Pasadena, CA — 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.
To begin the month of celebrations, there will be a "Ragtime and Chili" event with Lawrence Kolakowski, a genealogy search, and the opening reception for the 31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival with this year's theme is "Celebrating Freedom - Continuing the Dream." Other events include the "Red, Black and Green Honors Dinner", a Black film showcase of the historical film, "Courage to Love", a screening of "Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep South", and stories from Africa and African Americans.
Then comes the parade and festival on Saturday, February 16. The parade 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 Avenue. 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.
Rounding out the month is "Senior Night Out", "Praise Dance Jubilee", and and evening with 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.
For more information about Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net and for more information about each of these events, go to the Journal's "Calendar" section.