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Pasadena Black History Month Parade, Special Events Announced

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.

Friday, February 8 - "Red, Black & Green Honors Dinner"

Join the Black History Parade and festival Planning Committee for this important sixth annual gala dinner to honor newly elected Assembly member (former Councilmember) Chris Holden; former Assembly member Anthony Portantino and LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey; and special memorial award tribute to Victor McClinton. This gala affair will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, at the Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Los Robles. Tickets are $60 per person. Contact the Jackie Robinson Center, (626) 744-7300, to purchase tickets.

Sunday, February 10 - "Black Film Showcase"

Watch the historical film "Courage to Love" (2000) about Mother Henriette Delille who, in the 1840s, began assembling a group of young women who would become the Sisters of the Holy Family. The event is from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10 at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.

Saturday, February 16 - "31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival"

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.

Saturday, February 16 - "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North"

Join a special screening of the documentary, "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North" (2008), the story of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. History beginning at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Avenue. The film was created by filmmaker Katrina Browne who discovered that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7268 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, February 21 - "Where We Are, Where We've Been: Stories from Africa and African-Americans"

Join storyteller Michael McCarty for one of two events as he reveals the struggles, joys, triumphs and beauty of African and African-American history and culture. The first event begins at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 21 in Central Library's Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street and he gives a repeat performance at 4:00 p.m., at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Boulevard. For more information, contact Pat Smith at (626) 744-4045 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Friday, February 22 - "Senior Night Out"

Join the high-energy fun, good food and conversation at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly Street, for this special Senior Night Out, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 24 - "Praise Dance Jubilee"

Enjoy the music, the dance and the fellowship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 28 - "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Evening with David 'Sonny' Lacks"

Join the Pasadena Public Library and the City of Hope for an evening with David "Sonny" Lacks, 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. Lacks will put a personal face on the story about his mother as told in the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. Event begins at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28, in the Central Library's Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street. If you have a question that you would like to pose to Mr. Lacks, email it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by February 11.

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