Black History Month 2020: Events and celebrations

February is Black History Month and the theme for 2020 is “African Americans and the Vote,” according to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. 

The theme highlights the sesquicentennial and centennial of the fifteenth and nineteenth amendment. The fifteenth amendment, passed in 1870, gave black men the right to vote following the Civil War. The nineteenth amendment, passed in 1920, gave women the right to vote, although many women of color still faced voting discrimination until the 1960s.

Here in the Coachella Valley, the Palm Springs Black History Committee is hosting multiple events that the community can participate to celebrate the month.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

RACE: My Story & Humanity’s Bottom Line

Author Lauren Nile, who was recognized as Advocate of the Year in 2019 by Palm Springs Pride, will be discussing her book “Race” at the Welwood Murray Memorial Library. The event will take place 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

100 S. Palm Canyon Drive.

For more information: Call the Welwood Murray Memorial Library at (760) 323-8296

Sunday, Feb. 9

Let’s Rejoice & Sing – Gospel Fest

The Palm Springs Black History Committee and the city of Palm Springs present their gospel fest, Let’s Rejoice and Sing. The festival will take place at the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center from 2 to 4 p.m.

480 W Tramview Road, Palm Springs.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

Story Time with Michael D. McCarty – Palm Springs Library

Storyteller Michael D. McCarty will be sharing tales from Africa to highlight the struggles that black people have overcome throughout history. This event is open to all ages.

300 S Sunrise Way, Palm Springs at 6 p.m.


Wednesday, Feb. 19

LP and The Vinyl: Celebrating Black History Through Jazz – Rancho Mirage Library 

LP and the Vinyl will perform a tribute to Black History Month featuring music from Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Sam Cooke, Louis Armstrong and Bobby Timmons. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the library community room and is free to the public. 

71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage


Saturday, Feb. 22

Palm Springs Black History Committee Adult Basketball Tournament – Demuth Park

The Palm Springs Black History Committee will be hosting their annual adult basketball tournament at 10 a.m. There is a $10 registration fee per player. Proceeds will go to the Palm Springs Black History Month Committee to help put on other events throughout the month.


Saturday, Feb. 29

33rd Annual Palm Springs Black History Parade and Town Fair

The 33rd annual Black History Parade will take place downtown Palm Springs at 11 a.m. followed by a town fair with cultural booths, food vendors and kid friendly activities. 

268 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs