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Celebrating Black History Month Throughout February

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You are invited to participate in various fun and educational events planned for Black History Month in Palm Springs, 2024.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans throughout history. It is celebrated in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in February. It is a time to remember important people and events such as the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Movement, and great leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Mae Jemison. By celebrating Black History Month, we recognize the essential role of African Americans in our nation’s history and honor their legacy.

Palm Springs Black History Month Events

Feb. 1 – Black History Month Kick-Off

Join the Palm Springs Art Museum for an unforgettable kick-off celebration of Black History Month, where we celebrate African Americans and the Arts, and explore the Harlem Renaissance.

Experience the mesmerizing performances of the Palm Springs High School Choir, the captivating beats of the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center drumline and drill team, and be moved by the poems and melodies of Shanti Lalita’s cello. Immerse yourself in our thought-provoking Black History Month exhibition and explore our other inspiring exhibits currently on view.

Palm Springs Art Museum – 101 N Museum Drive  | 5:30 – 8 pm  Free.

Palm Springs Art Museum

Feb. 3 – 14th Annual Palm Springs Black History Awards Gala

 The Palm Springs Black History Committee Annual Awards Gala recognizes those individuals, groups, locals, and corporate businesses who have allied with or contributed to the success and achievements of African Americans and our society.  General admission is $100 and includes a 3-course dinner.

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, 1600 N Indian Canyon Dr.  |  6 – 9 pm


Feb. 8 – Sugar Shack: A Jazz-Inspired Night Sessions

Surround yourself to the enchanting sounds of the Sugar Shack, a jazz-inspired Night Sessions. Featuring the remarkable Hope Diamond and her sensational band. Prepare to be mesmerized by captivating narratives and rhythmic harmonies that will transport you to the era of the Harlem Renaissance.

Palm Springs Art Museum – 101 Museum Way | 5:30 – 8 pm  Free

Feb. 15 – Rhythm & Hues Fashion Showcase

Meet us in the Meyerman Garden as we immerse ourselves in the vibrant tapestry of Black History Month through the lens of FASHION!

Rhythm & Hues will showcase the exceptional talent of local fashion designer Aneka Brown, who is renowned for her exquisite blend of modern African influences and opulent jewel tones. Paired with the jazz melodies of Wayne Cobham along with bites curated by guest chefs Betty Berrysmith and Amber Evans. Join us for an unforgettable evening of style, culture, and culinary delights.

Palm Springs Art Museum – 101 Museum Way | 5:30 – 8 pm  Free

Feb. 17 – Black History Month Men’s Basketball Tournament

James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center, 480 Tramview Road. |  9 am

Feb. 19 – Palm Springs Black History Caravan

Departure from James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center Parking lot, 480 Tramview Road.  10 am

Feb. 19 – Palm Springs Black History Tour

This tour will introduce you to Black pioneers of Palm Springs whose talents and perseverance overcame the prejudices of earlier times.

You will see the works of renowned architect Paul R. Williams, including the architecturally significant Town and Country Center (now planned for extensive renovation).

Next is the landmark El Mirador Tower, where Lawrence Crossley had his office. Learn about this local land developer and city planner who came here in the 1920s and helped reshape the landscape. He created a reliable water source and represented local Native Americans to the Federal government at a time when those of African descent were forbidden from owning land. You will visit the Crossley Corners trailer park and the neighborhood that now bears his name.

The tour will be concluded at Desert Highland Gateway Estates, Palm Springs’ first organized neighborhood, where community activists and athletes have all lived. You will also see First Baptist Church and Ajalon Baptist Church, two of our faith-based institutions.  $25

Departure from James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center Parking lot, 480 Tramview Road. | 11 am – 1 pm


Feb. 22 – Sugar Shack: A Blues & Soul-Inspired Night Sessions

Get ready to transport yourself to The Sugar Shack. Embark on a blues-and-classic-song inspired Night Sessions that will have you swaying to the rhythm. Featuring the legendary Norman Carter, former lead singer of the iconic Delfonics. You will be captivated by his soulful vocals as you experience this one-of-a-kind event.

Palm Springs Art Museum – 101 Museum Way | 5:30 – 8 pm  Free

Feb. 24 – Black History Month Parade and Town Fair

The parade begins at 11 am on Palm Canyon Drive. The Town Fair runs from noon to 6 pm, following the parade in Downtown Park.

Black History Parade

Feb. 24 – Misconceptions about the Tuskegee Airmen Lecture

Dr. Daniel Haulman will discuss the misconceptions about the Tuskegee Airmen. He both refutes and explores the origins of popular myths about the legendary first Black pilots in American military service, dispelling misinformation while celebrating the heroic legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. As an Air Force research historian for 37 years and author of numerous books and articles on aviation history, Dr. Haulman is considered a foremost expert on the Tuskegee Airmen and has traveled extensively to lecture on the fabled pilots.

Palm Springs Air Museum | 1 – 2 pm

Black History Air Museum

Feb. 23 – 25, March 1 & 2 – MedgarX’nJames

The Innercircle Arts Society is pleased to perform the official play of Medgar X’n James. This full-length theatrical version pays respects to Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and James Baldwin. Medgar Evers was an African American civil rights activist and the first NAACP’s first field secretary in Mississippi, who was later assassinated.  Malcolm X was an African American Muslim minister and human rights activist who was a prominent figure during the civil rights movement. James Baldwin was an African American writer and civil rights activist. He gained acclaim for his work across several forms, including essays, novels, plays, and poems.

Palm Springs Cultural Center. 2300 E. Baristo Road. 7 pm


Feb. 27 – Palm Springs Speaks Presents Terry McMillan

One of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors, Terry McMillan, became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers Waiting to Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Known for “irreverent, pitch-perfect tales of women’s lives,” McMillan’s seven bestsellers are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters, and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds, and women saving their own lives. A passionate champion of growing older by looking joyously forward, McMillan boldly rejects the concept of “mid-life crisis.” Instead, she evangelizes that anyone at any age can “change lanes” to reinvent themselves, overcome obstacles, escape ruts, and pursue postponed dreams. As a speaker, artist, and woman of hard-won wisdom, McMillan challenges us to tap into our passions, defeat our demons, take care of our whole selves, and never take happiness for granted.

Palm Springs Cultural Center 2300 E. Baristo Road.

VIP Meet & Greet Reception 6 – 7 pm. Author Talk 7:30 – 8:30 pm. Book signing to follow.

Feb. 29 – Block Party: Celebrating 50 Years of Hip Hop

This Night Sessions event celebrates the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Celebrate the culture and music that originated and has been shaped by Black America for decades. Attendees will also be able to participate in interactive activities, such as graffiti art, hip-hop dancing, and more.

Palm Springs Art Museum – 101 Museum Way | 5:30 – 8 pm  Free


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