Black History Month is a time for all of us to remember that our individual stories and familial, cultural, and ethnic histories are what have made our home—America—the complex (sometimes convoluted), creative, expressive, inspiring, and fascinating place it is today.
Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own. (Barbara Kingsolver)
Black History Month events for Feb. 3rd-9th:
Friday, Feb. 7th, 1 p.m. – Screening of The Butler, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey at the Pasadena Senior Center. No membership necessary. 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena 91103.
Saturday, Feb. 8th, 2 p.m. – Pasadena resident Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of the “Little Rock Nine,” will speak about Sept. 4, 1957, the day he and eight other black students registered to attend Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas. He will also address the issues of civil rights, social justice, and ethical decision-making. Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. 626.744.7260.
Sunday, Feb. 9th, 2-5 p.m. – “Black Film Showcase” Watch the biographical film The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), which stars the great baseball legend himself, 2-5 p.m., Feb. 9, at Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Pasadena Alumnae Chapter.