We’re collecting a list of Black History Month events here in Los Angeles. If you have one, please leave a note in the comments and we’ll add it to the list.

California African American Museum

From exploring identity with Lezley Saar’s Salon Des Refuses (image above) to the Chinese Cuban diaspora in Circles and Circuits I, CAAM has all kinds of events that look really fascinating and fun. The museum has a workshop planned for Feb. 25th to learn Symbols in Copper taught by artist Albert Chong, inspired by his piece Throne for the Gorilla Spirits. 

600 State Dr.
Exposition Park
213-744-7432
Online: caamuseum.org

The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power

The Future is Black: Reclaiming Our Power is a free celebration in honor of Black History Month on Feb. 17th hosted by the Los Angeles LGBT Center. This celebration will include workshops, award presentations, local artists, live performances, lunch, a resource fair, and an assembly to honor Black history, culture, and the power of our future.

All are welcome to join us for a day of healing, education, and empowerment.

More info and tickets here.

 

ANSWER L.A.

This Black History Month, join the ANSWER Coalition and allied organizations for a four-part series of teach-ins and workshops highlighting revolutionary elements of Black history. While there has been much progress made in the fight against racism in the U.S., there is still much ground to be covered before the total liberation of Black people is achieved. The length of the road ahead has been underscored by the Trump administration and the white supremacist sectors of society that it has emboldened. When the movement slows in pace, the role of progressives and revolutionaries is to study the concrete lessons from the struggles of the past and build on them for the sake of tomorrow. Many of the lessons from our radical predecessors uncover a path to a new and sustainable people’s system free of racism, bigotry, exploitation, imperialism and environmental plunder. Here are the four events that comprise the series and their locations:

Friday, Feb. 9th | starting at 7 pm
Prison Letter Writing Session and Teach-in about Mass Incarceration
ANSWER Office | 2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Sunday, Feb. 18th | from 2 pm-4 pm
Workshop on African Liberation Struggles
831 Venice Blvd Suite 102, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Friday, Feb. 23rd | starting at 7 pm
Public Forum on Black Radicals
ANSWER Office | 2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90005

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/139817436690897/

African American Firefighter Museum

Have you heard of The African-American Firefighter Museum? It’s not the most well-known museum in LA, but this celebration of pioneering African-American firefighters opened in 1997 and is a unique and cool place to visit.

AAFM is housed in the historic Fire Station 30 in South LA and boasts vintage firefighting gear, photos, and docents who are Fire Department veterans. It’s open Tues. and Thurs. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sun. from 1-4 p.m.

1401 South Central Ave.
South Central L.A.
213-744-1730
Link: aaffmuseum.org

Aquarium of the Pacific African-American Festival

The 15h annual Aquarium of the Pacific’s African-American Festival will take place on Feb. 24 and 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Expect live performances, food, and special exhibits and entertainment for the entire family. Adults are $29.95, kids 3-11 are $17.95.

Link: aquariumofpacific.org