COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. - Black History Month celebrations continue throughout the Coachella Valley. Saturday families gathered at the Coachella Valley History Museum for a full day of activities -- history and culture.
"We just want to celebrate and we just want everyone to come out and have fun," said organizer Dawnielle Smith.
Smith said it's important to respect and remember those who paved the way for the next generation.
"Black people have a lot to do with where we are now. A lot of black people have paved the way and we just want to show our appreciation and celebrate them especially our own black pioneers in the Coachella Valley," Smith said.
Organizers bringing together members of their community to remember their heritage. Mayor Pro Tem Troy Strange said his ancestors were an important part of Indio's history.
"I'm a descendent of John Nobles who was one of the first African Americans in the city, who has a whole neighborhood and section was named after him. When he came into town he established a passage for other African Americans coming to the area," Strange said.
The event featuring works of art from local artist Meredy Volz. Families also enjoyed local vendors, a car show and entertainment.