On Feb. 17, the Crocker Art Museum celebrated Black history with music, dancing, crafts and interactive activities for the whole family.
Periodic performances by Tina B and the Soul Line Dancers had children and adults shakin’ along with them. Marlena Norman, whose son and nephew, three-year-olds Johnnie and Jaden danced along with the group. She said it was her family’s second time at the annual Black History Month Celebration: A Free Family Festival, and that they’ll likely return in future years.
“Because of the culture and arts and crafts, the kids can learn more about their culture,” she said.
A Jackson family dance tribute by Studio T Urban Dance Academy filled the Crocker’s auditorium and the Black and Beautiful Arts and Crafts Marketplace showcased Sacramento artisans.
A group of women who make up the Sisters Quilting Collective shared their works and stories with guests and invited kids to sign material that would be made into a quilt.“It’s just a joy to be invited to the Crocker,” said Lillian LeBlanc, president of the collective, adding it was their first major event since starting the group about a year ago.
Participating entertainers also included the Phoenix Park Kids Concert Choir, Puppets and Motion, one-man band Winko, Saint Gabriel Celeste Brass Band and more.
This year’s Black History Month Celebration: A Free Family Festival was held in partnership with Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum.