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Rhythm in Black: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – A Black History Month Event

Rhythm In Black: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – A Black History Month Event A fully-virtual FREE Black History Month Celebration.

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Our rhythms tell our history.

Andy Street Long Beach invites you to experience our first fully-virtual FREE Black History Month Celebration: Rhythm In Black.

Interact with speakers from throughout the community, enjoy performances from local artists and musicians, and be immersed in the Black experience of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow from all corners of the diaspora. Celebrate with us on Feb 5th.

  • Rhythm In Black welcomes people from all walks of life to experience “Forgotten Images”, our exhibit of authenticated works of writing, art, and artifacts of African heritage from the 1600’s to the modern Civil Rights Era.
  • Come be immersed in African American music & art and join discussions about their transformational power on our youth.
  • Or simply expand your horizons with an exciting dive into African culture.

SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

9:00 – Welcome – Mayor Dr. Robert Garcia

9:05 – Keynote Speaker – Darick J. Simpson, President of the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation

9:15 – Coffee Chat Roundtable: How to Engage Communities of Color

  • Councilmember Al Austin, Moderator
  • Carolyn Caldwell, President and CEO of St. Mary Medical Center (Dignity Health) in Long Beach, California
  • Lori Gay, President and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS) and Affiliates, NHS Neighborhood Lending Services, and NHS Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation
  • Kenneth McDonald, President and CEO of Long Beach Transit

10:00 – CEO Diversity Award

10:03 – Forgotten Images Exhibit: Digital Museum

10:15 – Perspectives: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

  • Yesterday – Peggy Preacely, Freedom Rider and Civil Rights Activist
  • Today – Audrena Redmond, Black Lives Matter Long Beach
  • Tomorrow – Vice Mayor Rex Richardson – Racial Equity & Reconciliation

11:00 – Youth Performance: Hughes Middle School Young Gifted & Black Club

2:00 – Transformational Power of:

  • Dance – Lula Washington, choreographer, Artistic Director, and an all-around dance innovator and leader.
  • Sports – Otha Cole, Program Director of the Player Equity Fund
  • Film – Euzhan Palcy, the first black woman to direct a film for a major motion picture studio (A Dry White Season with Marlon Brando).

3:00 – The Art of Nikkolas – Artivism Youth Workshop – Concept Artist/Illustrator/Artivist, Nikkolas Smith, guides young artists to create a Superhero Movie Poster.

4:00 – Authors in Residence:

  • Nikkolas Smith – Sunday Sketch – The Art of Nikkolas
  • Jordan Ifueko – Raybearer

4:10 – Community Choir – 3CLA

4:30 – Cooking with Bayi’s Kitchen

5:00 – DJ Showcase: Music of the Decades

6:00 – Closing Remarks

For Sponsorship opportunities contact Laverne at [email protected] or visit andystreetlb.org/sponsors to learn more.

The Andy Street Community Association (ASCA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to create an environment where youth can build character, integrity and individuality, providing them with the skill set to succeed in life.



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