How to Celebrate Black History Month

From lectures to live events, here are five ways to honor and recognize Black History Month this February.
The California African American Museum

Visit a Museum

The California African American Museum features exhibits about the accomplishments and culturally rich history of African Americans—such as the legacy of Black debutante culture and the history of code switching. You can also see new, monthly “Every Month Is Black History Month” exhibits.

Attend a Virtual Event

Find Black History Month celebrations for this year listed on Eventbrite and Facebook. Hop onto a virtual Black History Month event on Zoom from the comfort of your home: Attend a lecture hosted by a university or organization or take in a unique perspective on African American history through the lens of Black professionals—and encourage family and friends to tag along.

Enjoy a Black History Month Parade

In 2020, Pasadena’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department and Black History Committee hosted a series of speakers in lieu of Pasadena’s 39th Annual Black History Month Parade and Festival in 2020, but this year’s 40th parade is planned to go on in person on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 10:00am, followed by a fun-filled family festival at the Robinson Park Recreation Center. This year’s theme is “For the Culture: Celebrating Our Excellence.” The parade is the longest-running Black History Month Parade in California.

Participate in a Reading Challenge

Indulge in the acclaimed poems of Langston Hughes. Dive deeper into Black culture through the lens of James Baldwin in books like Notes of a Native Son and Giovanni’s Room. Head to the Pasadena Public Library to explore a plethora of Black authors. Make an anti-racist reading list and share it with friends.

Support Black-Owned Businesses

Perry’s Joint

There are dozens of Black-owned businesses to support in Pasadena. A few of our favorites: The Smile Agency Orthodontics and Smile Design; Head Trip Salon; Perry’s Joint; The Gourmet Cobbler Factory; and Little Red Hen (626.791.1614).


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