February boasts Valentine's Day and President's Day, but the month also celebrates the culture and history of the nation's African-American community.
Here are a number of ways to celebrate the countless contributions and accomplishments of African-Americans across Southern California during African-American Heritage Month, otherwise known as Black History Month:
If you find yourself without plans for two Fridays this month, catch one of these free movie screenings that capture the struggles of African-Americans, courtesy of the Los Angeles Poverty Department. The featured films will be “Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary” and “Revolution ‘67.”
When: Feb. 10 and Feb. 24, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles Community Action Network, DTLA | MAP
Dive into the jazz world to commemorate the legendary jazz acoustic bassist's career. The photo exhibit will showcase the art of music through the eyes of the African-American community.
When: Now through March 5, Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, Noon - 4 p.m.
Where: Watts Towers Arts Center Campus, South L.A. | MAP
Los Angeles-based African-American authors (the roster has not been released yet) will discuss their latest books and share experiences about their journey as writers.
When: Feb. 23, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Los Angeles City Hall, DTLA | MAP
Check out this exhibit featuring crafted dolls by artists to reflect their self-image, made from untraditional materials from kitchens, thrift stores and alleys. Work from Teresa Tolliver and Lavialle Campbell, among others, will be on display.
When: Now through Feb. 18, Tuesdays to Saturdays, Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The William Grant Still Arts Center, Mid City | MAP
The Battleship Iowa will be running an exhibit featuring artifacts, newspaper clippings and photos focused on five African-American servicemen and their remembered contributions.
When: Now through Feb. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Battleship IOWA Museum, San Pedro | MAP
Price: Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and veterans, $12 for kids under 5
For more celebrations and community events throughout the month, check out the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affair's catalog for African American Heritage Month.
This story has been updated.