This week we celebrate the beginning of Black History Month. Since 1976, the month has been an enduring tradition that reminds us to take a moment and reflect on not only our history, but also our future. It is a time to honor the accomplishments of the past, while never forgetting that there is still great progress to be made in the time to come. This past year race was at the forefront of our national conversation, and we heard from people of all ages, backgrounds and heritages as they shared their stories. While we are lucky to live in one of America’s most diverse cities, we must continue listening to our fellow Angelenos.
Los Angeles is a treasure trove of cultural and historical resources, and there is no shortage of events honoring Black History Month. I encourage you to watch a film at the Pan African Film and Arts Festival, the largest African-American film festival in the US, or visit an exhibit at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park. The stories of African-American leaders and movements are some of Los Angeles’ greatest legacies, and I hope you will take some time this month to learn more about how they continue to shape the city we call home.
Black History Month Events in Los Angeles
City Hall Walking Tour of African-American Bridge Displays
We invite you to explore history with a showing of all of our past Black History Month Exhibits
Feb. 1 to March 18
Los Angeles City Hall
200 N. Spring St.
"Stories, Poems, Jazz And the Blues" (Pictured Below)
A Tribute to Langston Hughes (Free Admission)
Feb. 4 at 8 p.m.
Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills
6300 Forest Lawn Dr.
14th Annual African American Festival
Live Entertainment, Arts, Storytelling and Music
Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach)
100 Aquarium Way
“Forgotten Founders: The Hidden African Ancestry of L.A”
Exhibit Exploring L.A.'s African American History (Free Admission)
Pico House at El Pueblo De Los Angeles
125 Paseo De Plaza
"Celebrating the American Spirit- Battleship Iowa Salutes Black History Month"
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
Pan African Film Festival
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
African American History Celebration
Feb. 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
L.A Zoo and Botanical Gardens
533 Zoo Dr.
( "A Tribute to Langston Hughes" Event Details)
City Council Gives LA2024 Bid Final Approval
Last week City Council voted in favor of final approval for Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid. Following the vote we convened in Grand Park with Olympians, Paralympians and our fellow Angelenos to celebrate the official submission of our great city to the International Olympic Committee.
I am proud to have chaired the Ad Hoc Committee on the 2024 Summer Olympics where we worked to ensure that our city’s proposal would be financially sustainable and beneficial for all Angelenos. After spending months extensively reviewing our Host City Contract, I am confident in the value it will create for our communities and city’s future. The winning city will be announced this summer in Lima, Peru - look out for updates from our team in the months leading up to this. To learn more about Los Angeles’ journey to 2024 visit www.la24.org.
(January 25th LA 2024 Press Conference)
First CD10 Townhall Workshop
This month we hosted our first CD10 Town Hall Workshop, an event that invited residents to meet with representatives from all of the city’s departments for a “one-stop-shop” of city resources. More than 400 citizens stopped by to meet with representatives from over 20 city departments.
(Speaking with attendees of the first CD10 Townhall Workshop)
Celebrating Lunar New Year
This past weekend we observed the start of the Lunar New Year, a holiday that is celebrated by a wide-range of cultures and Angelenos. From Santa Monica to Alhambra, people of all cultures came together to honor this important holiday. In Council District 10, we joined the Koreatown Senior and Community Center for a special Lunar New Year Luncheon. The weekend’s celebrations were a testament to Los Angeles’ diversity and unity. Whether you marked the Year of the Rooster or Seollal, we wish you great happiness in the upcoming year.
(Traditional Korean Dancers help ring in the Lunar New Year at the Koreatown Senior and Community Center)
32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade
On January 16, I joined thousands of Angelenos in celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade. It was humbling to unite with Angelenos of all ages and backgrounds in reflecting both on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy as well as on how we can continue his work in the future. Throughout the day I couldn’t stop thinking about how his wife, Coretta Scott King, once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Thank you to everyone who came out- it was wonderful seeing and speaking with you.
(Councilmember Curren Price, Councilmember Marquise Harris-Dawson, Councilmember Nury Martinez and Myself at the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade)
Women's March on Los Angeles
On Jan. 21, my wife Fabian marched with women from all over our city at the Los Angeles Women’s March. With over 750,000 marchers estimated to have attended, I could not have imagined a better way to celebrate the importance of women in our society. I am a husband, father, son, uncle, grandfather and colleague to some of the smartest women I know, and I hope this month’s march will be just the beginning of doing everything we can to protect all members of our country. Visit www.womensmarch.com for more information on how to continue making your voice heard.
(My wife Fabian and her Delta Sigma Theta sisters at the January 21st Women's March on L.A)
Upcoming Events in Los Angeles
Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival
Feb. 4 from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Chinatown Central Plaza
943 N. Broadway
Healthy Food Giveaway
Feb. 2 and Feb. 16
10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Youth and Community Center
403 Degnan Blvd. 102
(A Previous Golden Dragon Parade Photo: LA Magazine)
Herb J. Wesson, Jr.
Los Angeles City Council President
Councilmember, 10th Council District