Silver Anniversary of the City of Tampa Black History Celebration - Event pays homage to those who paved the way

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The Silver Anniversary of the City of Tampa Black History Celebration will take place on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. The event, hosted by the City of Tampa Black History Committee, Inc. (COTBHC), will be held at the Tampa Convention Center - Ballroom B, 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.

The celebration’s theme is "25 Years of Excellence." This program will highlight the accomplishments of city employees, the efforts of the COTBHC, and the unity that can be found within diversity. Joining Mayor Bob Buckhorn on the program will be Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick. Rod Carter, News Anchor for WFLA Channel 8, will serve as the emcee for the event.

During the celebration, the City of Tampa Gospel Choir will thrill the audience with a wide range of musical styles. The newly formed gospel choir will be directed by Mr. Steve Marshall. Mr. Isaac Ruffin, a nationally known musician, will accompany the gospel choir with his band. Ardail "Sam" Allen will also perform during the celebration. Prior to the celebration, there will be a free community expo in Ballroom A.

The Silver Anniversary of the Tampa Black History Celebration will be cablecast live on City of Tampa Television (CTTV). CTTV can be found on Bright House Networks Channel 615 and Channel 15 on Verizon FiOS. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Since 1988, through various programs and events, the COTBHC has been instrumental in helping Tampa reclaim its rich past. It in turn uses that reclaimed heritage as a foundation for community uplift, recognition of City of Tampa employees, African-American history, and scholastic achievement.

For more information about the program, please contact Frank Crum at (813) 274-7032 or via email at; or Lenoir Russell at (813) 274-7980 or via email at