Black History Month Events Around Tampa
Black History month in the United States starts on February 1st and runs for the duration of the month. It is an annual celebration of the achievements of African Americans and is also a time we can recognize the central role of African Americans throughout history.
Gallery on the Avenue at Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library
James Vann: Art & Soul l February 3 – 27, 2020
Experience the style and look of musical masterpieces on canvas. James Vann feels strongly about preserving the legacy of jazz music and keeps it alive through his Neo-Cubist paintings. Characterized by big, bright and bold geometric shapes, Vann’s paintings make you see and feel the music. The exhibit is located in the front lobby and is open during hours of operation
In addition to the public art display the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library is pleased to feature a small art gallery, sponsored by the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Library Foundation, featuring local African American artists.
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These trails offer a walking tour through downtown neighborhoods in St. Petersburg. They are available for groups, individuals, and classes and provide an overview of some of the African American influence on the city.
Starting in February, there are galas and festivals taking place in Plant City, which is just a short drive from the Tampa area.
On Friday, February 7th, the 17th Annual Plant City Black Heritage Gala and Banquet will be held with keynote speaker, the Honorable Lesley “Les” Miller.
On Saturday, February 8th, the 15th Annual Black Heritage Jazz Festival will take place. This festival features Wright’s Jazz Stars and is at the Robert W. Willsford Train Museum in Plant City, Florida.
On Sunday, February 9th, you can attend the Black Heritage Gospel Concert featuring Mt. Olive Baptist Church Choir and others to be announced.
4. Black Violin
On Thursday, February 20th, you can experience the Black Violin Event at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts located in Tampa, Florida. You will experience mashups of classical and hip-hop music with string instruments and turntables. If you are interested in this event, it is recommended to purchase your tickets early as this event often sells out when Black Violin is in Tampa.
This event takes place on February 29th and is hosted by West Shore Plaza. The event takes place between 1 pm and 5 pm and is a celebration of Black Heritage today and beyond. You can celebrate through dance and music and take part in different workshops throughout the day.
Here you can find a new exhibit to explore, “Civil Rights in the Sunshine State.” This exhibit features text and historic photos telling of Florida history. You can also visit some of the permanent exhibits at the museum including “Spring Hill.” It is a three-panel exhibit on the history of the African American neighborhood of Sulphur Springs during the segregation era.
Known as the Father of Black History Month, this museum under Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s name is a cultural institution in St. Petersburg, Florida. They exhibit artwork from African American artists and host a variety of events.
Some of the permanent collection, renderings of some the most celebrated individuals of the 20th Century to include:
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson
- Mary McLeod Bethune
- Malcolm X
- Langston Hughes
- Maya Angelou
- James Weldon Johnson
Upcoming Event at Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum:
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This is a screening taking place at C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Tampa. The screening is on February 11 between 5:30 and 7:30, followed by a discussion. In this film, descendants of the victims and perpetrators of lynching work together to begin healing a violent history.
As you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate Black History Month and experience the amazing cultural influence in Tampa, Florida. From walking tours to festivals, music, and more, there is something for everyone of all ages to enjoy.
So, don’t hesitate, schedule out your fun for the entire month early on, so you don’t have to miss a thing.