The work to create a diverse and inclusive community is ongoing. It doesn't happen in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. It's forever-work that we're committed to while we continue to learn and listen. February is Black History Month and we're taking time to recognize and celebrate the history, accomplishments, and contributions made by Black Americans. We'll be sharing facts, events, and amplifying the Black community. Black history is something that should be celebrated all the time, so we hope that you can take what we share this month further by exploring more ways to highlight Black history and culture.
We invite you to discover something new and connect with local communities through one of the following virtual events!
Who I Am
A celebration of African American Heritage. Featuring playwrights and artists from Theatre West. A virtual presentation is available on YouTube.
Coming February 2021
The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
Local families will highlight the diversity, identity, and history of Santa Monica’s Black community. There will also be a special dance performance and cooking segment!
Thursday, February 4th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
From the Continent to the Americas: Foodways, Culture and Traditions in the African American Family
This event will feature a panel of authors, chefs, and historians who will share their work and discuss the important role that food has played in Black family life throughout the diaspora.
Saturday, February 6th, 9 am - 11 am
Historical Insights into the Black Experience in Santa Ana and Greater Orange County
This presentation will shine a light on the experience of Black Americans in Orange County from the formation of the county and 1889 to the current day.
Sunday, February 7th, 11 am - 11:59 pm
The Bonds of Family and Legacy
This virtual experience has been curated with the backdrop of the 2021 Black history theme, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”
Thursday, February 11th, 6 pm - 7 pm
Virtual African American Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific’s 19-annual festival, featuring African and African-American music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays.
Saturday, February 27th, 10 am - 3:30 pm