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Black History Month in Chandler    

South Chandler Self Help, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler Men of Action and the City of Chandler are proud to present an extensive variety of community events to celebrate the contributions and history of African Americans.


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This year's 2015 Black History Month events in Chandler include:

Saturday, January 31 - 10:00 a.m.
Unity Walk
Tempe Town Lake
620 N. Mill Avenue
Presented by City of Chandler

Sponsored by the cities of Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, as well as the town of Guadalupe and Arizona State University, the Unity Walk will host hundreds of residents and students with the goal of promoting better relationships between people and organizations. Each group or city wears a different colored shirt and starts the walk together.  The approximately 1-mile walk will finish at Tempe Beach Park. 

For a event brochure, click here.

Friday, February 6 – 7 p.m
Black History Celebration
Two Shades of Soul
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave.
Presented by South Chandler Self Help and Desert Dance Theatre
The South Chandler Self-Help Foundation and Desert Dance Theatre in Cooperation with the City of Chandler will be presenting the 26th Annual Black History Celebration. The founder of the organization, Mrs. Frannie Keith-Harper will be present and participating the Celebration and The Foundation will also be honoring past president Mrs. Marsha Flaggs.
The Self-Help Foundation has sponsored this family oriented event, for 26 years. The celebration is open to the public, the event encourages historical education, respect and ensures on going opportunity for the youth of chandler and surrounding areas to display their talents. 
The pre-show and dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. and “Two Shades of Soul” starts at 7 p.m. in the Bogle Theater.      
Saturday, February 7 –Noon to 5 p.m.
Family Picnic/Entertainment
Folley Park
601 East Frye Road
Presented by South Chandler Self Help
A family reunion type of event that is devoted to people sharing food, drink and conversation, will be on February 7, at the Zora Folley Memorial Park. Music for your listening pleasure and games for adults/children will be from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Contact information for Self Help: Church 480-963-5213 or Cell 480-227-9706 

Thursday, February 12 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College - Student Pavilion
2626 East Pecos Road 
Presented by Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Chandler-Gilbert Community College is having a Black History Month Festival on Thursday, February 12  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. which will be held in the Student Pavilion. The event will include the Kawambe-Omowale African  Drum and Dance group and our Student Life department is confirming Buffalo Soldiers to come speak about their experiences and a spoken word experience of Merlin Hepworth. The public is welcome to attend the event.  

Friday, February 27 – 6 p.m. Reception - 7 p.m. Dinner
African American Banquet
Chandler Community Center
125 S. Commonwealth
Presented by Chandler Men of Action
The Chandler Men Of Action are proud to announce Mr. Bruce Cooper of Channel 12 News/Sports as our Master Ceremony for the 3rd Annual African American Banquet. The Mayor Coy C. Payne Man Of The Year Award Winner is Floyd Alvin Galloway, Senior Account Manager, Arizona Informant Newspaper and special Guest Speaker is Dr. Neal Lester, Professor of English and Director of Project Humanities at Arizona State University. These men represent along with others the type of African American Men we want to showcase to our youth. The banquet is a celebration of the accomplishments made during the year of African Americans and to strengthen our resolve to further our pride, spirit and character.  
Two student scholarships and Man of the Year will also be awarded at this event.  
Buy tickets HERE!

Now Opening in April 2015 
Then They Came for Us…
Downtown Public Library
22 S. Delaware St.
Presented by the East Valley JCC
Then They Came for Us... is a revolutionary exhibit exploring 3 distinct events; the Holocaust, the treatment of Black people in Europe, and the domestic struggle for Civil Rights. This volunteer docent led exploration is conducted using exquisitely constructed panels, multi-media/archival film footage from the actual events, and artifacts. The exhibit will examine these three events simultaneously across a timeline from the early 1910's to the early 1950’s helping to guide the viewer through the similarities and differences between the antecedents to, and the events themselves. This ground-breaking exhibit is being designed and constructed locally, using local talent.  
More information at Click here for an event postcard.
Visit the City of Chandler Diversity Office web page for information on additional cultural events that occur in Chandler throughout the year.

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