Black Heritage Month


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.

2018 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 7,  School of the Arts Gospel Choir & Jazz Band
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.,  Wednesday, February 21, Eastman School of Music Student Perfomances
  • 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 28, Omega Male Select Choir

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 1
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 22
Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St. 

Food Tasting Event
In partnership with STAR, Inc. (Sisters Together Achieving Results)
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, February 16
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, Feb. 17 
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 2
Edgerton R-Center
Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street
FREE - Preregistration required at any R-Center by Feb. 23.

15th Annual Black Heritage Gala
Music By Shine - 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 10
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 21 City of Rochester employees who meet year-round to plan events and projects throughout the year.  Black Heritage Committee members: Loretta C. Scott (City Council President and BHC Chair); Leonard L. Merritt (Co-Vice Chair); Hazel Washington (Co-Vice Chair); Condenessa Brown (Recording Secretary); Rosalind Brooks-Harris; Barbara Campbell; Jacqueline D. Campbell (retired); Tynise Y. Edwards; David E. Haygood, Jr.; Tymothi Howard; Curtis Joiner; Kim D. Jones; Montina Langston; Constance Mitchell-Jefferson; Jermayne Myers; Kiah Nyame; Darlene D. Rogers ; Sandra J. Simon; Caroline Thomas; Bridgette Burch White; and Carol Wheeler.

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