The public is invited to celebrate Black History Month 2014 in Pasadena by participating in the parade and numerous special events and activities planned beginning Saturday, January 25, through Friday, February 28, 2014. A comprehensive list of the events follows. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
On Saturday, January 25: The Black History Parade & Festival Planning Committee had an Opening Reception at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue.
In celebration of the 32nd Annual Black History Parade and Festival, this year's theme is "Black History: A Legacy for the Present and Our Future." Call (626) 744-7300 for more information.
Saturday, February 1: "Historical View of African-American Families" Explore the lives of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the civil rights movement in special exhibit, Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Boulevard, February 1 - 28. Open during regular hours. Call (626) 744-7262.
"Knowledge is the Key to Success." View memorabilia of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Tau Chapter–Pasadena, at Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street, February 1 - 28. Open during regular hours. Call (626) 744-4066 for details.
"Genealogy Search." Join the Pasadena African-American Genealogy Group, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, February 1, at the Lamanda Park Branch Library, 140 S. Altadena Drive, to search out your heritage and recover the past with this dynamic genealogy group. Call (626) 744-7266 for details.
"Red, Black & Green Honors Dinner." The Black History Parade & Festival Planning Committee honors the grand marshals for the Black History Parade and presents community service awards at this gala affair, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., February 1, at the Hilton Hotel, 168 S. Los Robles Avenue. Tickets are $60 per person. Contact the Jackie Robinson Community Center, (626) 744-7300, to purchase tickets.
Saturday, February 8: "Liturgical Praise Dance Conference." Enjoy music, dance and fellowship at New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church, 855 N. Orange Grove Blvd., 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
"Speaking Of: Dr. Terrance Roberts." Pasadena resident Dr. Terrence Roberts made history as one of the "Little Rock Nine" who desegregated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1957, marking a milestone in the American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Roberts will talk about the Little Rock Nine, civil rights, social justice, community building and ethical decision making. Book signing follows talk. Books available on site for purchase. Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Avenue, 2 p.m., February 8.
Sunday, February 9: "Black Film Showcase." Watch the biographical film "The Jackie Robinson Story" (1950), which stars the great baseball legend himself, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m., at Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.
Tuesday, February 11: "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 10:30 a.m., at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Avenue. Repeat performance 4 p.m., Thursday, February 13, at the Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Boulevard. Call (626) 744-7268 for more information.
Thursday, February 13: "Struggle and Triumph: An Evening of Storytelling and Song with Yvette Brandy." Join storyteller Yvette Brandy as she explores the African-American experience from the promises of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution to the stories of men and women who used their talents and gifts to make them a reality for all, to the daily lives of African-Americans throughout history. To be held 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Avenue.
Saturday, February 15: "32nd 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 Avenue. After the parade, from noon to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the Black History Festival on Hammond Street and north side of Robinson Park. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, special displays, music and other free entertainment.
Friday, February 21: "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 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, February 22: "Dark Girls." Attend a special screening of the documentary "Dark Girls" (2012), which explores the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color outside of and within the Black American culture. A film discussion, moderated by Coming to the Table, will follow. The event is from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., at the La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Avenue.
"Matters of the Heart – Fitness Zone." Exercise and attend lectures 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Avenue.
Sunday, February 23: "Praise Dance & Song Jubilee." Enjoy music, dance and fellowship 3 p.m. at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Avenue.
Thursday, February, 27: "NOBLE Black History Breakfast." Join the Pasadena Police and Fire departments and the San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for their annual breakfast, 7:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., at the Pasadena Tabernacle of the Salvation Army, 960 E. Walnut Street.
Author and filmmaker Wilbert Smith, Ph.D. will present the documentary "Hole in the Head, A Life Revealed." In the film, Vertus Hardiman reveals to a friend that he fell victim to a medical experiment at age five, a tragic and horrific secret he concealed under a wig for 70 years. Witness the power of forgiveness and watch two friends set out to retrace what happened to Hardiman in 1927.
"Modern-day Scheherazade Pairs Stories and Paintings in 'Music at the Easel'." Join gifted storyteller Marilyn La Grone-Amaral as she pairs archetypal paintings with anecdotal stories and mood poems, 7 p.m., also on Thursday, February 27, at the Central Library/Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut Street. La Grone-Amaral is the daughter of the late Roy E. La Grone, a combat pilot with the Tuskegee Airmen, our nation's first division of black fighter pilots in WWII. La Grone was also a master painter who taught his daughter about form, color and movement, and how to hone her inner vision in order to see creative designs ranging far beyond the stretched canvas.
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