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BLACK HISTORY MONTH CALENDAR: College library features art exhibit

CARSON — The University Library at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St., will host an exhibit featuring selected works from artist and illustrator Varnette P. Honeywood, beginning Feb. 25 through the end of May.

Honeywood’s work, known for its upbeat depiction of black family life, was featured in “The Cosby Show,” “A Different World” and “Beauty Shop.”

Information: (310) 243-2127. 

Transit agency

hosts art tour

LOS ANGELES — Metro is celebrating Black History Month with a free tour featuring African-American artists along the Expo Line starting at 10 a.m. Feb. 28.

The tour will begin at the La Cienega-Jefferson Station and end at the Expo Park-USC station around noon. Attendees can further explore art at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park.

Information: or call (213) 922-2738. 

City sponsors

black festival

GARDENA —City Councilwoman Rachel C. Johnson will host the city’s annual Black History Festival — Afternoon in the Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 28 at Paul A. Rowley Memorial Park, 13220 S. Van Ness Ave.

The event will feature craft and retail vendors, food trucks, a kiddie-area and a first-ever gospel choir showcase.

Information: (310) 217-9537.

Youth essay contest

reflects King’s message

TORRANCE — Multiple organizations will co-host the youth essay contest, “If I were Dr. King … These Would be My Words to the Nation” 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Holiday Inn Torrance Gateway Hotel, 19800 S. Vermont Ave.

The seven winners will receive a certificate, lunch and a tour of Los Angeles City Hall.

Information: email

Meeting planned

on race, resistance

LOS ANGELES — The Freedom Social Party will host a Black History Month community meeting on race and resistance 7 p.m. on Feb. 26 at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Educator Sikivu Hutchinson and anti-police abuse activist Duciana Thomas will discuss police violence, poverty, jobs, gentrification and schools.

Information: (323) 732-6416.

Singer recounts

challenging past

BALDWIN HILLS — African singer Musa Ngqungwana will have a signing for his book “Odyssey of an African Singer from Zwide Township to the World Stage” at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Baldwin Hills Library, 2906 S. La Brea Ave.

Ngqungwana will share his story of growing up in South Africa during apartheid where he lived in poverty, but eventually found his way performing opera worldwide and earning academic degrees.

Information: (323) 733-1196.

Business association

to honor contributors

LOS ANGELES — The Black Business Association will host its 45th annual Awards Dinner Feb. 28 in honor of African American Heritage Month.

This year’s honorees include the Rev. James M. Lawson (Lifetime Achievement Award), Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas (Chairman’s Award) and George McKenna (President’s Award).

Information: email

Concert celebrates

black heritage

LOS ANGELES — The First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME), 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., will host a concert “Our Heritage in Sacred Music” at 4 p.m. Feb. 28.

Three-time, Grammy award winner Dorinda Clark-Cole will join FAME’s choirs to perform hymns, negro spirituals and gospel as the concert celebrates the musical heritage of African Americans.

Information: (323) 735-1251.

Compiled by Shawnte Passmore