9 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in the LA Area
As this year’s Black History Month gets started, there is no shortage of ways for Angelenos to learn and think about Black history and accomplishment this February (and beyond). Whatever your comfort level, there are virtual, outdoor and socially distanced options for everyone to celebrate the most vibrant month of the year. Here’s a roundup of the best Black History month activities LA has to offer.
1. Get Active for a Unity 5K
The Last Black Girl, a Los Angeles based non-profit serving Black women and girls, is hosting a 5K at Dockweiler State Beach. The theme of this run is Umoja, the first principle of unity in Kwanzaa, commemorating the past, present and future of the Black community.
Sunday, February 20, 9 to 10:30 am; nationalblackguide.com/black-events/black-history-month-umoja-5k.html
2. Get Cozy at the Drive-In
For a safe and socially distant celebration, head over to Pasadena for a free, family-friendly drive-in movie at Brookside Park to celebrate Black History Month. The fun begins with live music, and free, individually wrapped snacks will be available to the first 100 cars in attendance.
Saturday, February 26, 5 to 10 pm; cityofpasadena.net
3. View a Brand New Fine Art Exhibition
The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection includes over 10,000 articles of fine art and primary source historical objects that catalog the Black American experience and untold stories of triumph and achievement from the 16th century to present day. This exhibition is currently housed at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
Opens Wednesday, February 23; sofistadium.com/kinsey
4. Learn the True Story of a Historic Beach Hideaway
Bruce’s Beach was a beach resort and safe haven for Black families to enjoy the Southern California sun from 1912 to 1927, until the city of Manhattan Beach took control of the area. In recent years, the beach’s story has been resurrected, and the land has been returned to the descendants of the Bruce family. Celebrate this story by learning about Charles and Willa Bruce during this Black History Month event.
Thursday, February 10, 10:30 to 11:30 am; eventbrite.com/e/black-history-month-celebration-at-bruces-beach-tickets
5. Celebrate Community Health and Wellness
Pacific Oaks College in the beautiful Pasadena is holding its own Black History Month celebration on campus. This health and wellness fair will include storytelling, praise dancing and spoken word performances, all for free.
Saturday February 19, 11 am to 3 pm; eventbrite.com/e/pacific-oaks-college-black-history-month-celebration-tickets
6. Get Yourself Centered with Group Yoga and Meditation
The Beehive in South LA is hosting its Eat Move Meditate annual Black History Month celebration. This outdoor event—featuring yoga, meditation, vegan food and Afrobeats—welcomes all levels of practice. Just be sure to arrive early to find space for your mat!
Saturday, February 12, 11 am to 4 pm; eventbrite.com/e/eat-move-meditate-outdoor-yoga-meditation-afrobeats-dance-vegan-food-tickets
7. Visit a Pop-Up Artisan Marketplace
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, or FIDM, is hosting an outdoor marketplace on campus in Grand Hope Park. A wide range of Black-owned businesses are guaranteed to have a great selection of quality goods, including apparel, home goods and cosmetics.
Tuesday, February 22, 11 am to 2 pm; ventbrite.com/e/the-black-student-union-presents-fidm-artisan-market-tickets
8. Attend a Black Film Festival
For its annual Films Reflecting Ourselves (F.R.O Fest), USC will be screening films by Black writers, producers, directors and actors that are also alums at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. The theme of this year’s films, and for the university’s campus-wide celebration, is “Black Joy”.
Wednesday, February 23, 6 to 8 pm; calendar.usc.edu/event/films_reflecting_ourselves_fro_fest
9. Experience the Magic of Black Self-Care
The Black Hair Experience is an interactive selfie-museum that celebrates the beauty and magic of Black hair. This pop-up has locations across the country, and Los Angeles is its latest stop. Filled with art installations centered around nostalgic moments and experiences relating to Black hair and culture, the exhibition is all about “affirmations of self-love”.
Ongoing, hours vary daily; theblackhairexperience.com/losangeles
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