California African American Museum

SCAQMD to Host Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Forum

For the sixth consecutive year, the South Coast Air Quality Management District will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with its MLK Day of Service Forum at the California African American Museum.  This luncheon will feature prominent guests and speakers on the environment and air quality.  Attendees will learn about the progress achieved and challenges ahead in cleaning the air throughout the South Coast Air Basin, especially in environmental justice communities.  

L.A. Honors Aretha Franklin with Gospel Music Tribute

God’s spirit enveloped the California African American Museum as Los Angeles came out for a gospel music tribute to the legendary Aretha Franklin on Aug. 30. The “Queen of Soul” passed away in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 16. The two-hour event, organized by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and gospel music broadcaster Quaford Coleman, attracted more than 2,000 people who filled the museum’s interior and overflowed to hundreds outside the facility. In both places, the audience clapped, sang and shouted throughout the joyous celebration. Highlighting the tribute were selected songs from Aretha’s “Amazing Grace” album, which she recorded in 1972

Call 2 Worship – August 23

Founder’s Church features recording artist Brent Jones on August 26, at 10 a.m., at 3281 W. 6th St., in Los Angeles. Jones will perform with the KJLH Radio Free Choir and discuss his free professional musical training program for youth, which starts at Founder’s on Sept. 15. For information, call (213) 388-9733, extension 118. Messiah Missionary Baptist Church holds Family and Friends Day on August 26, at 10:30 a.m., at 4500 Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Perry J. Jones. The theme is “Lift Him Up” based on John 12:32. Sister Katie Webb is the chairperson. For information, call

‘How Sweet the Sound’ Reveals L.A.’s Role in Gospel Music History

A new exhibit reveals Black L.A.’s key role in the evolution of gospel music. “How Sweet the Sound: Gospel Music in Los Angeles” uses vintage photographs, video recordings and other memorabilia to tell how African American artists and churches created a global musical phenomenon. The multi-media presentation is at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park until August 26. The historical display charts the Black religious experience in Los Angeles from 1872 to the early 1970s. Within that timeframe, a range of innovators and ministries are highlighted for their contributions to the genre. Starting with Biddy Mason, the founder of First AME