This Week in Pasadena - Altadena Black History
April 27 and May 3April 27, 1914: The Pasadena branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded. It was one of the earliest branches of the organization in California and played a crucial role in the fight for civil rights in the area.
April 29, 1961: The Friendship Baptist Church is established in Pasadena. It became an essential institution in the black community, providing spiritual guidance, education, and social services.
April 30, 1945: The Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II, are honored at a parade in Pasadena. The city recognized their contributions to the war effort and their bravery in the face of discrimination.
May 1, 1950: The first black student, Donn B. Griffin, is admitted to Pasadena City College. Despite facing racism and discrimination, Griffin became a successful lawyer and civil rights activist.
May 2, 1964: The Civil Rights Act is signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The law was a significant victory for the civil rights movement and had a profound impact on Pasadena and Altadena.
May 3, 1972: The Pasadena Black Pages, a directory of black-owned businesses and services, is published for the first time. It was created to support the local black community and promote economic empowerment.