Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month Events

February is Black History Month and here are some ways you can celebrate..

Virtual African-American Festival
Saturday, February 27th from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm- The Aquarium of the Pacific will broadcast its Virtual African American Festival live. This free event “will feature African and African-American music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays.” Information on how to view the Festival will be available on the Aquarium’s website.

Black History/Heart Healthy Month for the Homeless
Saturday, February 27th from 1:00 pm to 04:00 pm- This event will have music, activities, fitness, PPE, health education, nutrition, hygiene, give-aways and more. Shop Project Educates wishlist today at www.shopfullpotential.com. Bringing Hope, Humanity, and LOVE to the homeless community.

Men of Change: A Healing Circle
Saturday, February 27th from 2 to 3:30 p.m- This is the final event of the California African American Museum’s celebration of Black History Month, is billed as an “interactive healing circle by and for Black men and masculine-identifying folks,” led by Zen Buddhist Gregory Reimoku Smith, a member of Black Boys OM. The free workshop includes a short presentation, guided meditation and discussion. RSVP for Zoom instructions here.

Racism in Sketch & Improv Comedy: Part II
Sunday, February 28th @ 4pm- Join us for a deeper conversation on racism, intersectionality, and creating equity on sketch and improv comedy stages with The Groundlings consultant Povi-Tamu Bryant and Groundlings Company Member Leonard Robinson. Povi-Tamu Bryant is the co-founder of Freedom Verses, a specialist in leadership, equity and diversity training. To purchase tickets visit www.groundlings.com

“Who I Am”- Theatre West
"Who Am I" is a celebration of African American Heritage, seven actor-writers sharing their personal stories and life lessons learned from their parents and grandparents, and “what it means" to be Black in America in the face of 2020’s call to action. This is a free Theatre West’s production on YouTube.

L.A. Rebellion- The UCLA Library Film & Television Archive
The UCLA Library Film & Television Archive presents L.A. Rebellion, a collection of films made by African and African American students who entered UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and television in the late 1960s and went on to create a new kind of cinema now known as the L.A. Rebellion. To view visit www.cinema.ucla.edu/la-rebellion/story-la-rebellion

The African American Experience
The American Mosaic online encompasses the myriad contributions of African Americans who have achieved cultural and historical prominence. This electronic resource includes nearly 1,000 biographies of such famous political and social figures as W.E.B. DuBois, Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, and Mary McLeod Bethune as well as such fascinating contemporary figures as Amiri Baraka, Muhammad Ali, and Oprah Winfrey. Narratives collection includes speeches, court cases, quotations, roughly 1,500 photographs and more. For more information visit culturela.org

Not a Moment But a Movement
A series of three events pairing play readings with visual artists and musicians to create an interdisciplinary collaboration that celebrates Black voices. Presented in conjunction with Watts Village Theatre and The Fire This Time Festival, each event will feature a host who guides the audience through an audio-visual experience which leads to a virtually produced play reading and post-event discussion to create a uniquely comprehensive cultural. Digital Stage+ ($10 or free for members). For more info and to purchase tickets visit centertheatregroup.org

Celebrate African American History Month – LAPL Online
The Los Angeles Public Library system has a large number of resources available online to commemorate and celebrate African American History Month. You’ll find books (both fiction and nonfiction), photos, podcasts, and more. Also, be sure to check the website for more information on daily events happening at different branches. Current online exhibits at the Los Angeles Public Library include Dodger legend Jackie Robinson, African American History Makers and much more. Visit lapl.org