Black History Month in Long Beach

There are many ways to celebrate and participate in Black History Month in Long Beach, from attending special events, engaging with historical and cultural resources, supporting locally-owned Black businesses, and more.

Museum of Latin American Art’s Afro-Latinx Festival

Aquarium of the Pacific’s African-American Festival

Music, dance, storytelling and historical displays are part of the tradition at the annual African-American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific. After being offered virtually last year, the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary live and in-person, on Saturday and Sunday, February 26-27. Performers include Dembrebah, performing West African dance, along with Baba the Storyteller telling stories in the West African tradition. Dance outfit, Homeland Crew, will be popping and locking and live music performances include group Per Se, Music in the Moment as well as DJ Seven Seize. Sunday will also feature the announcement of the 2022 African-American Scholar Program recipients. Attendance at the festival is free, with purchase of a general admission ticket to the Aquarium.

Courtesy of Baba the Storyteller

African American Resource Center

Long Beach Public Library Reading Lists & Events

Librarians at the Long Beach Public Library are sharing recommended reading lists for both books and digital resources, all examining the contributions and cultural significance of Black Americans both in and outside of the literary world. Additionally, the library’s branches are hosting entertaining and related children’s activities that include Black History Month Scavenger Hunts, a Black History Month Stories series as well as a daily African American Quilt Project.

Long Beach NAACP

Martin Luther King Jr. Park

The statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., arm outstretched, welcomes visitors with this quote: “We must use time creatively … and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” The nine acres of Martin Luther King, Jr. Park embody King’s words, offering a variety of ways to enjoy and consider the world he changed. Spread a blanket and read some of King’s writings, mindful that his work inspired numerous educational programs at the park, some taught by the late civil rights icons Indira Hale Tucker and Doris Topsy-Elvord, the latter having served as the park’s director before becoming Long Beach’s first Black female city councilmember. You can also spread a blanket for a picnic with family and friends, or spend time enjoying the park’s numerous features, including a playground and pool, baseball and soccer fields, all of it providing for time well spent.

Supporting Black-Owned Businesses