New for African/Black History Month 2019
Experience Sankofa Project
The Experience Sankofa Project (ESP) is an innovative exhibit that combines installation art with historical artifacts.
This exhibit will be held at Youth UpRising – 8711 MacArthur Blvd in Oakland CA. We will be open for school and youth group field-trips on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 9am-2pm and Monday, February 25, 2019 from 9am-12pm. We will be open for a Community Celebration on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 6-10pm with music, food and meaningful interactions that cultivate peace.
ESP is a great way to honor Black/African History Month. 2019 marks 400 years since the first ship landed in Jamestown with a cargo of enslaved Africans. 400 years later, we have much to learn about the “peculiar institution” of slavery and its inter-generational impacts on all people. We have curated powerful and provocative period-specific “living installations” using lights, sounds, smells, and actors/models that evoke visceral emotions as an ode to African peoples’ greatness, oppression, resistance, and aspiration. From the Olduvai Gorge to Timbuktu, The Transatlantic Slave trade to Black Wall Street, The Harlem Renaissance to the Black Panthers, this exhibit brings history to life, highlighting Oakland's specific contributions.
It is our goal that community will glean a better understanding of African/Black peoples’ contributions to human civilization and ignite our collective capacity to build empathy and solidarity to transform our social realities and create a positive future.
What to bring you school or youth group?
Please complete our Field trip Reservation Request Form here. Space is limited and request or filled on a first come/ first served basis!
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