Inland Empire Black History Month Guide
“And so even though we face difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans, as well as, a time to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. Come celebrate this time of year at one of the local Black History Month celebrations happening in your community.
FONTANA BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2/2, Black History Month Celebration- All Ages at Fontana Lewis Library, from 3-7 p.m. Enjoy the vibrant and energetic world of live jazz music and live art painting exhibits.
HEMET BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2/19, Black History Month Concert: Wine, Art and Music at Diamond Valley Arts Council, in Hemet, from 7-10 p.m. See website for details.
HESPERIA BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2/7, Black History Month Celebration at Hesperia Branch Library, startig at 3 p.m. See website for details.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2/3, Black History Month Cultural Arts Night at Biane Library at Victoria Gardens, in Rancho Cucamonga, from 7-9 p.m. Storyteller, poetry reading, kids musical program, craft, activities and more. See website for details.
RIVERSIDE BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
2/4, Black History Month 2017 Kick Off Reception hosted by The Adrian Dell & Carmen Roberts Foundation at Central Middle School, in Riverside, starting at 6 p.m. Riverside History, music, creative students, prizes and more. RSVP by Feb.1, 2017. See website for details.
2/11, Riverside Black History Parade in Downtown Riverside, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Parade route starts at Riverside City College at the corner of Terracina and Magnolia Ave, ending at Riverside County Court House. See website for details.
2/16, Presentation: Black History Month and the Arts at Bre Dance Studio, in Riverside, from 6-7:30 p.m. Award-winning ink and painter, Belle Mann, for The Simpsons and popular shows from Disney and others. Mann will discuss her and colleague Floyd Norman’s careers in the animation field. Norman was the first black animator for Disney, and is the subject and author of the recently published book and documentary, An Animated Life.
2/25, History Bowl 2017 at UCR, from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. See website for details.
SAN BERNARDINO BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2/4, 2nd Annual BCCIE Black History Super Expo at San Bernardino Court Street Square, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See website for details.
MORENO VALLEY BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENT
2/25, A Celebration of Black History Month/ Vanguard Art Expo & Music Fest at Vanguard Art Gallery, in Moreno Valley, from 1-8 p.m. Free admission.
ONTARIO BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
2/6, Black Heroes Story Time at Ontario Ovitt Family Community Library, from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month with a special story time featuring stories of African American heroes and acts of outstanding courage. Free admission.
2/10, Jeopardy! Black History Month Edition- Colony at Ontario Colony High Branch Library, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free for ages 13-18. See website for details.
2/13, African Drumming Presented by CHAZZ at Ontario Ovitt Family Community Library, from 7-8 p.m. Celebrate Black History Month with performance celebrating African rhythms. Free admission.
TEMECULA BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS
2/16, Black History in Comics at Temecula Valley Museum, from 6-8 p.m. In honor of Rotunda Exhibit, “Black History in Comics,” ephemera collector Greg McWhorter will trace the African-American experience as it relates to the rise of heroes through comic art from 1800s-today.
2/24, Black History Month Celebration at Temecula Valley Museum, starting at 9 p.m. The Merc will host a entertaining celebration focused on the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cost is $12 per person. See website for details.
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