Welcome to our Diversity, Education, and Inclusion Committee
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
All Month Long
Los Angeles Virtual Black History Heritage Trail
Welcome! In celebration of Black History Month, the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee invites you to take a curated virtual tour around Los Angeles to explore the history and contributions of Black Americans and Black heritage that helped to shape the City of Angels. This list is just a snippet of the people and places that are a part of the city's past. We hope that you find it to be an inspiration to start your own personal quest to learn more about the cultural tapestry of LA. Enjoy the tour.
See works like the Crenshaw Wall Mural on the Tour!
EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS!
Friday February 5th 3-4pm
Benkadi Drum and Dance Company: Funga Alafia “Welcome Dance”
Please join the Benkadi Drum and Dance Company of Boston, Massachusetts as they present the Funga Alafia, a welcome dance inspired by the traditional Fanga dance of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Audience participation encouraged. All ages welcome.
Zoom Meeting ID: 895 0066 2252
Saturday, February 6th 11:30am-12:30pm
Hammer Museum Virtual Tour: “Exploring Social Constructs”
Just for Dixie Canyon! Student educators from UCLA will present a selection of artwork and lead open discussions centered on issues of difference, race, inequality, social justice, and activism and explore thematic connections within the art. All ages welcome.
Please note space is limited to the first 75 families to register for a slot.
Register for this event.
Friday, February 12, 2021 3-4pm
STEM Workshop with Ana Dziengel: Norma Merrick Sklarek and The Blue Whale
This Friday workshop features a STEM project inspired by the work of architect Norma Merrick Sklarek. We will start by looking at one of her most iconic buildings, the Pacific Design Center, and use that as inspiration for a hands-on building activity.” All ages welcome.
Please visit Babble Dabble Do for more info and a materials list for this project.
Zoom Meeting ID: 837 9053 5084
Friday, February 19th 3-4pm
Cooking Class with Ms Yniguez: Cornbread in a Mug
Corn has been grown in Africa since the 1500s. It was a familiar ingredient then, to many of the African families who were forcibly transported to the United States by slave traders at that time. Cornmeal was essential for survival among the enslaved. They took the things that they could get their hands on like corn and developed methods to stretch the ingredients. They would mix up a cornmeal mush for their younger children to eat. They also made a baked or fried version which is how cornbread came about. Cornbread was something every black family lived on to feed their family. In the current years you can add sugar and honey to add a twist and make it sweet and tasty. Techniques for preparing cornbreads were passed along over the years and are now cooked in many cultures and homes. Cornbread is a remembrance of how far we have come as a culture. This is why it is a favorite in black families. We really hope you enjoy the recipes we are sharing with you!!
Zoom Meeting ID: 811 7548 6437 Passcode: 508488
Friday, February 26th 3-4pm
Storytime with Ms. Franny & Art with Ms. Barbro: Gee’s Bend
For the final event in honor of Black History Month, Ms. Franny will share the book Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend: A Civil Rights Story. The book highlights the true story of a mule in the community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama that played a key role in the Civil Rights movement and had a special connection to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ms. Barbro will lead students in a fun and creative collage project inspired by the beautiful handmade quilts of the women artisans of Gee’s Bend.
All ages welcome. Please visit Art Projects for Kids for a list of supplies.
If you would like to order a personal copy of Belle, the Last Mule at Gee's Bend, please consider supporting Eso Won Books, a local Black owned bookstore.
Zoom Meeting ID: 851 8606 2512
Diverse Parent/Guardian Reading List
Please join us for our monthly meetings as well as our Slack Channel if you'd like to participate in the day to day conversation.