Our Motto

The Legacy Never Ends… New Vines Grow from Strong Roots

The Orange County Black History Parade founder Helen Shipp, is acknowledged along the route with shouts of her name, during the 35th anniversary in Anaheim.

The Legacy Cultivated by Excellence in the Arts, Athletics, Economics, Education, Service, Health and Community Involvement

Mission Statement

To implement programs for all ages that will educate, entertain, and inspire people about Orange County’s ethnic heritage.

Our Mission

Remember our Legacy

Share our common Values

Embrace the lessons of the Pass

Primary Purpose

The primary intent of this organization is to provide cultural awareness and promote the historical contributions of BLACK PEOPLE in Orange County communities and throughout the United States.

About Orange County Heritage Council (OCHC)

The Orange County Heritage Council (OCHC) is a 501 (c) 3 organization, consisting of a group of dedicated community volunteers focused on the development of events and activities that promote positive family and cultural interaction.

Community businesses, organizations, churches, and philanthropists are encouraged to support the events offered by the OCHC, because the organization is a community sponsored endeavor and not a legislated one.

The primary events organized and offered to the whole community are the Black History Parade and Cultural Faire. They are always held the 1st Saturday in February, which has been designated nationally as Black History Month.  Both events are currently held in Anaheim, CA rain or shine beginning at 10 AM and ending at 4 PM.

Members of the community regardless of race, color, ethnicity or culture are invited to the event to enjoy a well attended parade which includes noted community members, elected officials, community groups, school and church units, singing and dancing units, city service vehicles, and community members who have participated in the history of Orange County and surrounding areas.

Immediately following the Black History Parade is a Black Cultural Faire offering a bit of black history in the youth village, business connections and information, health information and screenings, activities for youth, food provided by community groups for sale, and excellent entertainment.

Black history is World history and there can be no accurate telling of world history without the inclusion of its Black contributors.  OCHC work to maintain a focus on African Americans’ contributions to the strength of America.