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City to Hold Black History Month Events

By Staff

 

city black hereitageMayor Lovely Warren and the city’s Black Heritage Committee will host a month-long program of events to celebrate our nation’s black heritage in honor of Black History Month.

According to the city’s website, the following is the event schedule for 2016:

  • City Hall Gospel Hour(s)
    City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.
    School of the Arts Gospel Choir and Jazz Band will perform from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 24.
  • An Evening of Art and Jazz
    A Black History Month art exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery will be on display from Feb. 1 through March 14, hosted by David Haygood Jr., featuring youth and adult artists.
  • Black Heritage Story Telling and Book Reading 
    City Recreation R-Centers will give special attention to learning about the contributions, and history, of African Americans. Community readers, and Afrocentric storytellers, will provide youth ages 12 and under an afternoon of stories and interactive fun from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.
  • Food Tasting Event
    In partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results), the event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 26, in the City Hall Atrium, at 30 Church St.
  • Heritage Gospel Concert
    Featuring Akoma and Voices of Thunder’s annual joint gospel songfest to support scholarships for graduating high school seniors. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.
  • Black Male Achievement Conference 
    The conference will feature speakers, and workshops, dedicated to increasing black male achievement, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5 at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut St.
    Tickets: $15 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).
  • Youth Junior Gala
    An evening of information, entertainment, networking and fun for youths in the Rochester community. This unique idea was established to assist youths in their development through networking and sharing their voice, with regards to issues that affect African American heritage, and their futures. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 11 at the Edgerton R-Center Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus St. The cost is FREE – Preregistration required at any R-Center by Feb. 4.
  • 14th Annual Black Heritage Gala
    The event will take place from 6 p.m.  to midnight, Saturday, March 19, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 East Main St. Tickets: $55 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).
  • 150 Ancestors Reception
    A celebration to recognize 150 African Americans who have contributed to the Greater Rochester community area, from the early 1800’s to the present, will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, at the City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

The Black Heritage Committee is a group of 24 City of Rochester employees who meet year-round to plan events, and projects throughout the year. Committee members include Rosalind Brooks-Harris; Condenessa Brown; Jackie Campbell (retired); Tynise Edwards; Lynette Griffin; David Haygood, Jr.; Tymothi Howard; Kim Jones; Anthony Jordan; Montina Langston; Paris McGruder; Leonard Merritt; Constance Mitchell-Jefferson; Darlene Rogers ; Loretta Scott; Sandra Simon; Nathaniel Smith; Donald Starver; Angelica Stringer; Caroline Thomas; Sara Valencia; Gloria Ward (retired); Hazel Washington; and Carol Wheeler.

Call 428-9857, or email blackheritage@cityofrochester.gov, for additional information regarding the events.