Celebrate Black History Month

By Erika Ostroff and Nicole Reino

A quick history lesson: Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D. and historian, started “Negro History Week” in 1926.

Woodson chose the second week in February because that is when Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass have birthdays.

But one week just didn’t cut it. People needed more time to celebrate. Thus, in the 1970s, the weeklong observance was extended to the entire month.

And that is how February became Black History Month.

San Diego County has plenty of celebratory events in store. Check them out:

Black Arts Wine & Cheese Festival

The St. Clair Gallery, East County Business Center and The Urban Network will be hosting a wine and cheese festival to recognize significant artistic contributions to society made by African Americans. At various times Feb. 6-28. East County Business Center, 270 East Douglas Ave. Free. (619) 723-0930.

Bob Marley Reggae Film

Festival Celebrate Bob Marley’s birthday by watching films, including “One Love,” “Africa Unite” and “Legend.” 6 p.m. Feb. 6. WorldBeat Cultural Center, 2100 Park Blvd. Free. (619) 230-1190,


Harlem Of The West Tour

This 45-minute walking tour covers where Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Nat King Cole and other legendary jazz and blues stars played in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Begins and ends at 740 Market St. $5. (619) 232-1480,


Heritage Day Festival Parade

The parade starts at the corner of Imperial and Willie James Jones avenues. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 28. John F. Kennedy Park, 4801 Ocean View Blvd. (619) 262-0334,


“Hidden Faces of La Jollans: Portraits of Black San Diegans”

This exhibit features the photography of Molly Low, who set out to visually document what remained of the black and Latino community of La Jolla from 1988 to 1990. Exhibit runs through entire month of February. Geisel Library at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. Free. (858) 822-5758.

International Jazz Concert

Charles McPherson will be performing along with his quartet. 7 p.m. Feb. 22. The Loft at UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. (858) 822-5758.

Lecture: Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn Black

Dr. Kwaku Person-Lynn will deliver an Afrikan world history lecture in conjunction with Black History Month. 12 p.m. Feb. 7. WorldBeat Center, 2100 Park Blvd. Free. (619) 230-1190,


San Diego Black Film Festival

More than 100 African-American films will be screened. Parties and other activities will also be held. Jan. 29-Feb. 1. Regal United Artists Theatre, Horton Plaza.