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Honoring Community Achievement Maestro Michael Morgan

The goal of Black History Month is to educate Americans about African Americans’ cultural backgrounds and notable achievements. It is this spirit that we recognize Maestro Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Maestro Morgan was born in Washington, DC, attended public schools there, and began conducting at the age of 12.
In 1986, he became the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Later that year, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. He has appeared as a guest conductor with most of America’s major orchestras as well as the New York City Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater and Washington National Opera.
Maestro Morgan is celebrating his 22nd anniversary with the OEBS. He also serves as Artistic Director of Oakland Youth Orchestra, Music Director of Sacramento Philharmonic, Artistic Director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, and teaches the graduate conducting course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
The San Francisco Foundation has honored him with one of its Community Leadership Awards and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Holy Names University.
Under his artistic leadership symphony activities reach over 75,000 children and adults annually. A major accomplishment is the MUSic for Excellence Program which provides comprehensive instrumental music instruction in grades K-12. MUSE currently serves 3,000 students in 20 Oakland public schools.


Black History Month Celebrated In Space

Dr. Ronald McNair

Black History Month will be celebrated at the Chabot Space and Science Center by honoring the contributions of African Americans in the fields of science and space. On Saturday, February 19, at 1pm or 3pm, visitors can fly a simulated mission to space that with a special tribute to African American astronauts.
Chabot is home to the Challenger Learning Center, a classroom replica of NASA’s Mission Control with an adjoining spacecraft. It’s the legacy of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy.
Among the crew aboard that mission was the second African American in space, Dr. Ronald McNair. McNair was valedictorian of his high school class, and earned a B.S. degree from North Carolina A&T State University. He received a PhD from MIT, before entering the astronaut program at NASA.
Dr. McNair is an inspiration to all who value education, science discovery, and exploration. While in the Challenger Learning Center, like NASA missions, visitors are guided by an experienced flight director. To reserve space, call (510) 336-7373. Read more