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Black History Month: How San Diego Celebrates

In 1976, the first Black History Month was introduced to celebrate and honor historical African American events and leaders in our country.

Black History Month is an opportune time to teach children about diversity, inclusion and African American history. Consider taking your family to some of the following places or events to commemorate African American historical figures, as well as the African American leaders of tomorrow.

Events to Attend:

  • Black History Month Speech Contest

    When: Thursday, February 22, 2018 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Where: Horton Elementary School Auditorium, 5050 Guymon Street
    Who: All contestants must be enrolled students attending a San Diego County school, grades second through 12th.
    Note: Deadline to register is February 9.
    The students will be doing the teaching at this event! The Association of African American Educators encourages African American pride by presenting this fun, yet educational annual speech contest for students. Contestants give a two-minute speech about an African American historical figure to a panel of judges and can win prizes.

  • The 16th Annual UC San Diego Black History Month Scholarship Brunch

    When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Where: Price Center Ballrooms A/B on UCSD campus
    Check the UCSD website for details in regards to ticket purchases.
    Network with fellow community members and help support eager students’ futures at an excellent university. On the last Saturday of February, join UC San Diego for its annual soul food-style brunch, which also will feature recognition of student scholars and a silent auction. All proceeds from the silent auction will go to undergraduate scholarships.

Places to Visit:

  • Malcolm X Library

    When: Hours vary depending on day
    Where: 5148 Market Street
    Visit this beautiful and beloved library this month, named after one of our country’s most renowned human rights activists. Extremely community-oriented, this library offers a wide range of workshops, classes, seminars and events for people of all ages. It also has a wide range of books, magazines and videos for the public.

  • African Museum Casa del Rey Moro

    When: 10:30 to 7 p.m. daily except Wednesdays
    Where: 2471 Congress Street
    Learn about African history and culture throughout the world by touring this spectacular museum, located in Old Town. Three main exhibit areas consist of educational information, timelines, graphics and artifacts of Africans living in Africa, the Americas and the United States. Celebrate Black History Month by learning something new!

  • Legacy In Black Exhibit at the San Diego History Center

    When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; exhibit runs until April 15
    Where: Casa De Balboa in Balboa Park
    Feast your eyes on the craftsmanship of some of San Diego’s most celebrated artists. The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) partnered with the San Diego History Center to exhibit the works of seven local and influential African American artists.

Teach your children about the importance of diversity and the Civil Rights Movement in order to build a safer, stronger future for all people. For more events happening in San Diego, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles.

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