Jan 28 2016
Black History Month in Pasadena – Annual Black History Parade & Festival 2016

Celebrating Black History Month in Pasadena 2016


PASADENA, Calif.—Celebrate Black History Month 2016 by attending the parade and other special events, lectures and activities in Pasadena beginning Saturday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, March 20, 2016. Pasadena’s Black History Month Parade is one of the largest and oldest in the U.S. Pasadena Media, www.pasadenamedia.tv, will record the parade in its entirety for broadcast on KPAS, the City’s government TV station. The schedule of events is listed below and also online at www.cityofpasadena.net/PasadenaBlackHistory. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, Feb. 6
“The Wellness in You: Living a Happier Healthier Life” Attend an informational seminar about living life at your healthiest, 9 a.m., Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

“Pasadena African-American Genealogy Group” Search out your heritage and recover the past with this dynamic genealogy group, 2:30 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.

Saturday, Feb. 13
“I Am My Brother’s Keeper: Together, We Will Rise!” Attend a panel discussion on topics that include physical, spiritual, mental and financial health, and enter to win raffle prizes, 10 a.m., First A.M.E. Zion Church, 1087 N. Raymond Ave.

“Conversation with Peter J. Harris & Pam Ward” Enjoy readings and conversation with local literary luminaries Peter J. Harris and Pam Ward, 2 p.m. at Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave.

“Youth Open Mic and Film Festival” Experience an evening of enlightenment through poetry, spoken word, song, rap and film starting at 6 p.m. at the Alkebu-Ian Cultural Center, 1435 E. Raymond Ave.

Sunday, Feb. 14
“Black Film Showcase” Watch “Half of a Yellow Sun,” a romance drama inspired by the Nigerian civil war, 3 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.

Tuesday, Feb. 16
“Marcus Miller’s African Rhythms” Explore the world of drums and drumming with musician and educator Marcus Miller, 1 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 18
“Yanga: Exploring Mexico’s African Roots” Discover Mexico’s African heritage, through a slideshow, codices, paintings, photographs and live music, 7 p.m., Central Library/Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Ave. Presented by Dr. Gloria Arjona, Spanish language and literature professor, Caltech.

Saturday, Feb. 20
“34th Annual Black History Parade and Festival” Begins at 10 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, enjoy the Black History Festival on Hammond Street and the north side of Robinson Park from 12-4 p.m. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, displays, music and other free fun.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
“Travelling Shoes” Celebrate Black History Month with amazing stories of African-American heroes who had to put on their “travelling shoes” to make the long journey to freedom beginning at 3:30 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For tweens and above.

Thursday, Feb. 25
“NOBLE Black History Breakfast” with the Pasadena Police and Fire departments and the San Gabriel Valley Chapter, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), 8-10 a.m. at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Call (626) 744-4547 or (626) 744-7054 for info.

Friday, Feb. 26
“Chocolate Story Time” Enjoy storytelling and village building, featuring stories authored by and/or about African-Americans followed by a chocolate treat! Led by Dr. Ayesha Randall, the event starts at 4 p.m. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. For ages 3+.

“Senior Night Out” Enjoy great food, conversation and upbeat fun at the Pasadena City College Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., from 7-10 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 28
“Praise Dance & Song Jubilee” Enjoy music, dance and fellowship, 3 p.m., Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Sunday, March 13
“Celebrating Women” Celebrate women’s contributions to black history starting at 3 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Sunday, March 20
“Celebration of Music” Enjoy music and celebrate its contributions to African-American history, 3 p.m., Calvary C.M.E Church, 135 Glorieta St.

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