Black Heritage Month 2015

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In honor of Black History Month, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the City’s Black Heritage Committee will host a month-long program of events to celebrate our nation’s black heritage. This year’s theme is “A Century of Black History, Life and Culture,” to recognize the 100th Anniversary of Black History Month.

Event Schedule

MLK Youth Day Summit
In partnership with the Greater Rochester Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission and Youth Voice One Vision, this event is targeted to youth leadership groups, with a focus on race and activism.  This is a ticketed event and advanced registration required. Contact Jackie Campbell at
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Central Library, Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Avenue

150 Ancestors Reception
A celebration to recognize of 150 African Americans who have contributed to the Greater Rochester community area, from the early 1800’s to the present.
5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, January 29
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

3rd Annual Black Heritage Conference
Conference Theme: Black Male Achievement; Keynote Presenter:  David Miller, author of “Dare to be King.” City Council President Loretta Scott will be the moderator. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, January 31
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut Street
Tickets: $10 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).

An Evening of Art & Jazz
A reception for the Black History Month art exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery, which will be on display from Feb. 2 through March 23. Hosted by David Haygood, Jr., and featuring youth and adult artists.
5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 5
City Hall Link Gallery and Atrium, 30 Church St.

Gospel Fridays
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St., 12:30 to 1 p.m.
Celebrating an important tradition of Black Heritage with local choir performances.

  • Friday, February 6, 15th Tabernacle Choir, Church of God and Saints of Christ Church
  • Friday, February 13, Julius Dicks and Company
  • Friday, February 20, Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Male Chorus
  • Friday, February 27, Immaculate Conception/St. Bridget’s Church Choir

Black Heritage Story Telling and Book Reading
Noon to 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 18
David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.

DRYS Youth Kings & Queens Showcase:  “A Walk Through Time”
3 4:30 p.m., Thursday, February 19
Thomas P. Ryan R-Center, 530 Webster Ave.

Heritage Gospel Concert (rescheduled from February 15) Featuring Akoma and Voices of Thunder’s annual joint gospel songfest to support scholarships for graduating high school seniors
6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, February 22
First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.

 Food Tasting Event
In partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results)
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 20
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

NEW: School of the Arts Concert
The School of the Arts Concert Choir and Senior Jazz Ensemble will perform musical selections at City Hall
12:15 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 25
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

13th Annual Black Heritage Gala
6 p.m., Saturday, February 28
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 East Main Street
Tickets: $55 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).

The Black Heritage Month (BHM) Committee is a group of 14 City of Rochester employees who meet year-round to plan events and projects throughout the year.  Black Heritage Committee members: Jackie Campbell (Chair); David Haygood (Co-Chair); Lynette Griffin; Tymothi Howard; Kim Jones (Treasurer); Tony Jordan; Montina Langston; Leonard Merritt; Loretta C. Scott; Sandra Simon; Sara Valencia; Gloria Ward (retired); Hazel Washington; and Carol Wheeler.


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