January 24, 2011 –
(ORLANDO, FL) - Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Orlando City
Council, the Orlando Magic and the City of Orlando’s Celebrate
Black History Committee are pleased to announce a variety of
events to commemorate Black History Month.
Known nationally as Black History Month, the month of February
is dedicated to honoring the achievements of African-Americans
and their lasting impact on our nation’s history.
Below is a list of this year’s Black History Month events:
Thursday, February 17, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
African-American Business Expo
Amway Center, 400 West Church Street
The FREE Expo will provide an opportunity for business owners to
network with one another and learn from industry experts and
various economic development organizations about how to start
and/or grow their business. Topics include state and local
business incentive programs, available space for lease in
Downtown Orlando and other small business assistance programs.
Attendance at the African-American Business Expo is free for
business owners but space is limited. Please RSVP to Desnee
Young (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407.246.3306) or Ana
Diaz-Coffey (email@example.com or 407.246.3396).
Businesses interested in showcasing their services during the
Expo are invited to purchase a booth at a cost of $40. Contact
Desnee Young at 407.246.3306 or Ana Diaz-Coffey at 407.246.3396
for details and booth registration information.
Monday, February 21, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Africa-American Storytelling Event
City Hall Rotunda, 400 South Orange Avenue
The FREE, family-friendly African-American storytelling
event includes face painting, African dance performances, crafts
for children and refreshments.
Monday, February 28, 2:00 pm
Presentation of Scholarship
City Council Chambers, 400 South Orange Avenue, 2nd floor
Mayor Dyer, the Orlando City Council and the Orlando Magic will
present the first $1,000 Black History Month scholarship to a
local high school senior during the City Council meeting. The
award is based on 1200-word written essays submitted on the
topic, “Coming Home – The Importance of Giving Back to