Black History Month

Black History Month 2021

Every February, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners celebrate Black History Month by highlighting the lasting contributions and positive influence of Black Americans in the Central Florida community.

This year, out of an abundance of caution, we have moved our celebration online through a series of virtual workshops and panel discussions which will highlight this year’s theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity. This event is a depiction of the city’s continued commitment to inclusion, respect and diversity. 

Past Workshops

  • Session 1: Education and Mentoring Leaders of Tomorrow
    Discussion on historical barriers to educational attainment in the African American community as well as effective interventions such as mentoring to begin closing this opportunity gap.
  • Session 2: Health and Nutrition: Rooted in History Through Food
    A cooking demonstration of Hebni Nutrition Consultant’s Golden Glazed Chicken. Engage in a Q&A on how to prepare this soulful yet healthy dish and become empowered to stay heathy while keeping our cultural identity alive.
  • Session 3: Black Mental Health Matters
    This virtual event will feature live performances, a powerhouse panel, small group discussions and more as we work together to start some important conversations about mental health and Black families.
  • Session 4: Faith and Spirituality
    Faith and spirituality has been one of the most powerful forces to move and motive Black people. This event will feature a panel discussion of speakers from different backgrounds and experiences. Our goal is to affirm and celebrate these similarities and differences.
  • Session 5: Family Storytelling: Keep your history alive!
    Valada Flewellyn, a local author and poet/storyteller, shares her story, and offers helpful suggestions of ways you can share and encourage storytelling in your family.
  • Session 7: What's Up Downtown: Empowerment of Black Entrepreneurs
    African American entrepreneurs are crucial to the economic health of the nation’s economy. Join us for a virtual panel regarding the state of empowerment and growth of African American entrepreneurs.

Chicken parts:

  • 1 package of boneless thighs, drumsticks, leg quarters, or chicken tenderloins
  • Lightly salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 large bell pepper sliced in strips
  • 1 bag cut carrots, baby carrots or juliene carrots
  • 2 tsp garlic minced or 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 small container fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 can golden mushroom sauce
  • Water

Clean and rinse and drain chicken. Season chicken with salt pepper and garlic powder. Place in a roasting pan and bake until chicken is almost done for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove to add sauce and place back in oven until chicken is completely done. 

To make sauce:

  1. Place oil in hot skillet, add onions, bell pepper, carrots and garlic .
  2. Cook over medium high heat until vegetables become soft for about 4 minutes. 
  3. Add 1 can of mushroom soup, and fresh mushrooms. 
  4. Add an additional can of water from the soup can before discarding. 
  5. Pour water over mixture, stir and simmer on low heat. Once mixture comes together pour over chicken and place back in the oven to continue cooking.

Serve hot with brown rice or roasted potatoes. 


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