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Black History Month in Chandler    

Each February, 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.

April 17- May 6, 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

Annual Events Include:

Unity Walk
Tempe Town Lake
620 N. Mill Avenue
Sponsored by the cities of Tempe, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, as well as the town of Guadalupe and Arizona State University, the Unity Walk 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.  
Black History Celebration
The South Chandler Self-Help Foundation and Desert Dance Theatre will present the 27th Annual Black History Celebration in February 2016.  This family oriented event encourages historical education, respect and ensures on going opportunity for the youth of chandler and surrounding areas to display their talents. 

African American Banquet
The Chandler Men of Action present this annual banquet in 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 are awarded.  

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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