Ways to Celebrate Black History Month Amidst COVID

Since its creation in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson and its attention during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, Black History Month has been appreciated throughout the years by communities. Now, as the world is amidst a pandemic, communities have decided to take the celebration of the month to a different height while also avoiding the spread of COVID.

UCLA, Library Film and Television, has created a collection of films produced by African American UCLA students in the late 1960s. This archive will be hosted in a new cinema known as L.A Rebellion that shows the intellectual and culturally enriched work of black filmmakers. To view the project online, click Project One for more. For any orders of the short films or inquiries, please visit three-disc DVD.

On February 25, 2021, from 6 PM to 7 PM, Santa Monica will be hosting a free event, reservations required, Black Excellence Community Awards to acknowledge Black specialists. Celebrating Black Excellence Community Awards

The California African American Museum will be hosting a zoom discussion on February 9 from 5 to 6:30. Members include New York University Professor Daphne Brooks, visual artist Nikita Gale, and many others where they will be discussing “Black Diamond Queens,” also known as the history and role African American women played in rock and roll. The event is entirely free, but a ticket is required: RSVP.

Los Angeles will be hosting its annual Black History Month Festival, but this will be virtual, unlike the others before. Leimert Park Village at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center from 4 to 9 PM on February 21. The event will be live-streamed and can be found on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. For questions or information, visit lablackhistorymonthfestival.com.