7 ways to celebrate Black History Month virtually

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By , 94.7 The WAVE

February is Black History Month and while in-person events have been scaled back amid the pandemic, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate remotely.

If you are looking for activities to honor the month of celebration from home, check out the list of virtual events below.

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The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity
This event takes place this Thursday Feb 4th from 10:30am-11:30am and will feature a discussion by local families highlighting the diversity, identity and history of Santa Monica’s Black community. There will also be special dance performances and small segments highlighting the cooking traditions of Black families.

For a full roster of events and activities in February 2021 to highlight the history, diversity and achievements of our local Black community and the Black community nationwide, click here: www.santamonica.gov/blog/blackhistorymonth2021

The 29th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair – Virtual
The virtual edition of the Annual African American Children’s Book Fair is happening this Saturday, February 6th 8am-1pm. Join a number of authors and illustrators for this special event. Hosted by the African American Children’s Book Project (AACBP), the book fair is one of the oldest and largest single-day events for children's books in the country.

Visit theafricanamericanchildrensbookproject.org for more details.

All Dolled Up: A 40 Year Celebration of the William Grant Still Arts Center’s Annual Black Doll Show
This exhibit features a retrospective that reflects forty years of Black Dolls presented at the WGSAC. It honors the diversity and uniqueness of the Black community, through an exhibition of historic, artistic, and commercial black dolls. This Sat Feb 6th is part 3 The Gala. This year’s exhibition will be virtual and displayed online. This exhibit presents a retrospective that will reflect forty years of Black Dolls and honors the diversity and uniqueness of the historic, artistic, and commercial black dolls. For more information visit culturela.org

The African American Experience
The American Mosaic online encompasses the myriad contributions of African Americans who have achieved cultural and historical prominence. This electronic resource includes nearly 1,000 biographies of such famous political and social figures as W.E.B. DuBois, Barack Obama, Frederick Douglass, and Mary McLeod Bethune as well as such fascinating contemporary figures as Amiri Baraka, Muhammad Ali, and Oprah Winfrey. Narratives collection includes speeches, court cases, quotations, roughly 1,500 photographs and more. For more information visit culturela.org

Not a Moment But a Movement
A series of three events pairing play readings with visual artists and musicians to create an interdisciplinary collaboration that celebrates Black voices. Presented in conjunction with Watts Village Theatre and The Fire This Time Festival, each event will feature a host who guides the audience through an audio-visual experience which leads to a virtually produced play reading and post-event discussion to create a uniquely comprehensive cultural. Digital Stage+ ($10 or free for members). For more info and to purchase tickets visit centertheatregroup.org

Celebrate African American History Month – LAPL Online
The Los Angeles Public Library system has a large number of resources available online to commemorate and celebrate African American History Month. You’ll find books (both fiction and nonfiction), photos, podcasts, and more. Also, be sure to check the website for more information on daily events happening at different branches. Current online exhibits at the Los Angeles Public Library include Dodger legend Jackie Robinson, African American History Makers and much more. Visit lapl.org

“Who I Am”- Theatre West
"Who Am I" is a celebration of African American heritage, a play that includes personal short stories from African American artists. Lessons learned from their grandparents and older relatives about growing up African American. What Black History Month means to these artists? How the events of 2020 changed what it means to be African American in America. Presented on Theatre West’s website and also its YouTube channel.

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