Black History Month ~ Bloomington Style 2014: Hoosier Heroes in History & Culture

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Each year, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee plans activities and events for the community to celebrate and commemorate the month of February as Black History Month ~ Bloomington Style.

This year's theme is "Hoosier Heroes in History & Culture." We hear the word "hero" tossed around in casual conversation on nearly a daily basis. Have you ever really stopped to think what makes a hero? According to the dictionary, a hero is a person who is admired for achievements, brave acts, or fine qualities. Who are the heroes who have paved the way and continue to do so that others might be able to achieve greatness? Many of those people are from right here in Indiana, and several from Bloomington. During Black History Month, we will learn about Hoosier Heroes from the African American community of the past, like Madame C.J. Walker and Virgil Garret Trice, Jr., as well as examine the achievements of a few modern day heroes. Please take a look at the City of Bloomington Black History Month Calendar and plan to join us for the exciting activities and events which are designed to educate, inspire and entertain you.

All City of Bloomington Black History Month events are open to the public. Events are free unless otherwise stated.

City of Bloomington Black History Month Kick-off & Reception

Monday, February 3, 2014

Showers City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton Street

Reception: 5:30 pm, Program: 6:30 pm

BHM Key Note Picture The City's celebration of Black History Month ~ Bloomington Style will kick-off on February 3, 2014 with an event featuring Jimmie L. McMillian, an attorney from Indianapolis. Mr. McMillian is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Indianapolis office and a member of the Litigation Department. Jimmie received a B.A. degree in 1998 from Indiana University-Bloomington. He received his J.D. degree in 2002 from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. In 2005, he received Barnes & Thornburg's Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award and the Honorable Carr L. Darden Leadership Award. In 2006, he was recognized by The Indiana Lawyer as one of 10 "Up and Coming Lawyers" and received the publication's Leadership in Law Award. Mr. McMillian is a graduate of the 2011-2012 Inaugural Leadership Council for Legal Diversity (LCLD) fellowship program.

The 2014 Black History Month Community-Wide Events Calendar & Insert

Black History Month Community-Wide Events Calendar (PDF 6.17 MB) & Insert (PDF 3.23 MB)

2014 Black History Month Essay Contest - Deadline Extended

2014 Black History Month Essay Contest is now open to students grades 4-12. The extended submission deadline is February 13, 2014 at 5pm. Please see the following flyer for a complete list of guidelines, submission details, and a list of potential essay subjects.

2014 Black History Month Essay Contest Flyer (PDF 1.17 MB)

Black History Month ~ Bloomington Style: Cardinal Stage's The Whipping Man

Join us for an afternoon at the theater for Cardinal Stage Company's The Whipping Man followed by a talk-back with the actors led by Dr. John McCluskey.

Sunday, February • 2:00pm

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center

122 S. Walnut Street

812-336-9300 (Box Office) or Cardinal Stage Company's Website

Discounted Ticket price: $19.50 (normally $26.50 - use promo code: HISTORY)

2014 Black History Month Gala

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hilton Garden Inn, 245 N. College

Reception & Silent Auction Opening: 6:30pm

Doors Open: 7:00pm

Celebrate with friends and neighbors at thiselegant evening of dinner and dancing. The evening includes live music, a silent auction and the presentation of the 2014 City of Bloomington Living Legend and Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Awards. Tickets on sale January 31st at the BCT Box Office. The BCT Box Office is located at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue or on the web at