Black History Month 2023

Black History Month 2023

It’s Black History Month! Join us in celebration as we shine the spotlight on some of the amazing Black media that has come out in the past year. From movies, to music, to books to podcasts– let’s take this time to acknowledge the contributions to culture and entertainment made by the Black community.

Black Excellence is in abundance in the art world

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Black History Month 2022

Join us this month to celebrate the many amazing contributions to the entertainment industry made by Black filmmakers, writers, composers and performers. We’ve put together a few examples of what we have in our catalog along with some other great resources that we hope you will enjoy.

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Best known for his works with director Jordon Peele, such as: Get Out (2017) and Us (2019).

Notable works include: BlacKkKlansman (2018), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), Da 5 Bloods (2020).

Composed for films such as: Clemency (2019), Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019), Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir (2021), Women of the Movement (2022).

Known for his work on: Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021), Bridgerton (2020), When They See Us (2019), and Respect (2021).

An up and coming film composer known for her works on: Dreamland: The Rise and Fall of Black Wall Street and A Black Lady Sketch Show.

Brooklyn-born composer known for her works on: Mudbound (2017), The Assistant (2019) and Shirley (2020).

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Ongoing Tours & Activities

Big Objects, Big Stories

Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Thursday, February 17, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests.

Community + Conversation, Making A Way

Thursday, February 24, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm
This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests.

Movie Night

Here Are a Few Ways You Can Enjoy Movies by Black Filmmakers

Within Our Gates by Oscar Micheaux

Within Our Gates was produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux in 1919. He is considered to be the first African-American director of feature films and this is the first such film still in existence.
I found the plot difficult to follow, and he does not give full play to the “money” scenes at the conclusion but it is certainly of historic interest.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Distinctly referred to as “a redwood tree, with deep roots in American culture,” Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928-May 28, 2014) led a prolific life. As a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer, she inspired generations with lyrical modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. Best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Random House), she gave people the freedom to think about their history in a way they never had before.

With unprecedented access, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack trace Dr. Angelou’s incredible journey, shedding light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.


Black History Celebration Drive-In Movie in Pasadena


Black Com!x Day in San Diego

National Black Movie Day

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Juneteenth: Celebrating the Culinary Experience in Black Cinema

Juneteenth: Celebrating the Culinary Experience in Black Cinema

To coincide with Juneteenth, we’re hosting a virtual culinary session that will not only walk us through popular movies about the black experience, but it will teach us how to make some of the delicious food featured in these movies. Hosted by Culinary Historian & Author Deah Berry Mitchell, you’ll enjoy making Hibiscus Lemonade from the Oscar® nominated movie, The Color Purple, Brenda’s ribs from the Oscar® Nominated Boyz in the Hood and delicious salad inspired by the Oscar® winning movie, If Beale Street Could Talk.

Black History Month Art Showcase

Black History Month Art Showcase

What defines a hero? A hero could be a historical figure, social activist, or even a friend or family member who has had a positive impact. Celebrate Black History Month and African-American heroes through the visual arts and join us for a showcase of student work this Friday!