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Pasadena Black History Parade 2014

15 Feb

OnochiePlease join the Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty and Staff Association at the City of Pasadena’s 32nd Annual Black History Parade and Festival on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 10am to 4pm.  It is one of the biggest and longest-running Black history parades in California. Our black history parades highlight African history, African-American culture, and are the only ones where you’ll see low rider car clubs, Buffalo Soldiers, Tommy the Clown, black fraternities and sororities, and Masons marching in unity celebrating our culture and history.

This year, the parade will feature the Pasadena City College Band and Herald Trumpeters, along with 76 additional entries, including musicians, dancers, equestrians, local youth groups, dignitaries and community leaders.  The Grand Marshals are: Gary Moody, community activist and president of the NAACP Pasadena Branch, and Shirlette Butler-Elder, childcare advocate and director of Butler-Elder Family Child Care.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the historic Charles White Park at Fair Oaks Avenue and Ventura Street in Altadena; then heads south on Fair Oaks Avenue before ending at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena.  The parade lineup includes city officials, community dignitaries, John Muir and Blair high school bands, drill teams, The New Buffalo Soldiers, Real Ryderz Bike Club, Altadena Unique Red Hatters, Majestic Car Club, African-American sororities and fraternities, and more.

The festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on the north side of Robinson Park at Hammond Street. There will be live entertainment for both adults and children, including performances by the female rhythm and blues band, Klymaxx and 2013 Pasadena Idol winner Tori Harvey. The festival will also feature local food vendors and free info booths.

We will meet at Charles White Park at 9:00 a.m. and will carry our LACCD BFSA banner.  All groups participating in the parade are required to be in uniform, so we will wear all black with kente cloth sashes.  If you would like to purchase one, we have them available for purchase for $10.

Visit The City of Pasadena or for more information about the parade.  Email Ayesha Randall at if you want to participate.  Also, follow the following link to download a flyer:  Black History Parade Flyer for LACCD BFSA.

Black History Bus Tour

15 Feb

LA 1878On Friday, February 21, 2014 from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, discover the 1781 African connection to the founding of Los Angeles; travel to the Bridget “Biddy” Mason Memorial and learn the history about the first African-American—a former slave—to purchase land in Los Angeles; learn about the history of the Watts Tower; view the Mother of Humanity sculpture and tour the Civil Rights Museum; learn about the black entertainers like actress Louise Beavers, Pearl Bailey, Hattie McDaniels (first African American to win an Oscar), Earl Grant (jazz organist), and Ray Charles, of “Sugar Hill” in the 1940s; visit the historic mural in the oldest black church in Los Angeles, First AME; and much more!

Leading us on this journey is Tour Director, Dr. Toni-Mokjaetji Humber, professor of ethnic and women’s studies at Cal Poly Pomona and member of Our Authors Study Club, Inc., the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Inc., established in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month.

$10 for BFSA Members | $20 for Non-BFSA Members / Optional Soul Food Buffet Lunch at Dulan’s on Crenshaw for an extra $15 / RSVP with Toni Johnson at x 7111 or  Click the following link to download a flyer:  Black History Bus Tour of LA.

This event is sponsored by Los Angeles Community Colleges District Black Faculty & Staff Association.  Speak to your Professional Development Coordinator for information regarding flex credit.

Black History Month 2012 at Trade

1 Feb

Black History Kickoff

Black History Month at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College has been filled with educational signposts and the experiences of a people’s journey. It is an unmistakably American story that is woven into the fabric of history. The Black Faculty and Staff at LATTC along with the BSU and ASO, want you to take part in any number of events scheduled. On Wednesday, the Black History Month luncheon will take place, and there are several events after that. Please click on the video below for your special invitation to join in the celebration.

Black History Luncheon

Yet another event celebrating Black History Month truly made an impact on the Trade Tech campus. A unity luncheon sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff organization as well as Black Student Union and ASO, brought a real sense of history and accomplishment together.  Over 300 guests, vendors, and former employees attended the luncheon.  Hosted by Linda Cole, Director of Gain/CalWORKs and Deborah Campbell, General Counselor and Black Student Union Advisor, the event was a huge success that unified and educated the campus community.

Spoken Word by Jearold Mock, Associate Professor of Speech and Advisor of the Campus Spoken Word Club:

Black History Month Culmination:  The Village Festival

Weeks of work honoring Black History Month culminated in an awe-inspiring Village Festival under the north tent at LATTC. The event was complete with art, jewelry, food and that beautiful music! The Black Faculty and Staff Association did an amazing job in bringing the Crenshaw High School gospel choir to our campus. They were breathtaking! Congratulations to everyone involved in setting up this entire month of activities. If you didn’t get a chance to attend…enjoy the video below.

Black History Month Remembered

What do you remember from LATTC’s Black History Month celebration?  There certainly was a lot of enjoyment, education and emotion. Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to next year’s event.  Although the beginning of the video below resembles the one above, it is different, and very inspirational.  It is narrated by our Dean of Academic Affairs, Mr. Vincent Jackson.