This February will mark the 40th anniversary of the celebration of Black History Month.  This national holiday emerged as a way to bring light to social discrimination, racial tension and the rich history of African Americans.  

Across the country people will come together for parades and events to help celebrate the month.  For students interested in partaking in the celebrations in Orlando, these February events revolve around Black History Month.

African  American Art Exhibit

Location: Orange County Administration building; 201 S. Rosalind Ave.

When: All of February

Throughout February the OCA building will be showcasing prominent African American art.

Black History Month Celebration Luncheon

Location: Out front of the OCA building; 201 S. Rosalind Ave.

When: Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Orange County Government employees are hosting, this event that includes live music, reenactments, food and clothing vendors.  Admission is free.

100 Years of Hannibal Square: Historic and Contemporary Photographs of West Winter Park Exhibition   

Location: Orange County Regional History Center; 65 East Central Blvd

When: Now until Feb. 21

An exhibit showcasing the rich history of Hannibal Square, a prominent African American community in Orlando’s history.


Zora Festival

Location: Eatonville

When: Now until Jan. 31

A month long festival honoring the life and works of Zora Neale Hurston, a prominent African American figure in Central Florida.  The celebration will include celebrity speakers, food and clothing vendors, and several concert stages.

Florida Black History Essay and Art contest

The state is sponsoring an essay and art contest centered around influential African American figures throughout Florida’s history open to grades 4-12.  The deadline for submissions is January 25.

 Black History Month is a time to reflect on the dark social history that stains America’s past, but it is also a time to celebrate the equality and social unity that has emerged from those struggles.   

By Carston Carasella

Hey, my name's Carston, and I'm a second year staffer at BoonePubs. My motto is fake it 'till you make it, and I love the movie Big Trouble in Little China. I'd love to travel to Minorca because that's where my ancestors are from. Some of my hobbies include working at the always wonderful Panera Bread, and writing. My hidden talent is that I can play guitar, and I wishfully hope to one day become mayor of Portland.

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