Tallahassee Hosts Final Black History Month Event Today

The city of Tallahassee’s Black History Month Festival is ending its month-long celebration with a bang.

The Black History Month Festival Finale will be held Monday, Feb. 28, from 4 – 8 p.m. at two locations: the Smith-Williams Service Center and the Walker Ford Community Center.

The event is free and will consist of leading black history organization and honorees from the Tallahassee Community College’s 2011 African-American History Calendar.

Priscilla Hawkins, festival program coordinator, said the purpose of the event is to honor organizations that are making a difference within the community.

“We want to give local youngsters and adults an opportunity to meet and greet people of note on a one-on-one basis,” said said Hawkins.

Hawkins said while students should know about renowned trailblazers in black history, it is even more important to meet history-makers right here in the community.

The festival will also consist of food, face painting, vendors and live entertainment. The entertainment portion will come from Joe Bullard (96.1 FM), DJ Dap (102.FM) and Jay Green (Heaven 1410) of Cumulus Broadcasting.

Hawkins said, while this festival formally ends black history month’s festivities, it does not end the celebration of black history.