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Our Authors Study Club, Inc. of Los Angeles (OASC) and Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) are planning for the 2023 African American Heritage Guide.

The cultural guide documents, promotes and encourages an awareness of the significant contributions made by L.A.’s African Americans in culture, education, politics, business, technology, and the arts.

The periodical, issued each year, lists activities occurring in the greater L.A. area from February 1, in honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., through March 31, which is National Women’s History Month. Events cited range encompass in-person and online activities, events, exhibitions, lectures, and programming highlighting African American culture.

According to OASC President Lura Ball, the AAHM Guide is a companion to the 73-year-old OASC city-wide Black History celebration hosted by every mayor since 1950. “Our goals are to inform Angelenos across the southland of these exciting cultural activities and programming, and encourage them to participate in the celebration and experience the art and literary contributions,” said Ball

“To elevate this opportunity and amplify our desire for the inclusion of organizations and artists OASC and DCA are issuing an open call for entries,” she added. The deadline for all submissions is Nov. 28.

For information on any activities and programming, visit, complete the programming form and email it to [email protected].

Images, short works of poetry and credit information may be submitted to the same email.  Only high-resolution images (300dpi or larger) will be accepted.