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City kicks off Black History Month with “Lessons in Leadership”

Jan. 30, 2013

For more information, please contact:
Beverly Calender-Anderson, Safe and Civil City Program Director, City of Bloomington Department of Community and Family Resources, 349.3560,

City kicks off Black History Month with "Lessons in Leadership"

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Bloomington, Ind. - The City of Bloomington rolled out its ninth incarnation of Black History Month - Bloomington Style at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. The program was preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

This year's theme is "Lessons in Leadership" and will recognize black leaders from the past and present as well as examine what must be done to develop effective future leaders. The kickoff program will feature Detroit Free Press columnist and Church Street Media CEO Rochelle Riley. Leadership, service and personal success are common themes in Riley's work.

Additional City of Bloomington Black History Month events include:

The City's month-long celebration will be topped off with the eighth annual Black History Month Gala at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 245 N. College Ave. The Gala will be preceded by a reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. In addition to dining and dancing, the evening includes the presentation of the 2013 Living Legend award to Clarence and Frances Gilliam. Clarence is a retired engineer and former president of the NAACP's Monroe County branch. Frances is the author of a book about Bloomington's black history and was the longtime membership chair for the local NAACP. The Commission on the Status of Black Males will also present the Young Black Male Leader of Tomorrow award.

Tickets for this event are $45 and are available at the BCT Box Office, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., at or by calling 323.3020. For a complete listing of Black History Month activities throughout the community, visit or contact Beverly Calender-Anderson, the City's Safe and Civil City director, at 349.3560 or at