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In Partnership with the Community, For the Community - A Black History Month Parade & Celebration

  • Natalie Stone
Southeast Community Center Director Larry Berry.
Southeast Community Center Director Larry Berry

Last Saturday, February 18, the Southeast Community Center brought together hundreds of community members to celebrate Black History Month. The day gave families, friends, neighbors, and colleagues a great opportunity not only to participate in fun activities but also to learn more about the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood and how community leaders there have fought for equality.  

“We are very proud to have hosted our first Black History Month event. We included every activity that community members and organizers had planned for Black History Month and made one large celebration that everyone could enjoy," said Larry Berry, Director of the Southeast Community Center.

The day started off with sunshine and kicked off with a Black History Month parade from the Bayview Opera House and ending at the Center with more festivities including food trucks, classic cars on display, and horse rides with the Black cowboys. Guests also got to see a performance from Feline Finesse, a local dance troop made up of young women. Supervisor Shamann Walton and Mayor London N. Breed both joined in on the festivities.  

Attendees were able to view a special screening of the movie I’m Charlie Walker, a biopic of Bayview-Hunters Point legend Charlie Walker. Walker advocated for San Francisco to provide construction and trucking contracts to Black workers. By viewing the film, guests at the Southeast Community Center continue to honor his legacy and his dedication to the neighborhood. Other local neighborhood historians were also present to tell the stories of Bayview Hunters-Point's history of advocacy. 

Community members visit the Southeast Community Center for the celebration.
Community members visit the Southeast Community Center for the celebration.

The Southeast Community Center held an artists’ panel with the San Francisco Arts Commission featuring Mildred Howard, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Malik Seneferu, and Afatasi the Artist. The room was overfilled for this panel as the artists discussed their pieces at the Southeast Community Center and what it means to them to have their work showcased.  

The Southeast Community Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 7 am to 7 pm. Please stop by and admire the artwork displayed throughout the building.