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