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Daly City to celebrate 20th anniversary of Black History Month

The City of Daly City will host its 20th Annual Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the Pacelli Event Center, 145 Lake Merced Blvd., Daly City. The day-long festivities will kick-off at 10:00 a.m. with opening remarks by Daly City dignitaries and a representative of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), San Mateo Chapter. The theme is Black Women in American Culture and History.

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African-American history highlights, recognition of long-time Daly City African-American residents, live drumming and soul food are expected to be the top attractions at the celebration. An array of ethnic vendor booths, dance, and cultural entertainment, and a youth-themed essay display promise to keep guests engaged until closing time at 4:00 p.m.

Originally established as Black History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, the celebration of African-American history expanded into the entire month of February in 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial. Every U.S. president since has signed a proclamation designating February as National African-American History Month to honor the heritage and accomplishments of African Americans.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 42 million U.S. residents, or 13.6% of the total population, identified themselves in Census 2010 as Black or African American with one or more other races. California is home of the fifth largest African-American population in the nation, with 2.3 million. The event is open to the public. Ample parking is available at Westlake Park, adjacent to the Pacelli Event Center.