Discover African American Culture in Los Angeles

Photo courtesy of California African American Museum

Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Beginning with LA’s founding in 1781, the African American presence has grown and flourished, greatly influencing not only the city of Los Angeles, but making a tremendous impact on the rest of the country and around the world. It’s no coincidence that the two years President Barack Obama spent at LA’s Occidental College (1979-1981) played a major role in determining his future in politics.

One of the best ways to experience African American culture and heritage in Los Angeles is during Black History Month, which takes place every February. Hosted by various cultural institutions throughout the city, the month-long celebration includes events at the California African-American Museum in Exposition Park and the annual Pan African Film & Art Festival. The following guide will help you explore L.A.’s African American culture during Black History Month and throughout the year. Day One covers South LA and Downtown; Day Two features the Beach Cities; and Day Three takes you to the Westside.

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1740 Ocean Ave.
90401 Santa Monica, CA
Expensive
628 Alamitos Ave.
90802 Long Beach, CA
939 S. Figueroa St.
90015 Los Angeles, CA
Moderate
6060 Wilshire Blvd.
90036 Los Angeles, CA
600 State Dr.
90037 Los Angeles, CA
Free
380 Santa Monica Pier
90401 Santa Monica, CA
Free
2920 W. Jefferson Blvd.
90018-3339 Los Angeles, CA
Moderate
1765 E. 107th St.
90002 Los Angeles, CA
Free
10950 S. Central Ave.
90059 Los Angeles, CA
Free
961 W. Alondra Blvd.
90220 Compton, CA
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
90731 San Pedro, CA
3727 Santa Rosalia Drive
90008 Los Angeles, CA
Moderate
110 E. 22nd St.
90731 San Pedro, CA
331 S. Spring St.
90013 Los Angeles, CA
3341 W. 43rd Place
90008 Los Angeles, CA
4327 Degnan Blvd.
90008 Los Angeles, CA
4005 Crenshaw Blvd.
90008 Los Angeles, CA
North Campus, UCLA
90095 Los Angeles, CA
Free
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite A245
90015 Los Angeles, CA