Forest Lawn–Hollywood Hills celebrates Black History Month with a free, family-friendly event. The evening features a community resource fair and reception with light refreshments followed by a one-night-only spectacular of music, dance, poetry, and special-guest speeches celebrating Black icons, culture, and history.
On Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 4:00–6:00 PM the Black History Month event will commence with a community resource and networking fair with local education, health, housing, and volunteer resources, along with complimentary refreshments and beverages. At 6:30 PM Forest Lawn, in partnership with producer Charles Lane, will present a performance from the sold-out opera “Omar,” which will include choreographer Yusuf Nasir (dancer and choreographer of “Omar”), musical director Rickey Pagoet, a troupe of singers and dancers, soloist Una Van Duvall, baritone Cedric Berry, Caleb Curry, and Ebony Fay, and a five-piece band; as well as poet Peter J. Harris, who will introduce a new generation of emerging young poets, narrator Michael Ellington, special-guest speaker Sidney Hurd, an African American quilter, and keynote speaker Dr. Stephany Powell.
“Forest Lawn’s Black History Month is one of the most anticipated community events of the year, and the addition of the resource fair this year brings more depth and community engagement to the event,” says Rodolfo Saenz, Forest Lawn’s Senior Vice President, Marketing. “From stage performers and poets to craftspeople and musicians, we look forward to celebrating Black culture in many forms with this talented group.”
Forest Lawn’s Black History Month event takes place on Saturday, February 25, 2023, from 4:00-7:30 PM, inside the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn–Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068. Doors open at 4:00 PM for the resource fair and pre-show reception with refreshments, music, and prizes, and continues with a 6:30 PM curtain for the performance. Seating will begin at 6:00 PM and is available on a first come, first served basis; standing room only is anticipated. Admission and parking are FREE. Visit www.forestlawn.com for more information.