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Oakland Museum of California Presents “Blueprint Roundtable” Panel Discussion


Saturday, February 11, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

WHAT: Question Bridge: Black Males, Blueprint Roundtable panel discussion. The event is preceded by a 12:30 pm commissioned, site-specific dance by Motif Performance Project with choreographer Rashad Pridgen.

WHERE: Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), located at 1000 Oak Street in Oakland, California. The event is hosted in OMCA’s James Moore Theater, on Level 1.

MEDIA CHECK IN: All media should check in at the Will Call table, located on Level 1, on the Oak Street entrance to the Museum. Please present media credentials or a business card to receive media comp admission. To RSVP in advance, call Kelly Koski at 843-670-5355 or email [email protected]


The roundtable responds to a question posed by a member of the Hip Hop generation to members of the Civil Rights generation, "Why didn’t you leave us the blueprint?" This question is the catalyst for a multigenerational discussion about local barriers to communication between Black males; values; leadership; and strategies for overcoming social issues that have emerged in local communities over the past 40 years.

Question Bridge: Black Males is an innovative video installation created by Chris Johnson and artists Hank Willis Thomas in collaboration with Bayeté Ross Smith and Kamal Sinclair after traveling around the country interviewing 150 Black men in eleven cities. They created 1,500 videos of conversations with men representing a range of geographic, generational, economic, and educational levels. They then wove the conversations together to simulate a stream-of-consciousness dialogue, allowing important themes and issues to emerge, including family, love, interracial relationships, community, education, violence, and the past, present, and future of Black men in American society. For more information, visit