Roots of Community Exhibit: A historic and photographic look at the African-American leaders of Santa Barbara and how their activism improved the region for all races. Karpeles Manuscript Library & Museum, 21 W. Anapamu St. Wed.-Sun., noon-5pm. Free admission. Reception on Fri., Feb. 18, 5pm. Shows through Apr. 30.
Santa Barbara African Heritage Film Series: The 12th annual SBAHFS focuses on African and African-American themes. All screenings are at the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Public Library, unless otherwise noted. See sbahfs.org.
• No Time to Die: An African romantic comedy about a looking-for-love hearse driver who falls for a woman with an angry father. Fri., Feb. 11, 5pm. $6 donation.
• Skin: The dramatized true story about a black child born to white parents in Apartheid-era South Africa. Sat., Feb. 12, 1pm. $6 donation.
• Trouble the Water: Academy Award-nominated documentary that follows a black family in New Orleans and their attempt to escape and then recover from Hurricane Katrina. Sat., Feb. 12, 3pm. $6 donation.
• Everyday Black Man: When a corner-store owner — played by Santa Barbara resident Henry Brown — takes on a Black Muslim as a business partner, he soon finds that all is not as it seems. This centerpiece screening includes a tribute to Henry Brown. Sat., Feb. 12, 5:30pm. $8 donation.
• Up from the Bottoms: The Search for the American Dream: In a screening cosponsored by the UCSB MultiCultural Center, this shines light on the migration of African Americans from the Deep South to the more prosperous north and west during World War II and beyond. Discussion will follow screening. Wed., Feb. 16, 6pm. UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater. Free.
Herman Gray Diversity Lecture: In a speech titled You Better Recognize: Visibility, Recognition, and Regulation, the UC Santa Cruz sociology professor and author will discuss the push for more visibility and recognition of diverse cultures and histories that’s being made possible by expanding media and political opportunities. Thu., Feb. 24, 5pm. UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater. Free.
Malik Seneferu Exhibition: Work from the self-taught painter whose art — which captures the black experience in America, as well as oppression everywhere — has been shown throughout the world. Shows through Mar. 11. UCSB MultiCultural Center Lounge. Free.
Come Together: Interethnic Collaboration for Equity and Social Change in the 1970s: An exhibit featuring posters from the Bay Area circa the 1970s representing social change and cultural diversity. Shows through Mar. 4. UCSB’s College of Creative Studies Library. Noon-5pm. Free. Call 893-8411.
A Tribute to the Art of Betty Biggs: The renowned watercolor artist from Lompoc — who was trained at Wiley College in Texas and Howard University in Washington, D.C. — will be displaying her paintings of people in West Africa. A reception with the artist is Sun., Feb. 13, 2pm. Shows through Feb. 28. Lompoc Museum’s Centeno Gallery, 200 S. H St., Lompoc. Tue.-Fri., 1-5pm.; Sat.-Sun., 1-4pm.