The City of Orlando Celebrates Black History Month


Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City Commissioners, in partnership with PAST, Inc., invite the Central Florida community to recognize the contributions and positive influence of African Americans in Orlando at the city’s annual Black History Month reception.


This year the event will honor African American local leaders who were Orlando’s “first” in education, healthcare, the judicial system, diplomacy and public safety, including:

·         Ronald Blocker – first African American Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools

·         Monica P. Reed – first African American Chief Medical Officer and Physician CEO of a major health system

·         Jerry L. Demings – first African American to serve as Orlando Police Chief and Orange County Sheriff

·         Charlie B. Walker, Jr. – first African American to serve as Orlando Fire Chief

·         Emerson R. Thompson, Jr. – first African American Chief Judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit Court

·         Harriet Elam-Thomas – first African American United States Ambassador 

The month of February is known nationally as Black History Month and is dedicated to honoring the achievements of African Americans and their lasting impact on the nation’s history. This event continues to support the city’s commitment to inclusion, respect and diversity, and advocating for human rights and humanity for all.



Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 5:30-7:30 p.m., program begins at 6:00 p.m.



City Hall Rotunda

400 South Orange Avenue



Free parking is provided in the City Commons Parking Garage, 460 Bonne Street.


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