Where Black History is recognized Every Month!
As our season comes to a close, we would like to showcase a recap of all the events we were able to host, participate in and showcase throughout the last year!
Last November we opened our “More Complete American History” Exhibit ‘Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow’. The exhibit has been at Voices of Pensacola and the Artel Gallery, servicing many visitors and educating the public on the Jim Crow Era.
In December we continued our Black Music Heritage Series with an Afro-Caribbean Jazz performance at the Linda Evans Memorial Pavilion featuring jazz pianist Gino Rosaria and his band.
In celebration of Black History Month we hosted retired U.S. Ambassador Cindy Courville, the first African American woman U.S. Ambassador to the African Union. She gave a presentation on her experiences and answered audience questions.
In March we held the first meeting of the Black History Book Club as we read “Caste” by Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson.
In honor of Women’s History month we also co-hosted, along with the Pensacola branch of the National League of American Pen Women, “Blue’s Women: The First Civil Rights Workers” featuring South Florida Jazz Hall of Famer, Dr. Joan Cartwright.
We collaborated with the Florida Emancipation Day Project to create a public service video commemorating Emancipation Day (May 20, 1865), the day all enslaved people in Florida were officially freed, shown throughout the state.
Following May’s Emancipation Day, we co-sponsored Pensacola’s Inagural Juneteenth Festival, an all day event featuring a workshop by percussionist Mr. Bradley Simmons, a theatrical performance of “Harriet” by Kisha Kenyatta and a musical performance by Lepoleon Williams.
To close out the season we participated in a ceremony celebrating Pensacola’s rich history through the Middle Passage at a Historic Marker downtown at De Luna Square. We honored the lives of enslaved African people brought to Pensacola via the Middle Passage.
|Finally we had our Seventh Annual Heritage Scholar’s Program July 9 with students of The Freedom School of Pensacola continuing our legacy of educating Pensacola’s youth on African American History!|