February is Black History Month, celebrating the many important achievements of African Americans.
All across Los Angeles County and the Third District, there are events to honor the history and contributions of African Americans to American life.
The California African American Museum
The museum, which is open to the public free of charge, will be hosting a series of special talks and events alongside its regular exhibits. There are fun family programs every Sunday to immerse you and your loved ones in African American culture, as well as a notable talk from Grammy award-winning producer and activist David Banner.
Aquarium of the Pacific
In addition to its marine exhibitions, the Aquarium of the Pacific will be hosting Mardi-Gras inspired festivals, accompanied by West African hip-hop dancers, storytellers and jazz artists February 25th 26th.The entrance to the festival is free with aquarium admission.
STAR African-American Art Festival
In its annual art festival, STAR Eco station will bring together local artists, performers, and students to honor African American history through exhibits, poetry, dance, singing and drumming on Feb. 11. It is free and open to the public to encourage a community celebration of African American culture.
The Pan African Film and Arts Festival
From February 9-20, this fantastic film festival will be coming to Downtown Los Angeles to screen 150 films, bringing with it over 100 artists and craftspeople to represent African diversity. In addition to film screenings, there is also an art-fest and fashion show, and a children’s festival.
Biddy Mason Park
Learn about the “grandmother of Los Angeles” Biddy Mason at the park and art installation bearing her name that celebrates her remarkable life. Mason, a former slave, became a successful businesswoman, one of the first black landowners in LA, and a beloved philantropist. She founded the city’s First African Methodist Episcopal Church on this very ground.
County of Los Angeles Public Libraries
To celebrate Black History Month, branches within the L.A. Public Libraries will individually host special public programs and events each week, such as film screenings and book discussions.
Santa Monica College Lecture Series
The college will be presenting a series of free public events, which include spoken word, song, and dance performances, as well as informative talks and discussions on Los Angeles’ black history and the current state of Black America at this pivotal time in the nation.
The Battleship Iowa Black History Month Exhibit
For the month of February, the Battleship Iowa has a limited time exhibit that will feature artifacts, news clippings, and photography that offers insight into the important contributions of five pioneering black servicemen.
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