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Black History Month was begun as Negro History Week by historian Carter G. Woodson in 1926. His goal was to educate the American people about African-American history, focusing on African Americans’ cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements. Since 1976 it has been celebrated in the month of February. Los Angeles has observances and celebrations around town.

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California’s African American Museum kicked off Black History Month with a celebration highlighted the importance of education in history and for future generations. Throughout the month – and all year long – the museum preserve and exhibits the history, art and culture of African Americans.
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Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:00am

In support of our Veterans, especially, the Tuskeege Airmen. Riverside’s Black History parade for 2012 will be Themed: “Proof of Valor”. We can stand in support of the men and women of this Country for protecting our Freedom. You can sign up for this event online.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

NAACP Riverside will host its 62nd Annual Freedom Fund Awards Gala on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverside Convention Center in downtown Riverside. This year’s theme is “Affirming America’s Promise” and the distinguished keynote speaker is NAACP State President Alice A. Huffman.
Individual dinner tickets are $75.00.
Table of ten is $750.00

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The AC Bilbrew Library will hold events throughout the month. A free exhibit from The African American Miniature Museum will be open from Wednesday, February 15 through Saturday February 18, 2012 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM. On Sat, February 25 at 2:00 PM, writer Erin Aubry Kaplan will present her book: “Black Talk, Blue Thoughts, and Walking the Color Line: Dispatches from a Black Journalista.” Erin has covered black issues as a journalist for twenty years, and was the first black weekly op-ed columnist in the history of the LA Times.
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Wednesday, February 22, 4:00 PM

Chazz “Matazz” will lead a jungle drum circle using 20 djembe drums to celebrate Black History Month. Chazz is an accomplished performer and percussionist who regularly performs around Los Angeles and also leads therapeutic musical sessions.

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The museum presents cultural artifacts from throughout the African world, black memorabilia, Blacks in advertising, Negro League baseball history, autographs, a reference library, thousands of artifacts and relics dating from before Christ, to rare and one-of-a-kind photographs dating from the beginning of America to yesterday’s news.
Oran Z has just added a new exhibit: The Return To Blackness, in concert with Valley of the Kings’ Prentice Luster. This is an awesome display of some of the wonders of ancient Egypt.

Adrienne Van Houten is a Glendale area blogger. She can be found blogging at Adrienne’s House, hanging out, come on over and put your feet up.

Comments (2)
  1. Livia Squires says:

    Hello KCBS/KCAL, There is also The History of Black Dance in America being performed at the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, Feb 23-25.

  2. Frank Palacio ( says:

    I wrote this poem for Black history month as I reflected on some of the achievements and struggles of our African American people. This poem is copyrighted and may not be used, reprinted, or distributed without permission of the owner.

    Young Man Don’t let Your Pants Sag!
    By Frank Palacio, author, poet

    Young man, have pride, look at yourself
    Dress for success, they used to tell us. Be neat
    Dress smart, shine your shoes, tuck in your shirt
    And comb your hair. You are black, white or brown
    Represent your family, community and your race
    Don’t sag.

    Young man, study hard, be smart, set goals,
    Work hard, you are black, that counts against you
    Behave yourself, help your community,
    And do well in school
    Make your family proud. Don’t Sag.

    Young man, know your roots
    You come from kings and queens
    There is greatness in your
    Blood and in your genes
    You have so much to offer
    Your race depends on you now, more than ever
    Don’t let us down. You don’t have time to sag.

    Young man, your brothers are falling around you
    They want to be rich without doing any work
    They have forgotten about the ideals set by
    Frederick Douglas, Booker T, Dubois,
    Doctor King and Mohammed Ali.
    They are hooked on TV, MTV and BET.
    They are hooked on Nike, Jordan’s and expensive things
    Detoxicate from your addiction to bling bling
    You can’t afford to sag.

    Page 2 (young man don’t Let your Pants Sag)

    Young man, you have things to do
    Finish the work of our matriarchs and patriarchs,
    Inventors and intellectuals
    Make Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune.
    And Rosa Parks proud
    Think of the sacrifices of Jackie Robinson,
    Paul Robeson and John Johnson of Ebony and Jet
    Don’t imitate the negative you see. Don’t sag.

    Young man, lift up your pants
    You can’t do their work if
    Your pants are falling off your butt and you are
    Walking bow-legged and bent down, ridiculously
    Lifting them up like a bum or a circus clown.
    Have pride in yourself and where you came from
    Be strong always and don’t sag.

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