; Amber Allen-Pierson, Tam Wellness Coordinator and activist; Paul Austin, Executive Director of PLAY Marin. Learn more.

Black History Month All Year Long: Great Books for Children - Nonfiction children's books about famous and not-so-famous African Americans as well as historic moments in Black history. Learn more.

Revealing California’s Hidden African American History: Cognizant that – even with the efforts of earlier generations – much of the state’s African American history has been overlooked or suppressed, the California Historical Society is marking Black History Month through several public history programs. Learn more.

Celebrate Black Authors: Celebrate in February and all year long! Learn more.

Food for the Soul: Celebrate Black History Month at MCFL: Join online to celebrate Black History Month with the Marin County Free Library, in partnership with the County of Marin African American Employees Association. There are exciting programs for all ages. Revisit the familiar or discover something new. Learn more.

CA Conversations: Black History Month: Join the CA Museum for a virtual discussion with activist, author & public historian Michelle Duster on Thurs., Feb. 18 during CA Conversations: Black History Month. Learn more and register.

SFChronicle Datebook - Black History Month 2021: Virtual events, performances and more ways to celebrate in the Bay Area - Celebrated in the U.S. and other parts of the world as a way of honoring important people, events and achievements of the African diaspora, this year’s Black History Month has more gravity and significance than ever, as a time for community members to take pause and look inward, asking what they can do to better confront racism and inequality. Learn more.

The City of Mill Valley promotes City-produced and independently-produced events to inspire action towards eliminating racial disparities, both inside government and in the community. If you have an event you would like to add to this list, please email us at dei@cityofmillvalley.orgLearn more about the City of Mill Valley's Diversity, Inclusion and Equity initiatives here.