The United State's first African-American President, Barack Obama, was sworn in on January 20, 2009.
Harlem Of The West Tour
Every Saturday in February at 11:00 am
Begins and ends at 740 Market Street. The cost is $5.00, Call (619) 232-1480, www.blackhistoricalsociety.com.
This 45-minute walking tour covers where Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and other legendary jazz and blues stars played in San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
UCSD's Black History Month Kick-off
February 2, 2009 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at Price Center Plaza
Annual February Black History Month opener featuring speakers and performances. The event is free and is sponsored by UCSD's Black Student Union
Bob Marley Reggae Film Festival
February 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm
Celebrate Bob Marley's birthday by watching films, including "One Love," "Africa Unite" and "Legend."
WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd. Free. (619) 230-1190, www.worldbeatcenter.org
Black History Month Lecture: Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn Black
February 7, 2009 at Noon
Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn will deliver an Afrikan world history lecture in conjunction with Black History Month.
WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. Free. (619) 230-1190, www.worldbeatcenter.org
Black Arts Wine & Cheese Festival
February 6 - 28, 2009 at various times
The St. Clair Gallery East County Business Center and The Urban Network will be hosting a wine and cheese festival.
The festival will recognize significant artistic contributions to society made by African Americans.
East County Business Center, 270 East Douglas Ave. Event is free. (619) 723-0930.
International Jazz Concert Charles McPherson will be performing along with his quartet.
February 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm
The Loft at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Call (858) 822-5758
7th Annual Black History Month Celebration & Scholarship Brunch feat. Farai Chideya
February 28, 2009 from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at UC San Diego Faculty Club
UC San Diego Celebrates the Journey and Stories of African-Americans. Along with the tasty soul food brunch, the morning features a keynote by Farai Chideya and a reunion of the original UCSD Gospel Choir with Cecil Lytle, Sells out every year! Tickets can be purchased at the UC San Diego Box Office.
Black History Month Festival
February 28, 2009 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm in Julian Town Hall
The event will take place in Julian Town Hall and will feature live music, history, buttermilk pancake breakfast and a southern lunch. Two black history tours will be conducted at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm leaving from the Julian Black Historical Society.
Info: Julian Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 1866, 2129 Main Street - Julian, CA 92036
(760) 765-1857 www.julianca.com/events/index.htm
17th Annual Heritage Day Festival & Parade
February 28, 2009 at Market Creek Plaza
Info: Nu-Way Operation BHILD
(619) 262-0334 www.heritagedayparade.org
Parade: 9:00 am - 12:30 pm Festival: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Heritage Day Festival and Parade is a grassroots community affair with many free activities for the entire family to enjoy. You'll find everything from children's activities, educational resources and entertainment from groups of all cultural backgrounds. The event offers a Vendor Mall with crafts, food and music, a Kid's Town with fun activities, a Health Zone, and more.
Festival: Guest celebrities, vendor booths, live entertainment, speakers, health zone, kids zone, and career zone. Festival Location: Market Creek Plaza, near the corner of Market St. & Euclid Ave (286 Euclid Ave.)
Parade: The parade offers a view of celebrity guests, floats, marching bands, marching groups, and colorful costumes. Start location: The corner of Imperial & Willie James Jones Ave (see map on website).
Heritage Day Festival & Parade
February 28, 2009 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The parade starts at the corner of Imperial and Willie James Jones Avenues.
John F. Kennedy Park, 4801 Ocean View Blvd. (619) 262-0334, www.heritagedayparade.org
Life Experienced: A display of art by Lisa Ann Bella-Bryson at Cross-Cultural Center ArtSpace
9:00 am - 9:00 pm Mon - Thu, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Fri
This free exhibit brings together traditional mediums of art as well as everyday items to create strong mixed media art. The work brings us through the experiences of life, social issues, race and heritage. By invoking a sense of history, the viewer is allowed to reflect on today’s cultural diversity. The images are reflective of a variety of cultures, with a strong emphasis on African and African-American heritage.
Located at the UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center
Black La Jolla: Retracing the History of a Forgotten Community
at UC San Diego Arts Library, west wing
Between 1920-1945, the black community in La Jolla grew to five hundred residents. “Black La Jolla” presents an historical showcase, highlighting people and events that defined this unique community. African and African-American Studies Research Project, UC San Diego Arts Library
Hidden Faces of La Jollans: Portraits of Black San Diegans
This exhibit features the photography of Molly Low, who set out to visually document what remained of the black and Latino community of La Jolla from 1988 to 1990. Geisel Library at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Event is free. Call (858) 822-5758