Celebrate Black History 2017 in Pasadena by attending the parade and other special events, lectures and activities beginning Saturday, February 4, through Sunday, March 19, 2017. the City and volunteer Black History Parade & Festival Planning Committee present a full schedule of events in celebration of the achievements by black Americans in the recognition of African-Americans in U.S. History.
Pasadena is proud to host one of the largest Black History parades in America, set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on February 18 with a ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Robinson Park Recreation Center at 1 p.m.
All events are free unless otherwise noted.
February 1-28: “Black History Month Displays”
- 38th Annual Pasadena Martin Luther King Community Coalition’s Art Contest Winners featuring artwork of students grade 4 through 12. Central Library/Centennial Room, 285 E. Walnut Street.
- A historical view of African-American families as seen through African-American literature and the Civil Rights Movement. Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd.
- A Game of Color, an exhibit of photographs, artifacts, and artwork spotlighting the Negro Leagues, which thrived from he 1920s through baseball’s integration in 1947, and which featured the greatest African-American ballplayers of that era.
- Eight Ballplayers from the Negro Leagues, artist Tina Hoggatt‘s suite of linocut and letterpress portraits of African-American baseball icons.
- A display of books available to check out on the Negro Leagues. Present by the Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College. La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
- Book display featuring stories of prominent African-Americans. Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
February 10: “Celebrate Black History Month”
- Expand your knowledge of Black History. Join us for an all-day crayon-coloring event featuring the portraits of prominent African-Americans, and then check out books on their stories. For ages 5+. All materials provided, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Villa Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
February 11: “Only the Ball Was White Film Screening & Discussion”
- A screening of the 1981 film Only the Ball Was White, which documents a bygone and bittersweet era in baseball. The film features interviews with many players who were legends in the Negro Leagues, but were denied the opportunity to play in the Major Leagues, including Satchel Paige, Buck Leonard, Jimmy Crutchfield, and Quincy Trouppe. Presented by the Baseball Reliquary, 2-4 p.m. La Piñtoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
February 12: “Black Film Showcase: 13th”
- Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans. The film is named after the Constitutional Amendment that abolished slavery except as punishment for crime. 2 p.m. at the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.
- “35th Annual Black History Parade & 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 Ave. After the parade, the Black History Festival is held on Hammond Street on the north side of Robinson Park from noon to 4:30 p.m. Food available for purchase, activities for kids, displays, music, and other free fun.
- “Robinson Park Recreation Center Ground Breaking Ceremony”
Begins at 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Robinson Park Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Join local dignitaries and the Robinson family in breaking ground for a major rehabilitation project. The Center renovation project is being designed and constructed to better serve the recreational needs of the community.
- Black History Month celebration and luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Includes soul food and jazz music representing the pride, dignity, grace, and inspiration of African-American heritage. Sponsored by the Pasadena Senior Center Ebony Ladies of Distinction. Tickets: $7, available at the Welcome Desk. For more information, call Dr. Malika Henry at 1.626.840.4493 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. PasadenaSeniorCenter.org/special-events.
For more events after February 18, visit CityofPasadena.net/PasadenaBlackHistory.