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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.

Annual Events Include:

Sat, Jan 28  |   6 p.m
Unity Walk
Tempe Town Lake

Participants will assemble at Tempe Lake Marina
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.

Sat, Feb 4   |   1 to 4 p.m.
African American Read-In
Chandler Public Library - Hamilton Branch

3700 S Arizona Ave
In celebration of Black History Month, the Chandler Hamilton Library will be hosting it's annual African American Read-In. This community reading event is intended to shine a spotlight on African American authors, promote diversity and encourage young people to read.  This year, look forward to children & adult authors, a presentation on the history of Hip Hop, storytellers and more.

1 PM—Stories and craft with Mary Poindexter
3 PM - Donald Guillory presents his new book “Token Black Guide –Navigations Through Race In America”
4 PM - Dr. Marilyn Torres Shares Stories From The African Diaspoa

Fri, Feb 10  | 7 p.m. Showtime 
Let's Do It Again Variety Show
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave.

The South Chandler Self-Help Foundation presents the annual Black History Celebration in February.  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. 

Dinner available for purchase at 5 p.m.  Call 480-227-9706 or 480-963-5213 for more information.

Fri, Feb 24  | 7 p.m. Event Begins
5th Annual African American Banquet
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 N. Arizona Ave.

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. Mr. Bruce Cooper of Phoenix TV Channel 12 will be the Master of Ceremonies and Mr. Alonzo Jones, the Associate Dean of Students at Arizona State University will be our featured speaker.

A reception will begin at 6 p.m.  Tickets ($40 ea) are available for purchase at

Visit the City of Chandler Diversity Office web page for information on additional cultural events that occur in Chandler throughout the year.

Chandler Diversity Office