Black Heritage Month

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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.

2016 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.

  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.,  Wednesday, February 3, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Omega Select Chorus and The Bronze Collective - An African-American Theatrical Group
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.,  Tuesday, February 9, MLK Commission Gospel Ensemble
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, School of the Arts Gospel Choir & Jazz Band

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 4
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., Wednesday, February 17
David F. Gantt R-Center, 700 North St.

Food Tasting Event
In partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results)
5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 26
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, February 27
First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.

Black Male Achievement Conference
Conference will feature speakers and workshops dedicated to increasing black male achievement.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5
Rochester Educational Opportunity Center (REOC), 161 Chestnut Street
Tickets: $15 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).

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 8:30 p.m., Friday, March 11
Edgerton R-Center
Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street
FREE - Preregistration required at any R-Center by Feb. 4th.

14th Annual Black Heritage Gala
6 p.m.  to midnight, Saturday, March 19
Hyatt Regency Hotel, 125 East Main Street
Tickets: $55 per person (purchase at City Hall, 30 Church St., room 100A).

150 Ancestors Reception
A celebration to recognize 150 African Americans who have contributed to the Greater Rochester community area, from the early 1800’s to the present.
5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31
City Hall Atrium, 30 Church St.


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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