The public is invited to help celebrate Black History Month in Pasadena by participating in any or all of the numerous special events, parade and other great activities planned throughout February. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Saturday Feb. 2
“Ragtime & Chili”
Celebrate Black History Month and our shared American music legacy with a performance by pianist Lawrence Kolakowski from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. Kolakowski will talk about all the great composers who created what many historians consider to be the first truly “American” art forms—Ragtime and Jazz. Then enjoy chili and iced tea, foods that were popular during the Jazz Age, immediately following the performance. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7268 or email@example.com
Join the Pasadena African-American Genealogy Group from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Drive, to search your heritage and recover your past with this dynamic genealogy group. Call (626) 744-7266 for details.
Join the Black History Parade & Festival Planning Committee for its Opening Reception for the 31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival, with this year’s theme, “Celebrating Freedom—Continuing the Dream” from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Alkebu-Lan Cultural Center, 1435 N. Raymond Ave. Call (626) 744-7300 for more information.
Friday, Feb. 8
“Red, Black & Green Honors Dinner”
Join the Black History Parade and festival Planning Committee for this important sixth annual gala dinner to honor newly elected Assembly member (former Councilmember) Chris Holden; former Assembly member Anthony Portantino and LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey; and special memorial award tribute to Victor McClinton. This gala affair will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, at the Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Los Robles. Tickets are $60 per person. Contact the Jackie Robinson Center, (626) 744-7300, to purchase tickets.
Sunday, Feb. 10
“Black Film Showcase”
Watch the historical film “Courage to Love” (2000) about Mother Henriette Delille who, in the 1840s, began assembling a group of young women who would become the Sisters of the Holy Family. The event is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.
Saturday, Feb. 16
“31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival”
Begins at 10:00 a.m. at Charles White Park in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. After the parade, from noon to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the Black History Festival at Robinson Park. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, special displays, music and other entertainment.
Saturday, Feb. 16
“Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”
Join a special screening of the documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” (2008), the story of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. History on beginning at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. The film was created by filmmaker Katrina Browne who discovered that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Feb. 21
“Where We Are, Where We’ve Been: Stories from Africa and African-Americans”
Join storyteller Michael McCarty for one of two events as he reveals the struggles, joys, triumphs and beauty of African and African-American history and culture. The first event begins at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in Central Library’s Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. and he gives a repeat performance at 4:00 p.m., at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. For more information, contact Pat Smith at (626) 744-4045 o email@example.com.
Friday, Feb. 22
“Senior Night Out”
Join the high-energy fun, good food and conversation at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., for this special Senior Night Out, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24
“Praise Dance Jubilee”
Enjoy the music, the dance and the fellowship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave., beginning at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.
Thursday, Feb. 28
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Evening with David ‘Sonny’ Lacks”
Join the Pasadena Public Library and the City of Hope for an evening with David “Sonny” Lacks, the son of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken without her knowledge and became the first immortal cell line called the HeLa or “Hela Cell” used for scientific breakthroughs around the world. Lacks will put a personal face on the story about his mother as told in the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Event begins at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. If you have a question that you would like to pose to Mr. Lacks, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 11
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