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Black History Month 2023: Exciting Events in the Tampa Bay Area


Celebrating Black History Month in the Tampa Bay Area: Events and Celebrations

Black History Month is in full swing, and celebrations are happening all across the Tampa Bay area to honor the contributions and legacies of Black and African Americans throughout history. From cultural performances to educational events, there is something for everyone to enjoy and learn from.

In Pasco County, the ZuZu African Acrobats will be showcasing the 2,000-year-old Bantu culture of East Africa with a mesmerizing show at the Pasco Hernando State College Instructional Performing Arts Center on February 13th. The interactive performance includes human pyramids, dish spinning, contortion, and more.

In Hillsborough County, the Rays Racial Equity Grant Program and After Jackie Film Screening will kick off Black History Month on February 2nd at the Tampa Theatre. The Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund will be accepting applications for the annual grant program, while also screening the UNINTERRUPTED film After Jackie. Additionally, the UNCF Tampa Bay Black History Month 5K Walk for Education on February 11th will celebrate historic leaders who have paved the way for education in minority youth.

The celebrations continue with the USF Black Faculty & Staff Annual Welcome Breakfast on February 16th, the 2023 Publix Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival on February 18th, and the 5th Annual Black History Program at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay on February 24th. The Living History Saturday event at the Tampa Bay History Center on February 25th will highlight the history of the Rogers Park Golf Course, while The African Roots of American Cuisine event at the Sulphur Springs Museum on February 26th will explore the journey of African foods in American kitchens.

In Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg is honoring African American pioneers with their Black History St. Pete Stories series throughout the month. Additionally, the Collards After Dark event at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve on February 17th will feature a dialogue with Dr. Martha Bireda and a southern prepared meal under the stars.

The St. Petersburg Black History Bike Tour on February 25th will offer a 5-mile tour of the city’s African American history, followed by lunch at Chief’s Creole Cafe. The ASALH Celebration and Dinner at the University Student Center USF St. Pete on the same day will feature filmmaker Valerie Scoon screening her film, Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots.

In Polk County, the 5th Black Heritage Golf Tournament at the Cleveland Heights Golf Course on February 25th will support student scholarships through the Central Florida Development Council.

As Black History Month continues, these events in the Tampa Bay area provide opportunities for education, celebration, and reflection on the rich history and contributions of Black and African Americans.

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