28th Annual City of Tampa Black History Celebration Event pays tribute to African American music legends

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The 28th Annual City of Tampa Black History Celebration will take place on Monday, February 8th at 11 a.m. The program’s theme is “Celebrating the Power of Music: Past and Present.” The event hosted by City of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. (COTBHC), will be held at the Tampa Convention Center - Ballroom C, located at 333 South Franklin Street. This community-oriented event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the Tampa Convention Center Garage.

This celebration emphasizes the contributions that black music has made to American culture. Throughout the celebration, exceptional musicians and performers with a connection to Tampa will be recognized.

Joining Mayor Bob Buckhorn on the program will be Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick. The keynote address will be delivered by Lyman A. Brodie, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Professor of the Music at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Entertainment will include performances from students attending Robles Elementary and Rampello K-8 Magnet School.

Prior to the celebration, attendees will meet grass roots organizations, entrepreneurs, and corporate citizens that encourage social and economic empowerment at the Black History Expo. The expo will begin at 10:15 a.m. in Ballroom D of the Tampa Convention Center.

The 28th Annual City of Tampa Black History Celebration will be cablecast live on City of Tampa Television (CTTV). CTTV can be found on Bright House Networks Channel 640 and Channel 15 on Verizon FiOS. Refreshments will be served following the program.

The City of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. is a non-profit organization that promotes Tampa’s rich heritage and encourages scholastic achievement. Find us on Instagram and Twitter @COTBHC. For more information about the program, please contact Venus Martinez at 813-274-8682 or via e-mail at cotbhc@gmail.com.