§ What: 22nd Annual Black Heritage Celebration
§ When: Thurs., Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
§ Where: Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, corner of Kennedy Boulevard and Pierce Street in Tampa
The stage is set to host Hillsborough County’s 22nd Annual Black Heritage Celebration on Thursday, February 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will take place at Joe Chillura Courthouse Square, located across from the County Center at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in downtown Tampa. The event is open to the public and admission is free.
This year’s theme is “Overcoming Adversity, Celebrating Diversity” and features a variety of performers and dignitaries gathering for food, music, fellowship and a tribute to the County’s first black employee: Maxine Douglas. County Administrator Mike Merrill will present the honoree with the annual Legacy Award – a tradition recognizing the character and contributions of an African-American employee of Hillsborough County.
In observance of Black History Month, the 22nd Annual Black Heritage Celebration will pay homage to a woman who made local history by helping to break down color barriers in Hillsborough County. Some facts about Maxine Douglas:
· Employed by the Board of County Commissioners from 1965 to 1979.
· Passed the Civil Service exam to work as clerk-typist for a weekly salary of $235.
· Recommended for employment by C. Blythe Andrews and Commissioner Elbert Moore.
· Former secretary for legendary Afro-Cuban Attorney Francisco A. Rodriguez.
· 2013 winner of Living Bridge award from the Hillsborough County Chapter of the NAACP.
Hillsborough County’s 22nd Annual Black Heritage Celebration will feature a roster of uplifting live entertainment, including: the Blake High School Jazz Band; Tampa Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America; Singer Janice Nunn Nelson; Marshall Middle School Gentlemen’s Quest; West Tampa Head Start; and the Faith Temple Dance Troupe. Local leaders will also attend, and lunch will be served in the park. Columnist and Editor Ernest Hooper of the Tampa Bay Times will serve as emcee.
The Black Heritage Celebration is hosted by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Black Heritage Celebration Committee. Sponsors include Bright House Networks, Florida Sentinel Bulletin, Oriental Fish Company, and Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.
For more information on the 22nd Annual Black Heritage Celebration, call 813-276-2637 or visit the Office of Community Affairs online at www.HillsboroughCount.org/CommunityAffairs.