“I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish. Culture is for everybody”
- Spike Lee
The organization was also formed to fill a void that has been continually expanding in San Francisco, whereby the visibility of African American “creatives” and the culture and communities they represent has been shrinking, with the current African American population accounting for less than 3% of San Francisco’s total population.
The City of San Francisco provided a generous grant to sf|noir in 2001 from the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and helped to advance the organization’s directives. sf|noir‘s signature event is the annual San Francisco Black History Month Celebration, now in its 12th season. Throughout the year we partner with other arts and civic organizations and produce timely and innovative programming to keep our audiences at the cutting edge.