5 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month Near SOMA | SOMA 788

February is Black History Month (BHM). It has long been celebrated with special events. This includes parades, exhibits, lectures, music performances, and plays. But that was before the pandemic. Things look a lot different for Black History Month 2021.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t still delve deep into the rich history of the culture. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History has provided a theme for BHM since 1928. This year's theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”

Family is so important. Keeping that in mind, here are five ways to celebrate Black History Month 2021 near Soma and the San Francisco area.

Black Joy Treasure Hunt


This is a Black Culture treasure hunt that spans the City of Oakland. The event is free. It is a hybrid in-person/virtual event. The goal is to encourage people to visit local landmarks and businesses. People can experience the black community and culture in Oakland. Prizes will be awarded. The treasure hunt begins on February 1st and runs throughout the month. Participants may complete it any time during Black History Month.

MLK 40 Days of Service


This event started on January 15. However, participation can begin at any time. There are many activities and ideas for people of all ages. Some are virtual and some are in person. They all allow you to get you involved so that you can make a difference. The categories include Community, Virtual Volunteering, and Environment. As you complete activities, you report them on a site that tracks your progress.

3rd Annual Black Solidarity Week Opening Ritual & Processional

February 17

The Opening Ritual & Processional is a free event that kicks off Black Solidarity Week. It marks the beginning of Black Liberation. That event runs through the end of the year. This ceremony is rich in African culture and traditions. The goal is to honor and show solidarity with African ancestors. It begins at 5 pm at Lake Merritt’s Pergola. The organizers ask that all attendees wear a mask and dress in all white.

When the Waters Get Deep: Black History Month Drive-In at Fort Mason

February 23 – February 24

This 35-minute film shows at a drive-in. It follows the story of members of a local band, SOL Development. They use music to share their personal stories. Topics include gun violence, prison, and the effects of policing. "When the Waters Get Deep" is a celebration of healing and moving forward.

Remember Them: Champions of Humanity


Location: 1900 Rashida Muhammad Street, Henry J. Kaiser Park in Oakland. This monument features 25 role models and celebrates cultural diversity. A total of 60,000 pounds of bronze is used. The monument is in four sections and is 52 feet long by 31 feet high. Heroes depicted include Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglas, Martin Luther King, and others.

When you live in the heart of a cultural hub you have access to many culturally rich activities. San Francisco and Soma have a lot to offer. Soma at 788 puts you minutes from shopping, museums, restaurants, and cultural events. Contact us today for vacancies, rates, and floor plans. Come home to us.


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