By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer
Los Angeles, CA.- February is recognized as Black History Month, and in Los Angeles, there were many events taking place to celebrate the accomplishments of African-Americans in the United States. The celebration remain fluid, as history continues to be made, look no further than the recent Winter Olympics and the nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.
Saturday, February 26, 2022, South Bay Pavilion, LA South Chamber of Commerce, LA South Hope Foundation and Dymally Institute CSUDH teamed up to present a Black History Month Celebration. The event was held outdoors in the South Bay Pavilion Parking Lot on a beautiful day in Southern California.
Larcenia L. Freeman, Freeman Professional Services served as Mistress of Ceremony for this awesome event.
Poet Linda Scott recited an original, powerful poem, “Shining the Light on Blackness” to honor African-American legacy and heritage.
Lady Zhe, violinist extraordinaire followed with an electrifying performance of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and her debut single “Elevate.”
A fabulous Fashion Show was held featuring African wearable art/clothing designed by Born Bare and Fashion Designer Carla.
The crowd was in the right place at the right time for some interactive, engaging exercises. Xtreme Steps led by Coach Eesh, and Healing Thru Rhythms got the crowd up for an energizing workout.
Seville a popular local group took the crowd down memory lane with a soulful musical journey. It didn’t take long for the audience to get up to dance and sing along to classic soul/R&B hits “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Ain’t too Proud to Beg,” “Get Ready,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Brickhouse,” and “Fire.” That was only during their first set. They took it up a notch for the rest of their crowd pleasing, entertaining set to the delight of all in attendance.
The celebration featured an eclectic Marketplace with locally produced items- custom made arts and crafts, apparel, Health and beauty products, accessories, novelties and professional services.