Black History Month Trailblazers Unveiled With Annual Calendar

The month of February is a time to reflect on black history makers in the community. For twenty-eight days African Americans are saluted for their victories, history and legacy. Recently the Jacksonville Public Library hosted the 30th annual unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar. For decades the Black History Calendar has served as a timely keepsake and a reminder to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans while honoring local heroes. 

In addition to local trailblazers, the calendar also highlights outstanding students of color. Each student shares their view of the city and hopes for its’ future.
In honor of Black History Month, copies of the calendar will be available for free at library branch locations. The calendars are used in homes, schools, libraries, churches, businesses, and organizations throughout Jacksonville, as well as selected cities across the nation. The calendars are filled with historical and important information and interested citizens can view the past calendars from 1989 – 2018 in the library’s digital collection. 
“There needs to be more youth programs so that young people can see that it is not the world versus them.  There are people who will mentor them if only the youth will reach back to those who are reaching out,” said Englewood 9th grader Ja’Hann Hannor in the calendar.  The artwork and contents are kept confidential throughout the creative process until it is revealed to the community at the annual unveiling.
The calendar originated in 1989 through the collaborative efforts of the late Clovia Russell of AT&T and Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D., of Florida State College at Jacksonville, former Board of Library Trustees chair, who was actively involved as calendar advisor since its inception. Jacksonville Public Library staff began participating on the calendar committee in 2007.

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