On Wednesday, February 28th San Francisco City Hall was filled to capacity with guests enjoying the Black History Month Cultural Experience. Hosted by Supervisor Malia Cohen and the Board of Supervisors President, London Breed, the event featured music, art, dance, wine tasting and traditional cuisine.
Emceed by radio broadcaster Miranda Wilson, the stairs of the Rotunda included two large portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr. behind bars fighting for justice and a presidential Barack Obama as head of the nation. The two works of art spoke to how far Black Americans have come in the pursuit of equality led by King to Obama leading the wealthiest nation in the world.
“Black History Month is special because we always discover something new about not just our African history, but American history and how we’re all a part of that not just in San Francisco but throughout the world,” said Broadcaster Miranda Wilson.
Mayoral candidate and Board of Supervisors President London Breed addressed the audience with excitement. “I am honored to serve with Supervisor Cohen to bring forth a celebration of our ancestors and the shoulders we stand – the many folks who made history in San Francisco and all over the world,” said Board of Supervisors President and mayoral candidate, London Breed. “Tonight is a celebration of how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.”
Breed also briefly touched on the politics at hand. “We are resilient and we don’t back down, we stand tall, proud and we go hard, because we know what’s at stake,” she said. “Supervisor Cohen and I are on the frontline for the community.”
Both dressed in traditional African garb, Breed and Cohen stood before a proud community as two African queens. “We contribute to Black history and American history in a profound way, said Cohen. “Celebrating in this venue (San Francisco City Hall Rotunda) is a wonderful way to remind ourselves that this building is for everyone,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen.
Vocalist Dee Dee Simon sang, Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman,” and welcomed all the women in the audience to join in. A spiritually led performance by Carla Service and the Dance A Vision dancers portrayed the strength of African Americans pursuing freedom. A high powered hip hop performance included dozens of youth of Kim Sims-Battiste Culture Shock Dance Troupe.
After the program guests dined on complimentary bites and beverages from over two dozen venues and restaurants including Asheba and Auntie Aprils. Carrie Carter of the Bay View district attended with several of her friends and danced to the master mixes of DJ Russ of the infamous Rick and Russ Show. “This is a wonderful way to celebrate our culture and bring the community together,” said Carter.
Attendees included Karen Allen, Ida Hurst, Frances Luster, Paul Henderson, Tracey Webb, and Elaine Feemster among others.