2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH PARADE, SPECIAL EVENTS ANNOUNCED
PASADENA, Calif.—Celebrate Black History Month 2017 by
attending the parade and other special events, lectures and activities in
Pasadena now through Sunday, March 19, 2017.
Pasadena’s Black History Month Parade is one of the largest and oldest
in the U.S. and will be held from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m., Saturday, February
18. Another special highlight this year
is the Community Groundbreaking Celebration for the Robinson Park Recreation
Center project at 1 p.m. The schedule of
events is listed below and online at www.cityofpasadena.net/PasadenaBlackHistory
and www.cityofpasadena.net/Library. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
“Red, Black & Green Honors Dinner” Black History Parade & Festival Planning
Committee honors parade grand marshals and presents community service awards,
7-9 p.m., Noor, Paseo Colorado, 300 E Colorado Blvd #200, Call (626) 744-7300, to purchase tickets, $65
Pasadena African-American Genealogy Group helps you search
out your heritage and recover the past, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Lamanda Park Branch
Library, 140 S. Altadena Dr.
“42: The True Story Of An American Legend” special film
screening of the dramatic and moving story of Jackie Robinson’s courageous
fight to desegregate major league baseball, 3:30 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch
Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
Friday, Feb. 10
Young people 5 and up celebrate Black History Month with all-day
crayon-coloring event featuring the portraits of prominent African-Americans, 10
a.m. – 6 p.m., Villa-Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
“Matters of the Heart: A Morning of Nutrition and Exercise”
Come together and embrace wellness, 9-11 a.m., all fitness levels welcome,
Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
“Only the Ball Was White” screening & discussion of 1981
film documenting legends of the Negro Leagues who were denied opportunity to
play in the Majors, including Satchel Paige, Buck Leonard, Jimmy Crutchfield
and many others. Ken Solarz, filmmaker, writer
and producer is featured speaker. Presented by the Baseball Reliquary, 2-4 p.m.,
La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
Sunday, Feb. 12
“Black Film Showcase: 13th” by filmmaker Ava DuVernay
explores racial inequality in the U.S., focusing on nation's prisons
disproportionately filled with African-Americans, 2 p.m., Jackie Robinson
Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
The 35th Annual Black History Month Parade 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. The regular, post-parade festival is being
scheduled for the annual Juneteenth Celebration this year due to the onset of
work for the Robinson Park Recreation Center project. Parade will be recorded and broadcast in its
entirety by Pasadena Media, www.pasadenamedia.org
on KPAS, the City’s government cable access TV channel and streamlined online.
The Robinson Park Recreation Center Community Groundbreaking
Celebration, 1 p.m. 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 existing structure will be demolished and
completely reconstructed to better serve the recreational needs of the
Monday, Feb. 20
Black History Month celebration and luncheon, 11:30 a.m. –
2:30 p.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., including 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 are $7, available at the Welcome Desk. For more information call Dr.
Malika D. Henry, (626) 840-4493, or firstname.lastname@example.org,
Pasadena Senior Center, www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org.
Jungle-Drum Circle with Chazz Ross, a whimsical safari for
young people with 26 African djembe drums, 1 p.m., La Pintoresca Branch Library,
1355 N. Raymond Ave.
The 20th annual Black History Breakfast sponsored
by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), San
Gabriel Valley Chapter, along with the Pasadena Police and Fire departments,
7:30-10 a.m., Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Call (626) 744-4551 or 744-7656 or email@example.com
Friday, Feb. 24
“Senior Night Out” Enjoy good food, conversation and upbeat
fun at the Pasadena City College Community Education Center, 3035 E. Foothill
Blvd., 7-10 p.m.
A delightful afternoon of storytelling and village building,
featuring stories authored by and/or about African-Americans, followed by a
chocolate treat, led by Dr. Ayesha Randall for ages 3+, 4 p.m., La Pintoresca
Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
“Celebrating Women: Afternoon Tea” Celebrate women’s
contributions to Black History over special tea service, 3 p.m., Jackie
Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
“Praise Dance & Song Jubilee” Enjoy music, dance and
fellowship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave., 3 p.m.
Throughout the month of February, the Pasadena Public
will have several special displays at several locations for Black History, Feb.
- 38th Annual Pasadena Martin
Luther King Community Coalition’s Art Contest Winners featuring the
artwork of students grades 4 through 12, at the Central Library/Centennial
Room & Business Wing, 285 E. Walnut St.
- 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
- A Game of Color, an exhibit of
photographs, artifacts and artwork spotlighting the Negro Leagues, which
thrived from the 1920s through baseball’s integration in 1947, and which
featured the greatest African-American ballplayers of that era. Presented
by the Baseball Reliquary and the Institute for Baseball Studies at
Whittier College, La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave.
- Book display of prominent African-Americans,
Villa-Parke Branch Library, 363 E. Villa St.
are organized by the City’s Human Services & Recreation, Police, Fire and
Library departments; NOBLE; the volunteer Black History Parade Committee and
the Pasadena Senior Center. Stay
connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit
us online at www.cityofpasadena.net;
follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov,
and Instagram @PasadenaGov, www.instagram.com/pasadenagov;
like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena;
and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/pasadenagov. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.
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