*Black History Month is almost here, and instead of dwelling on the fact that our peeps get recognized only on the shortest month of the year (Yes, I just had to go there), let’s celebrate each of the days by showing up to some awesome events right here in Los Angeles. You’ll have to do a bit more research if you don’t reside in southern Cali. Sorry.
Thanks to the team at Black Cultural Events, we have quite a few exciting happenings to share. Continue reading →
*Please note DATE CORRECTION. Capturing the essence of the Great Migration ? the movement of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North following the outbreak of World War I, artist Jacob Lawrence brings his latest piece, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, to The Soraya, located on the campus of Cal State Northridge (CSUN), for its company debut on Friday, February 9 at 8:00 pm. This debut follows the exhibit’s premiere at the New Victory Theater in New York in November of 2017, and it offers a hearty welcome to Black History Month in February!.
Based in Washington, D.C, Step Afrika! is rooted in the African tradition of Gumboot and was introduced to the 21st century via an American blend of percussive movement and electrifying rhythms.
The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence was created in 1941 and it is based on the artists’ ?Migration Series,? which features 60 colorful paintings.
?This season, we honor the story of human migration and programmed events that deal with issues head on. Immigration is now a prominent part of the national discussion and Step Afrika!?s new work is especially relevant. It focuses on a group of people who were brought to this country involuntarily and migrated within that country for greater freedom and opportunity. This piece is also rooted in an important piece of American visual art and is a perfect example of art influencing each other,? said Thor Steingraber, Executive Director of The Soraya. Continue reading →
*A very special Author and Music Night in honor of Black History Month brings Charles Wright, legendary L.A. musician and bestselling author of “Up From Where We’ve Come: An Eventful Journey” to the South Pasadena Public Library Community Room on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. ?The event will also feature Petrella, “The First Lady of Country Soul” and her band, Mixed Influence. The event is free and will be presented by the South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, with special thanks to 210 eastsound!
Charles Wright is the founder of the pioneering funk and R&B band of the 60s and early 70s, The Watts 103 Street Rhythm Band, known for the hits “Do Your Thing”, “Till You Get Enough”, and “Love Land”. Their biggest and most enduring hit “Express Yourself” is among the most sampled tracks by rap and hip hop groups. Continue reading →
*Black folk get ONE MONTH, the shortest of the twelve (But hey, we’ll take it!) to commemorate the impact our race and culture have had on the world. Our people have done a LOT to develop the many treasures that make this country what it is today. A country that everyone in the world is trying to get to and build a life for themselves and their families.
And now, thanks to the site?Discover Los Angeles, we don’t have to wonder about all the events set up to help us and anyone else celebrate and learn more about Black History.
Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their important role in U.S. history. The event was originally the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.
Here are some of the exciting events (and cultural institutions) participating in Black History Month events in the Los Angeles area.
Battleship Iowa (February 2017)
Located at the L.A. Waterfront in San Pedro, Battleship IOWA is presenting events and tributes throughout February to honor Black History month. There is no better place in Los Angeles to celebrate and commemorate the impact African Americans have had in the United States Navy and to this country than on the ?Battleship of Presidents,? the same ship where Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, the first African American to command a Navy warship, served during his illustrious Naval career.
The Battleship IOWA Museum is featuring Celebrating the American Spirit ? Battleship IOWA Salutes Black History Month,?a temporary display that will be part of the ship?s tour through Feb. 28. Guests will learn about the achievements that many African Americans made in the United States Navy and service for this country. The exhibit focuses on five pioneering black servicemen: Robert Penn, a Medal of Honor recipient; Alex Haley, the first chief journalist for the Coast Guard; John Henry ?Dick? Turpin, one of the first African American Chief Petty Officers in the United States Navy; Doris ?Dorie? Miller, the first African American to be awarded the Navy Cross; and Samuel L. Gravely. Continue reading →