Annual Black History Greens Festival Honors Black History In CA

SANTA MONICA, CA — Community members are invited to celebrate Black History Month with the annual Black History Greens Festival Saturday at Virginia Avenue Park.

The event is hosted by the park and the Parent Connection Group in collaboration with the Pico Branch Library and the Santa Monica Farmers Market. The event is held from 10 am to 2 pm at 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica.

This year’s theme is “Honoring California’s Black History,” and the event will feature a greens cooking demonstration with Chef Jamar, along with mindfulness meditation, book readings and giveaways, dance performances, Black cowboys, horse and pony rides, and KCRW DJ Novena Carmel.

This year’s Greens Festival program will include:

  • Greens Festival opening with a selection of songs performed by Eboni Alexander
  • DJ music mixing by local favorite, Novena Carmel, who co-hosts KCRW’s flagship show Morning Becomes Eclectic
  • Book reading of Robert H. Miller’s Once Upon a Time in the Black West by award winning teen equestrian, Zoie Brogdon
  • Living history performance of famous Black cowboy, Nat Love
  • Mr Todd’s Horse and Pony Rides
  • Santa Monica Police Department Mounted Unit
  • Mindful meditation with Donna Brown
  • Live cooking demonstration with Chef Jamar of family favorite greens recipes
  • Book reading by renowned actor, Shabaka Henley of Sam: The Junior Herbalist: The Case Of The Tummy Troubles by Angela Rahim and a special take-and-go herbal tea kit will be distributed by the Pico Branch Library to listeners
  • Dance performances by West Coast Legendary Dance and Homeboy The Clown Dancers
  • City of Santa Monica Art of Recovery grantee Orchestra Santa Monica presents the film premiere of We Gather, featuring music composed by Derrick Skye and performed by the Orchestra
  • A variety of resource booths and vendors

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blanket and/or lawn chairs. The event will comply with current COVID guidelines, according to the city. Guests are requested to wear masks and maintain social distancing while at the event.

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