Los Angeles is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. Beginning with L.A.'s founding in 1781, African American culture and community 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 L.A.’s Occidental College (1979-1981) played a major role in determining his future in politics.
Black History Month, which takes place every February, is a special time of year here in L.A. Celebrated by various cultural institutions throughout the city, the month-long celebration includes unique art and book events, festivals, food and music. Yet, you can explore L.A.’s African American heritage throughout the year. We have included a quick list of spots not to miss encompassing South LA, Downtown, the Beach Cities and the Westside.