Take a self-guided Walking Tour of the African American History of Pasadena. Audio descriptions of the sites visited are available by scanning this code with your cell phone:
Or by visiting the link above.
Originally conceived by the NAACP Pasadena Branch as a bus tour, this version, as a self-guided walking tour, was co-created by the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition (PasCSC) and the NAACP for “Walktober 2020.” Walktober is an annual event organized and promoted by PasCSC to get people walking in Pasadena! In February 2021, Day One, another local non-profit organization, received a grant from America Walks to add voice recordings to this tour. We thank Allen Edson for lending his voice and Tony Arratia for his audio editing.
PasCSC and Day One are honored to partner with the NAACP Pasadena Branch to host this self-guided “Walking Tour of the African American History of Pasadena.” Without the contributions of the elders of the NAACP Pasadena Branch and FAME Senior Ministry, this tour would not exist. We are also grateful to America Walks for their support.
This tour consists of 14 locations primarily in North West Pasadena, centering on individuals and events of historical significance to the African American Community, which also provides Pasadena its rich history. We encourage you to look around as you walk and review the notes and photos that accompany the voice recordings for the locations on this tour.
The Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition, Day One, and America Walks are all deeply committed to walking. Whether you walk for physical health, mental health, to meet people, to see new things, or simply to get things done, we recognize and celebrate that as an excellent activity.
We also recognize that streets are not safe until we are all safe. Therefore, we must commit to ensuring that all Black lives matter. We call on City Council, the Pasadena Department of Transportation, and all people who walk, to support policies and practices that make our streets places where people of all ages, abilities, and identities can walk safely and comfortably.
We hope you enjoy the tour.