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City of Tampa celebrates family unity during Black History Month

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The City of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. (COTBHC) is inviting the community to recognize and honor the contributions of African Americans to Tampa’s past, present, and future at the 36th Annual City of Tampa Black History Celebration.

On Friday, February 16, at 11 a.m. inside Tampa Convention Center – Ballroom D (333 S. Franklin Street), residents across Tampa Bay and guests to the area can join City employees, City administrators, and Tampa City Council for this free, community event.

This year’s theme, “Family Unity:  Rooted in Wisdom,”  places a spotlight on the significance of family traditions, the resilience within family-owned businesses, and the importance of community service. During the celebration, COTBHC will spotlight a combination of organizations and local residents who promote and illuminate revered family traditions. The honorees are Dr. Antoinette Jackson - African American Burial Grounds & Remembering Project, Candy Lowe-Jones - Black Business Bus Tour, Jack and Jill of America – Tampa Bay Chapter, Kiva Williams - Mahogany Kids Fine Arts Foundation and Norma Robinson - Sulphur Springs Museum.

Dalia Dangerfield, Bay News 9 Anchor/Reporter, is the mistress of ceremonies. COTBHC Honoree Kiva Williams, founder of the Mahogany Kids Fine Arts Foundation and creator of The Fun Foodie Mama, will deliver the keynote address. Guests will be entertained by the poetry of J. Jackson.

The 36th Annual City of Tampa Black History Celebration is made possible through the generous support of TECO Energy, Busch Gardens, the Tampa Convention Center, and the City of Tampa.

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The City of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. is a non-profit organization comprised of current and retired City of Tampa employees. The volunteer group is dedicated to promoting African American history, the importance of diversity, and scholastic achievement.