This Week In Pasadena - Altadena Black History
April 13th - April 19th- April 14, 1913, Altadena's William Grant Still was born. Still is considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century, incorporating elements of jazz and blues into his classical compositions.
- April 13, 1958, Pasadena's Jackie Robinson became the first Black player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball in 1947, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- April 19, 1960, Pasadena held its first sit-in protest at a lunch counter in the city's downtown area. The local chapter of the NAACP organized the protest and was part of a more significant movement across the country to desegregate public spaces.
These are just a few examples of the rich Black history and notable events in Pasadena and Altadena. Many stories and individuals have significantly contributed to the area's culture and progress.