Black History Month celebrations continue in parishes and schools throughout the month of February.
"Out of Darkness, God Brings Light" is the theme for the 32nd annual African American celebration at St. Columba Church in Oakland. Liturgies are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sundays at the church, which is at 6401 San Pablo Ave., Oakland. On Feb. 9, Father Maurice Nutt, a member of the Redemptorist Parish Mission Preaching team from Chicago, and faculty member at the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans, will preach. On Feb. 16, the parish will welcome evangelist Richard Lane, Catholic convert and co-founder of Qorban Ministries. On Feb. 23, Father Kwame Assenyoh, SVD, will preach on the evangelization of black people and ministry within the African diaspora.
The parish will also celebrate with an African American Gala and presentation of the Ujima and Sister Thea Bowman Community Service Awards at 6 p.m. Feb. 15. Contact St. Columba Parish for details at 510-654-7600.
"Accepting the Past, embracing the Future" is the theme for the Black History celebrations at St. Benedict Parish. Sunday Masses are at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the church, which is at 2245 82nd Ave., Oakland. Contact the parish at 510-632-1847.
St. Patrick Church in Oakland has two special events planned during February. After the 10 a.m. African-American Gospel Mass Feb. 9, the parishioners will continue the celebration at a Black History art exhibit at the nearby Prescott-Joseph Center, a community center is the parish's former convent at 920 Peralta St. The youth of the parish will be a vibrant part of the celebration on the last Sunday of the month, Feb. 23. St. Patrick Church is at 1023 Peralta St., Oakland. Contact the parish at 510-444-2081.
Bishop O'Dowd High School's Black Student Union will present "From the Lunch Counter to the Lunch Room: Unsung Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement 1960-2014," 7-9 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Bishop O'Dowd Theater. The school is at 9500 Stearns Ave., Oakland. Admission to the performance is $5.
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