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