PASADENA'S BLACK HISTORY MONTH PARADE IS SATURDAY, FEB. 16
PASADENA, Calif.—The public is reminded that they can help celebrate Black History Month in Pasadena by participating in any or all of the numerous special events, including the festive Black History Month Parade and Festival on Saturday, Feb. 16, and any of the other great activities planned throughout the rest of February. All events are free unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, Feb. 16
“31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival”
Begins at 10:00 a.m. at Charles White Park in Altadena, heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. After the parade, from noon to 4:00 p.m., enjoy the Black History Festival at Robinson Park. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, special displays, music and other entertainment. If you cannot attend the parade in person, KPAS, the City's government cable access television station will be there to record the event for later broadcast on Channel 3 for Charter cable subscribers, and Channel 99 on the AT&T U-verse system. When aired, the parade program also will be streamed on the KPAS website, http://pasadenamedia.webs.com/. Check the website for broadcast scheduling, or call KPAS at (626) 794-8585 to purchase a DVD of the 2013 parade.
Saturday, Feb. 16
“Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North”
Join a special screening of the documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North” (2008), the story of the largest slave-trading family in U.S. History on beginning at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. at La Pintoresca Branch Library, 1355 N. Raymond Ave. The film was created by filmmaker Katrina Browne who discovered that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. For more information, contact Diane Walker at (626) 744-7268 or email@example.com. Thursday, Feb. 21
“Where We Are, Where We’ve Been: Stories from Africa and African-Americans”
Join storyteller Michael McCarty for one of two events as he reveals the struggles, joys, triumphs and beauty of African and African-American history and culture. The first event begins at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in Central Library’s Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. and he gives a repeat performance at 4:00 p.m., at Hastings Branch Library, 3325 E. Orange Grove Blvd. For more information, contact Pat Smith at (626) 744-4045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, Feb. 22
“Senior Night Out”
Join the high-energy fun, good food and conversation at the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., for this special Senior Night Out, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 24
“Praise Dance Jubilee”
Enjoy the music, the dance and the fellowship at the Metropolitan Baptist Church, 2283 N. Fair Oaks Ave., beginning at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 24.
Thursday, Feb. 28
“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: An Evening with David ‘Sonny’ Lacks”
Join the Pasadena Public Library and the City of Hope for an evening with David “Sonny” Lacks, the son of Henrietta Lacks, whose cells were taken without her knowledge and became the first immortal cell line called the HeLa or “Hela Cell” used for scientific breakthroughs around the world. Lacks will put a personal face on the story about his mother as told in the book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. Event begins at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Central Library’s Donald Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. If you have a question that you would like to pose to Mr. Lacks, email it to email@example.com by Feb. 11
For more information about Pasadena, go to www.cityofpasadena.net
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 29, 2013, #010-13; Updated Feb. 15, 2013
NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: Catherine Haskett Hany, Pasadena Public Library, (626) 744-4207, firstname.lastname@example.org, Lisa Fowler, Human Services and Recreation, (626) 744-4732, email@example.com, or William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org