OCA Gallery is pleased to celebrate Black History Month featuring a juried exhibition of original works by Sonoma County artists, as well as the private historical collection of Raynetta James.
Our gallery is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM, and during event intermissions.
A hosted reception will be held on Saturday, February 2nd from 3 – 6 PM.
Black History Month was first proposed by black educators and the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State one year later, from 2/1/1970 – 2/28/1970.
Six years later, Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country in educational institutions, centers of Black culture and community centers, both great and small, when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial. He urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history”.