Black History Month Launched with 29th Calendar Unveiling

The Downtown Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library recently hosted the 29th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar. For decades the Black History Calendar has served as a reminder to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans throughout the year.

In February, the calendar will be available for free at library branch locations throughout the city.

The calendar originated in 1989 through the collaborative efforts of the late Clovia Russell of AT&T and Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D., who is a former Board of Library Trustees chair and was actively involved as calendar advisor since its inception. This years calendar pays tribute to veterans of all ages and includes local students who wrote the features in tribute to those who have served our country.  Shown below unveiling the “African American, in Times of War” 2018 Black History calendar l-r is Camille Lee Johnson, (K Franchisee), Dr. Monica Franklin (FSCJ), Hazel Gillis (ASALH), Joy Purdy (WJXT), Jennifer Giltrop (JPL) and Bill Thompson (BK Franchisee).

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