Orlando City Council Proclaim February as Black History Month

Last updated on February 01, 2022

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council Proclaim February as Black History Month in the City of Orlando
In-person and virtual events planned to recognize the month

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and the Orlando City Council have proclaimed February as Black History Month in the City of Orlando. The month provides the opportunity to celebrate the lasting contributions that Black Americans have made to the United States, Florida and Orlando.

During Black History Month, the City of Orlando will host in-person and virtual events for the community to participate in, including educational workshops, a signature celebration and art exhibitions. The events will highlight this year’s Black History Month theme of Black health and wellness, and encourage advocacy, empowerment and upward mobility.

The Black History Month recognition is part of the City of Orlando’s commitment to working to create a welcoming, inclusive community for all.

To see the City of Orlando Black History Month proclamation, click here.

For more information, please visit Orlando.gov/BHM.


Monday, February 7, 2022
2 p.m. - City of Orlando’s Black History Month Proclamation Presentation
Orlando City Council Meeting, City Hall, Council Chambers, 400 South Orange Avenue

Orlando City Council and the City of Orlando’s Black History Month Steering Committee will proclaim February as Black History Month in the City of Orlando.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022
6 p.m. - City of Orlando’s Black History Month Signature Event
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 445 South Magnolia Avenue

The annual Black History Month Signature Event celebrates the lasting contributions and positive influence of Black Americans in our Central Florida community. This event will include City of Orlando Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome, a keynote address from Dr. Kideste Yusef from Bethune-Cookman University’s Department of Justice and Political Studies, performances and food.

Thursday, February 17, 2022
11:30 a.m. - Virtual Panel Discussion: Building Health Equity
Virtual Meeting

This panel discussion will explore systems of equity being incorporated into the healthcare system.


Tuesday, February 22, 2022
5:30 p.m. - Opening Reception of “Quilts, Photography, & Folk Art: Intergenerational Stories”
CityArts Gallery, 39 South Magnolia Avenue

Mayor Dyer will join District 5 City Commissioner Regina I. Hill, District 6 City Commissioner Bakari F. Burns, the Downtown Arts District, the Hannibal Square Heritage Center and residents at the opening reception of the “Quilts, Photography, & Folk Art: Intergenerational Stories” art exhibition. The exhibition showcases the work of local folk artists, a Quilt exhibition by Crealdé School of Art and photographs from Parramore Storytellers, which highlight downtown Orlando's historically Black community.

Thursday, February 24, 2022
8:30 a.m. - What's Up Downtown: Life in the Village
Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Institutional Church, 535 West Washington Street

The first What’s Up Downtown of 2022 will celebrate Black History Month with a focus on Parramore. A panel discussion will offer insights into the past, present and future of Parramore, sharing how the village was shaped by education, entrepreneurship and faith-based leadership.

Reservations and information: https://www.downtownorlando.com/Fun/Events/Whats-Up-Downtown-Life-in-the-Village

Thursday, February 24, 2022
7 p.m. - Virtual Panel: Advocacy and Change Making: Start Where You Are / Use What You Have
Virtual Meeting

This panel discussion will share ways residents can become involved in advocacy and opportunities for them to make a difference. Topics will include how to get involved with local government, voting and making change.

Reservations: https://orlando-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XxNVI8uAQe6z6NUjChRcCw

February 7 - May 29, 2022
“Uprooting Prejudice, Faces of Change” Exhibition
Terrace Gallery, Orlando City Hall, 400 South Orange Avenue

The Terrace Gallery at City Hall will host an exhibition with photos from photographer John Noltner, part of the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida’s collection. The photographs were taken in Minneapolis following the killing of George Floyd.



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