Celebrate black history month in Orange County at these events, which provide opportunities for the entire family to laud African-American cultural contributions. From music to food, games, stories and poems, these events highlight some of the most beautiful aspects of diversity. Be sure to check out these fun outings during the month of February.
33rd Annual Black History Parade And Cultural Fair
Center St. Promenade
Anaheim, CA 92805
Hours: Feb. 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate black history and culture at the Black History Month Parade and Cultural Fair this year. Enjoy an array of food, art, music and crafts at this large cultural event composed of celebrity entertainers. 2012 celebrity guests including ChyAnne, 513 Elevators and Kiki Shepard. This year, be on the lookout for some of your favorite stars.
Ina Buckner-Barnette, The Sunshine Storyteller
Laguna Niguel Public Library
30341 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Hours: Feb. 19, 7 p.m.
Learn more about African and African-American history through stories, folktales, poetry, and music at the Laguna Niguel Public Library. Hosted by the talented Emmy Award-winner, Ina Buckner-Barnette, also known as The Sunshine Storyteller, you and your family will get the opportunity to take part in fun cultural activities that are sure to not only increase your knowledge of African and African-American culture, but also make you smile. Her trademark is communicating "positive, character-building stories with an interactive twist," which is exemplified in some of her video clips posted on her website. Don't miss this fun, educational outing for all ages.
African-American Cultural Program
La Habra Public Library
221 E. La Habra Blvd.
La Habra, CA 90631
Hours: Feb. 24, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Celebrate African-American cultural contributions at this fun, family-friendly event. Several local artists will be sharing their talents and teaching more about African-American culture through a variety of communication mediums. Don't miss out on the multitude of jazz, blues and dance performances, as well as food and interactive activities offered at this free celebration. The African-American Cultural Program in La Habra is sure to be a fun outing for the entire family.
California Conference For Equality And Justice's 22nd Annual Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast
Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center
33 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Honor diversity in Southern California at the California Conference for Equality and Justice's 22nd Annual Interfaith Intercultural Breakfast. In addition to gaining the opportunity to network with several individuals, the event will feature the highly regarded keynote speaker, Azim Khamisa. As an activist and author, Khamisa has been saluted by the Dalai Lama, Bill Clinton and Al Gore for his positive messages that encourage peace, forgiveness and hope. There are limited seats available, so be sure to get your tickets soon.
People Under The Stairs
Constellation Room at the Observatory
3503 S. Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Hours: Feb. 7, 8 p.m.
Hip-hop music was introduced to the world by African-Americans and has become a mainstream musical genre all over the world. Celebrate black history month this year at one of the hottest hip-hop shows in Orange County featuring People Under the Stairs. The talented duo will be playing their soulful lyrics, tight rhymes and beats Feb. 7 in Santa Ana.
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