The Crocker Celebrates Black History Month With Film & Music

by Chris Narloch

Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum will showcase three films and at least one musical program in celebration of Black History Month this February.

The film series explores the depiction of African-American men on the big screen, and the next film on tap, this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, is 1971’s "Shaft."

One of the first blaxploitation films, and also one of the most popular, “Shaft” marked a turning point for this type of film, and spawned a number of sequels and knockoffs.

Next up is 1977’s “Cooley High,” a light-hearted and entertaining portrayal of two carefree best friends who live on the Near North Side of Chicago circa 1964.

The terrific soundtrack of “Cooley High” features the smash hit “Baby Love” by The Supremes, among many other Motown hits. The film shows on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Spike Lee’s 1996 movie “Get On The Bus” will wrap up the Black History Month film series on Thursday, Feb. 23, with its story of a disparate group of African-American men who travel by bus to Washington, DC for the Million Man March in 1995.

If music is more your thing, don’t miss renowned composer/arranger and pianist Jacqueline Butler Hairston, who will present a classical program of works by female African American composers.

Hairston will be joined by soprano Henrietta Davis and Laurel Zucker on flute, this Sunday, Feb. 12.

All programs will take place at the Crocker Art Museum. Please visit

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