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.

2020 Event Schedule

An Evening of Art & Jazz and Food Tasting

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. The exhibit will be featuring youth and adult artists. In partnership with STAR, Inc (Sisters Together Achieving Results) .

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 7 - City Hall Link Gallery and 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. 15 - First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave. 

Black Heritage Committee & Garth Fagan Dance Community Celebration

  • 6 to 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29 - the Hochstein School, 50 N. Plymouth Ave. 
  • Tickets required: $25 per adult, Children FREE - can be purchased from City Hall, Room 100-A

An Evening of Soul Music

  • 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, March 2 - City Hall Atrium - 30 Church St.


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., Thursday, March 5 - Edgerton R-Center Stardust Ballroom, 41 Backus Street
  • FREE - Preregistration required by calling 428-6769 by Feb. 2.


17th Annual Black Heritage Gala

  • 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 28 - Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E Main Street.
  • Tickets: $60 per person ($55 Early Bird before Feb. 7) - can be purchased from City Hall, Room 100-A or online through Eventbrite.   


Community and College Gospel Explosion

Choirs from various local colleges as well as community choirs will come together to put on a show.  

  • 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday, April 4 - First Genesis Baptist Church, 292 Hudson Ave.


The Black Heritage Committee: 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; Tynise Y. Edwards; 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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