Palm Springs prepares for firsts and sophistication in celebration of Black History Month 2014

“No Dorothy you are not in Kansas anymore, you are in Palm Springs and The Palm Springs Black History Committee is set to kick off Black History Month in Palm Springs with a bang!”  February is normally the official national recoginized month to celebrate Black History, but the PSBHC will start early this year.  January 30, 2014 the PSBHC and the City of Palm Springs will open its first full African American Art Exhibition, “Civil Rights in America; Where Are We Now?.  The Art exhibition will feature the works of world reknowned celebrated artists Synthia SAINT JAMES and Charles Bibbs.  The exhibition is located in The Sheffer/Scheffler Arts Education Space in the Hoover Gallery at the Palm Springs Art Museum.  The PSBHC will host an Artist “meet and greet” January 30, 2014 6pm-8pm.  Both Synthia and Charles will be there and the public is invited to attend.  This event is free.  The exhibit will run from January 30 thru February 28, 2014. This exhibition would not be possible without the following sponsors Gulf California Broadcasting, The Palm Springs Art, Wine and Food Festival, Hyatt Palm Springs, and the City of Palm Springs.

Two days later, Saturday February 1 2014, sophistication comes downtown Palm Springs with the Fifth Annual PSBHC Black History Awards Gala.  Back at the Hyatt Palm Springs Grand Ballroom, this years Gala will feature artwork personally selected by internationally known artist Bernard Hoyes, great live entertainment by none other the great sophisticated sounds of Angie Whitney and up and coming vocal sensationlist Porsia.  Surprises are in store for downtown as there will be a change to the Hyatt’s appearance just for this event.  This years award recipients include former Olympian Gale Fitzgerald, Desert Outlook Editor Will Dean, Councilmember Chris Mills, Gulf California Broadcasting and James O. Jessie Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Evernall Black and Cora Crawford.  Cocktail and Silent Auction/raffle starts at 6pm.  Tickets are $65.00.  For more information and ticket purchase please visit or call 760-416-5716.

The month continues with an Gospel Fest February 8, 2014, Basketball Tournament February 15, 2014 and the 27th Annual Palm Springs Black History Committee Black History Parade and Town Fair February 22, 2014. The Parade again is along Palm Canyon and will end at Alejo with a start time of 11am.  Again this year the Town Fair will be at the beautiful France Stevens Park and Alejo starting at 12pm.  Admission is free to Town Fair and this years parade promises to bring more entertainment and entries than years before.  Parade entry applications and Town Fair vendor booth applications are still being accepted.  For information and parade application or booth application please visit or call 760-416-5716.  For more information about all events please visit or call 760-416-5716.

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