2021 Programs

Showing Up Boldly: The Political and Organizing History of Black Women

May 12, 2021
7:00 – 8:30PM

Black women have made significant contributions to political movements, campaigns, and organizations for generations. How do the unique experiences of leaders like Ayanna Pressley, Stacey Abrams, and Kamala Harris connect to those of activists from earlier eras? How can we ensure that our students and the greater citizenry understand and honor this vital history? Join Meg Honey, co-founder of Rise Up Against Racism, and three distinguished speakers for a moderated conversation that explores the historical context and exciting future of Black female leadership.

  • Demetri Broxton, Senior Director of Education at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, manages school and community outreach, and develops resources and programs for school-age and college-age audiences, docent programs, and other education related programs. He holds an MA in museum studies from San Francisco State University and a BFA in art practice from UC Berkeley.

  • Katherine Chilton, a lecturer at San Jose State University, focuses her research on urban slavery and emancipation in the District of Columbia, particularly women’s interactions with the Freedman’s Bureau. Her articles have been published in the Journal of American History and she has authored a chapter in the forthcoming volume, Slavery: Interpreting American History, edited by Aaron Astor and Thomas Buchanan. She earned her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University.

  • Ula Taylor is Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies at UC Berkeley. Her articles on African American Women’s History and feminist theory have appeared in academic journals such as the Journal of African American History and the Journal of Women’s History. In 2013, Taylor received the Distinguished Professor Teaching Award from UC Berkeley—the second African American woman to be recognized. She earned her Ph.D. in American history from UC Santa Barbara.


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2021 Past Events 

Art & Algae: Journey Into The Curious World of Seaweed

April 14, 2021

California: Of Peril and Stewardship

March 17, 2021


Scary Technology, Cybersecurity, and Thrillers

February 17, 2021

SUCCESSFUL AGING: The Power and Potential of Our Lives
NYT Bestselling author Dr. Daniel Levitin in conversation with musician and founding Grateful Dead member Bob Weir

January 13, 2021

2020 Past Events 

Classical Guitar Performance, 16th-20th Centuries

December 9, 2020

The Great Escape: Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure with Mark Jordan

PART ONE: October 21, 2020 

PART TWO: October 22, 2020 

Summer Fun with Historical Fiction

July 20, 2020 

In Conversation with Mary Ladd, Author of The Wig Diaries

June 24, 2020 

Race Against Time: A Reporter Reopens the Unsolved Murder Cases of the Civil Rights Era 

March 2, 2020

The Life of Robert Noble Burgess

February 12, 2020


Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library

January 15, 2020

Live from the Library

Live! From the Library, produced by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, features free public lectures, literary events, and cultural programs at the Walnut Creek and Ygnacio Valley libraries. Program sponsors are the East Bay Times, Friends of the Walnut Creek Library, and Minuteman Press, Lafayette. Programming is also made possible by donations to the Foundation’s Annual Fund. View past programs on our Video page.  Contra Costa TV airs past programs Sundays at 8 p.m. Visit their website for channel info.

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