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Black History Month Events, City of Santa Monica

Updated: Feb 2, 2021

Below is a the list of the City of Santa Monica's Black History Month 2021 to Highlight the Black Family, Leadership and Service events. You can view the original article/page here.

You can also visit the city's list of Black Owned Businesses to support year round here!

Zumba with Miss Debi

When: Tuesday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Description: Join us for a mix of low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. People of all ages and fitness levels are welcome to join. RSVP:

The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity

When: Thursday, February 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Description: Join us for the Black History Month opening ceremony on Rosa Parks Day. The event will feature a discussion by local families highlighting the diversity, identity and history of Santa Monica’s Black community. There will also be special dance performances and small segments highlighting the cooking traditions of Black families. Community members are asked to submit their family stories by January 10, 2021 for the chance to be featured during the opening ceremony and/or on the City’s blog.


Family Black History Event: Talking Drums, Santa Monica Public Library When: Saturday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m.

Description: Join Santa Monica Public Library on Saturday, February 6, at 1pm for a live presentation with Ina, The Sunshine Storyteller. Celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth with traditional folktales and songs! Program only available live at the following link:

Bingo with comedienne Angel Gaines

When: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Description: Laugh your way through an hour-long Black History Month-themed bingo facilitated by comedienne Angel Gaines. Learn about Black history while trying your luck at winning coveted prizes.


Catherine Adel West Discusses “Saving Ruby King”

When: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12 p.m.

Description: Author Catherine Adel West joins the Santa Monica community for a book reading and conversation about her debut novel, “Saving Ruby King,” which explores trauma, friendships and secrets that intertwine families for generations. Digital and print copies of “Saving Ruby King” are available through the Santa Monica Public Library. To check out a copy, visit Need a Library card? Sign up at


Historic Belmar Park: Preserving History through Stories and Art

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Description: Join historian Alison Rose Jefferson and social practice artist April Banks for a discussion about the Belmar History + Art Project, including the outdoor exhibition that will soon encircle the new park, Historic Belmar Park. The outdoor exhibition features a monumental new artwork, A Resurrection in Four Stanzas, and interpretative story panels which are an outgrowth of the book "Living the California Dream: African American Leisure Sites during the Jim Crow Era." These and other features of the Belmar History + Art Project commemorate the history of the Historic Belmar Park area and other South Santa Monica Beach neighborhoods that were home to a thriving African American community until they were displaced in the 1950s. Keeping this history alive is a goal of the Belmar History + Art project and the Santa Monica Black Lives Association, the nonprofit organization founded by Black community leaders spearheading the creation of the Black Agenda.


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Afro-Joy Dance Party with Tatiana Zamir

When: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Description: The Afro-Joy Dance Party is for all bodies and levels of experience to embody joy, healing and connect with community. This follow-along dance party is mainly inspired by Afro-diasporic music and movement. Come feel your heartbeat guide you to the rhythms while we elevate our spirit, our health and each other. Tatiana Zamir is a dancer, performing artist and movement instructor who has spent a lifetime of training and exploration of the body as a vehicle for healing and awakening to our highest destiny.


Celebrating Black Excellence Community Awards

When: Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Description: Join us for the 2nd annual Black Excellence Community Awards to honor Black professionals in Santa Monica for outstanding leadership and service. The City of Santa Monica's Black History Month Committee is accepting nominations for professionals who will be honored. Nominees must live or work in Santa Monica. The deadline for submissions is January 10, 2021. Click here to submit nominations. Additionally, the City is accepting in memoriam submissions to honor Santa Monica community members we lost in 2020, including residents, employees and business owners. Click here to submit in memoriam entries by January 10, 2021.


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