Organizers and community members are packing each of the 28 calendar days with activities and discussions highlighting Black History Month, ranging from readings of renowned black authors to meeting the first African-American women to travel in space. Beginning this week, the Los Angeles Wave will feature a list of Black History Month events.
The city of Los Angeles will kick of its African American Heritage Month celebration with a worship service Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon, at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd.
Music will feature First AME Church Cathedral Choir and internationally renowned violinist Karen Briggs.
A salute to members of California’s congressional delegation will also be showcased.
Next, Mayor Eric Garcetti and Our Authors Study Club is honoring African Americans in categories ranging from entertainment to education Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. inside the City Hall Chambers, 200 N. Spring St.
NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabaar will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award with John Legend, Los Angeles school board member George McKenna and Judge Mablean Ephriam being among the honorees.
The city continues its celebration of African American Heritage Month with a panel discussion featuring L.A. County Chairs of Black Studies for “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.” Dr. Melina Abdullah and Dr. Maulana Karenga will join other chairs of Black studies from California State Universities in the greater Los Angeles area.
The event is scheduled for Feb. 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Public Works Chambers of city hall.
To RSVP for the events, call Commissioner Mike Davis, chair of African American
Heritage Month Celebration, at (213) 403-0148.
Other Black History Month events include:
Homage to Hughes
CULVER CITY — Two theatre companies will pay tribute to Harlem Renaissance’s legendary author Langston Hughes on Jan. 31, from 4 to 5 p.m., at the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum, 4130 Overland Ave.
Skylight Theatre Company and Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble have invited TV and film star Sharif Atkins to host a reading of “Thank You, M’am” and other selected works by Hughes.
For more information, visit www.skylighttheatrecompany.com.
at Forest Lawn
HOLLYWOOD HILLS — Forest Lawn Memorial Park is inviting Mae Jemison to share her life story, including her achievement of being the first African-American woman to travel in space, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., at the Hall of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive.
In addition to the presentation of “Dr. Mae Jemison: Find Where the Wind Goes,” Forest Lawn will also showcase a photo exhibit of black inventors.
kicks off festival
BALDWIN HILLS — The 23rd annual Pan African Film and Arts Festival is Feb. 5-16 at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, 4200 Marlton Ave.
Actor Hill Harper is the celebrity ambassador of the festival which will showcase more than 150 films and more than 100 fine artists and crafts from all over the world, beginning with “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” on opening night at 8 p.m.
For more information, visit www.paff.org.
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