Our LA Harbor Clubs host a variety of cultural education events to broaden our Club members’ knowledge of the history and diversity of their communities. According the Library of Congress, “National African American History Month (also known as Black History Month) in February celebrates the contributions that African Americans have made to American history in their struggles for freedom and equality and deepens our understanding of our Nation’s history.” We celebrated Black History Month all February with events for teens and younger youth.
Our San Pedro Club High School Center hosted a series of movie screenings about prominent stories in the African American community. The movies included 42: The Jackie Robinson Story and The Butler. High School Center Director Cara Askew also organized a “Taste of Soul” potluck where our teens shared dishes they prepared, including peach cobbler, macaroni and cheese and collared greens. Arts Academy Instructor Darren Iacono and fine arts students visited the California African American Museum to learn about different African American styles of painting and sculpture.
Fine Arts Director Sandra Avila and Elementary School Center Coordinator Joshua Johnson organized a presentation for our Wilmington Club youth about African American history and music. Students learned how the first African Americans lived as slaves before fighting for their freedom and about the prominent contributions they made to all aspects of society. Our youth also learned about the history of corn bread and each received a piece.
Our educators at all three Clubs incorporated Black History Month into their lesson plans to help our youth better understand that African American history is important to all American history.