Celebrating black life, history and culture

January 21 through march 1, 2015

Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture presented by Eden Rose Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and Palma Ceia Baptist Church at the HAHS Center for History & Culture in Hayward. The artifacts and history of these institution will be exhibited through March 1st, 2015.

Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture exhibition highlights civic responsibility, social consciousness and the history of local African American Churches and public service organizations.  Two organizations, Eden Rose Chapter (CA), The Links, Incorporated, (formerly South Bay Area Chapter) and Palma Ceia Baptist Church represent local institutions that are united in service and the collective goals of serving the community.  Both have the shared vision of uplifting the community and bridging disparities through social and economic justice, civic responsibility and community activism.  The ultimate mission is to inform, enlighten and support the community through outreach, teaching and service projects while developing the mind, body and spirit of all persons.

The partnership of the Palma Ceia Baptist Church and Eden Rose Chapter, The Links, Incorporated represents a powerful intersection committed to service and excellence. Preparing the exhibition gave participating organizations the opportunity to strengthen the partnership.  As a member of both organizations I was honored to serve as one of the guest curators. In the words of Pablo Picasso “Give me a museum and I’ll fill it”.  What an awesome opportunity to work with the HAHS and its staff. Thanks to the direction provided by Exhibition Registrar & Education Assistant Amanda Batman, Curator Diane Curry and Associate Archivist John Christian, the exhibit is extraordinary!

The Celebrating Black Life, History and Culture exhibit is bringing the community together. Be sure to visit the HAHS and experience this extraordinary and powerful collaboration.

Karen McHenry-Smith
Arts Facet Chairperson
Eden Rose (CA) Chapter, The Links Incorporated