Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival events celebrate culture, activism, music, education

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival returns with a full schedule of events and experiences focused on music, education, economic and social empowerment, and the arts.

Leadership Lunch with Willie Pearl Mackie King

From 11:30 am to 1:30 pm on Wednesday, January 11, civil rights activist Willie Pearl Mackey King is the featured speaker at a leadership luncheon at the University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N 22nd St, Tampa.

King was an executive staff member of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She transcribed and compiled Dr. King’s famous “Letter from Birmingham Jail” from notes written on the margins of newspapers, table napkins, toilet paper, and scraps of paper and given to her by Dr. Wyatt T. Walker.

When the Civil Rights Act of 1964 created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Dr. King assigned her to go to work at the newly created EEOC. She worked for the EEOC for 32 years. On November 20, 2022, King was inducted into the Montgomery County Maryland Office of Human Rights Hall of Fame.

For more information go to Leadership lunch.

I never had a boyfriend

Dr. Micah E. Johnson performs his one-man show, Never Had a Friend, at Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor Campus Performing Arts Center from 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Thursday, January 11th.

The show tells the story of Johnson’s life and how a lonely child living in a homeless shelter overcomes trauma, abuse, depression and social disadvantage to become the person he is today.

For more information go to I never had a boyfriend.

50 Years of Hip Hop: Past, Present and Future

At 7 p.m. on Friday, January 12, “50 Years of Hip Hop: Past, Present and Future” at the University of South Florida School of Music will tell the story of hip-hop music and culture.

The two-hour event will include a film preview, live performances and a panel discussion moderated by Kenrick Wagner, director of contemporary commercial music at the USF School of Music.

For more information go to 50 years of hip-hop.

Music festival

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival’s 10-day celebration of culture, history, music, arts and education concludes with a two-day concert festival at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on January 13th and 14th. The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival’s signature event, the two-day weekend concert, is Saturday, January 13 and Sunday, January 14 at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. The festival features two full days of performances by regional and national artists. Funk band Slave and Keke Wyatt are the national headliners on Saturday. Jazz artist Adam Hawley and Leela James are the national headliners on Sunday.

For more information go to Tampa Bay Black Heritage Music Festival.

College and Career Talk: Artificial Intelligence (AI): Ready or not, here I am

Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival events conclude on Saturday, January 20 with “College and Career Conversations: Artificial Intelligence (AI): Ready or Not, Here I Am.”

The free event features a panel discussion on college and career planning in an environment that already includes AI. The activities presented are designed to help students and parents develop strategies for making career decisions and learn more about a variety of AI-related topics. The event is from 11 am to 1 pm at THAP Inc., 5508 N. 50th St in Tampa.

For more information go to College and career conversations.

Affiliate events

In addition to the official Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival events, several partner organizations have events planned this year.

The Black Business Bus Tour continues its longstanding partnership with Tampa Bay’s Black Heritage Festival on Saturday, January 13th. The bus tour is scheduled to depart from Curtis Hixon at 10am (performance starts at 9am). Regina Johnson, owner of Queens Vision African Apparel, welcomes visitors to her boutique on Busch Boulevard during the 2021 Black Business Bus Tour event. The tour is scheduled for Jan. 13 as part of the 2024 Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival .Black Business Bus Tour founder Candy Lowe says the tour will visit four black-owned businesses, including two event spaces that will have multiple vendors. Bus reservations are $30.

For more information go to Tour by black business bus.

The Stompdown Experience: National Step Tour

The Stopdown Experience, the nation’s largest touring race, will hit downtown Tampa on Saturday, January 13th. The Tampa show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM in Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N Macinnes Pl.

For more information go to The Stompdown.

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