California State University, Northridge's annual Black History Month celebration, which commemorates and celebrates the accomplishments and triumphs of the African diaspora through a host of cultural and educational events throughout February.
- On Monday, February 18, in the Thousand Oaks Room from noon to 2 p.m., Maulana Karenga, prominent professor of black studies at California State University, Long Beach and the creator of the cultural holiday Kwanzaa, will give the President's Day lecture.
- On Friday, February 22 from noon to 2 p.m. – Paul Von Blum, "The Civil Rights Movement: Personal Reflections from a Participant.
For more information on BHM events visit http://csuntoday.csun.edu/media-releases/csun-celebrates-black-history-month-2013/.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Join the Pasadena Public Library and City of Hope for an evening with David "Sonny" Lacks on Thursday, February 28, 7 p.m., at Central Library's Donald R. Wright Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. Lacks is 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 throughout the world. Lacks puts a personal face on the story told in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. He will discuss issues of race, ethics and the commercialization of human tissue, Henrietta's unparalleled contribution to science and the impact this book has had on the Lacks family.
"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. 16 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.
31st Annual Black History Parade and Festival
February 16, 2013, at 10:00 a.m., at Charles White Park in Altadena, the 31st Annual Black History Parade heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Avenue. 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.