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City announces Black History Month Events

BHM logoIn honor of Black History Month, Mayor Lovely Warren, and the city’s Black Heritage Committee, have announced a month-long program of events to celebrate black heritage, officials said.

In addition, the theme will be “A Century of Black History, Life and Culture,” in an effort to recognize the 100th Anniversary of Black History Month.

According to officials, the schedule of events will be as follows:

• MLK Youth Day Summit
In partnership with the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, and Youth Voice One Vision, this event is targeted to youth leadership groups, with a focus on race and activism. This event is free, but tickets and advanced registration are required. Contact Jackie Campbell at to register and obtain a ticket.
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24
Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave.

• 50 Ancestors Reception
A celebration of 150 African Americans who have contributed to the Greater Rochester area, featuring youth and adult artists.
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

• 3rd Annual Black Heritage Conference.
Conference Theme: Black Male Achievement; Keynote Presenter: David Miller, author of “Dare to be King.” City Council President Loretta Scott will be the moderator.
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut St.
Tickets: $10 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).

• An Evening of Art & Jazz
A reception for the Black History Month art exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery, which will be on display from Feb. 2 through March 23. Hosted by David Haygood Jr., and featuring youth and adult artists.
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 5
City Hall Link Gallery and Atrium, 30 Church St.

• Gospel Fridays
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St., 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrating an important tradition of black heritage with local choir performances.
o Friday, Feb. 6, 15th Tabernacle Choir, Church of God and Saints of Christ Church
o Friday, Feb. 13, Julius Dicks and Company
o Friday, Feb. 20, special guest choir to be announced.
o Friday, Feb. 27, Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget’s Church Choir

• Heritage Gospel Concert
Featuring Akoma and Voices of Thunder’s annual joint gospel songfest to support scholarships for graduating high school seniors
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15
First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.

• Black Heritage Story Telling and Book Reading
12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18
David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.

• DRYS Youth Kings and Queens Showcase: “A Walk through Time”
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 19 Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

• Food Tasting Event
In partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results) 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20 City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

• 13th Annual Black Heritage Gala
6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 120 East Main St.
Tickets: $55 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).
The Black Heritage Month (BHM) Committee is a group of 14 city of Rochester employees who meet year-round to plan events and projects throughout the year. For more information, call (585) 428-9857 or send an email to