Black Heritage Month

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Celebrating Black History

In honor of Black History Month each year, Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the City’s Black Heritage Committee host a month-long program of events to celebrate our nation’s black heritage.

2017 Event Schedule 

City Hall Gospel Hour(s)
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.
Celebrating Gospel music as an important tradition of Black Heritage.  Local choirs will perform.

  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.,  Wednesday, February 1, Leadership Academy for Young Men
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.,  Wednesday, February 8, Omega Male Select Choir
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 15, School of the Arts Gospel Choir & Jazz Band
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, Julius Dicks & Company
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, School #19 Strings for Success / Center for Youth

An Evening of Art & Jazz
A reception for the Black History Month art exhibit in the City Hall Link Gallery, which will be on display from Feb. 1 through March 14. Hosted by David Haygood, Jr., and featuring youth and adult artists.
5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 2
City Hall Link Gallery and Atrium, 30 Church St.

Black Heritage Story Telling and Book Reading
City Recreation R-Centers give special attention to learning about the contributions and history of African Americans.  Community readers and Afrocentric storytellers provide youth ages 12 and under an afternoon of stories and interactive fun.
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, February 23
David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St. 

Food Tasting Event
In partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results)
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 24
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.

Heritage Gospel Concert
Featuring Akoma and Voices of Thunder’s annual joint gospel songfest to support scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, March 4 
First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.

Youth Junior Gala
An evening of information, entertainment, networking and fun for youths in the Rochester community. This unique idea was established to assist youths in their development through networking and sharing their voice, with regards to issues that affect African American heritage and their futures.
6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 3
Edgerton R-Center
Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street
FREE - Preregistration required at any R-Center by Feb. 24.

15th Annual Black Heritage Gala
6 p.m.  to midnight, Saturday, March 11
Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main Street.
Tickets: $60 per person - can be purchased from City Hall, Room 100-A.


The Black Heritage Committee is a group of 24 City of Rochester employees who meet year-round to plan events and projects throughout the year.  Black Heritage Committee members: Rosalind Brooks-Harris; Condenessa Brown; Jackie Campbell (retired); Tynise Edwards; Lynette Griffin; David Haygood, Jr.; Tymothi Howard; Kim Jones; Anthony Jordan; Montina Langston; Paris McGruder; Leonard Merritt; Constance Mitchell-Jefferson; Darlene Rogers ; Loretta Scott; Sandra Simon; Nathaniel Smith; Donald Starver; Angelica Stringer; Caroline Thomas; Sara Valencia; Gloria Ward (retired); Hazel Washington; and Carol Wheeler.

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