Black History Month

Black History Month is a time to reflect, recognize, and honor the invaluable contributions of African Americans who have strengthened our nation’s economic, political, cultural and social landscape. Their courage and determination in the pursuit of opportunity and following the promise of America continues to inspire our nation.

The theme for this year is “African-American in Times of War.”

African-Americans have fought for the United States throughout its history, defending and serving a country that in turn denied them their basic rights as citizens. Despite policies of racial segregation and discrimination, African-American soldiers played a significant role from the colonial period to the Korean War. It wasn't until the middle of the 20th century that African-American soldiers began to receive the recognition and equality they deserved.

World War II was a watershed for race relations within the Armed Forces, and it marked the beginning of the end for racial separation within military units. In 1948 with the demand for civil rights mounting, President Harry S. Truman ordered desegregation of the Armed Services and equality of treatment and opportunity without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.

Reform was slow, however, and it wasn't until 1953 that segregation officially ended when the secretary of defense announced that the last all-black unit had been abolished.

From the first man shot in the Revolutionary War to the men in combat on the frontlines, we owe an especially grateful thank you to African-American Veterans.

In that spirit, it is important that we also acknowledge the struggle for freedom, equal rights, and justice continues today. That is why, at a time of heightened civil rights and economic challenges, we must continue to follow the footsteps of those who made enduring sacrifices that shepherded this nation towards a brighter future, ready to recommit ourselves to make equal rights, equal opportunity and socioeconomic justice part of our lives every day of the year.

Here is a list of community events in the 41st Assembly District:


Matters of the Heart – State of Black Pasadena
Saturday, Feb. 10 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena

Black Film Showcase
Sunday, Feb. 11 | 2 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena

36th Annual Black History Parade and Festival
Saturday, Feb. 17 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Begins at Charles White Park – 77 Mountain View St, Altadena
Ends at Jackie Robinson Community Center – 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena,

NOBLE & Black Fire Fighters Association – Black History (Breakfast)
Friday, Feb. 23 | 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
180 North Fair Oaks Avenue
Pasadena

Chocolate Story Time
Friday, Feb. 23 | 4 p.m.
La Pintoresca Library
1355 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena

Celebrating Women: Afternoon Tea
Sunday, March 11 | 3 p.m.
Jackie Robinson Community Center
1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena

Generational Wealth Building
Saturday, Feb. 10 | 2 – 4 p.m.
Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave.
Monrovia
RSVP by Feb. 7 to 1mdbdaa@gmail.com

Art Festival
Saturday, Feb. 17 | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Wild Rose Elementary School
232 Jasmine Ave.
Monrovia

Annual Black History Luncheon
Saturday, Feb. 24 | 1 – 4:30 p.m.
Monrovia Community Center
119 W. Palm Ave.
Monrovia
Tickets $20