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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.





This year's theme is "Reclaiming the Next Hundred Years."

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


The 2016 Black History Month Kick-off & Reception

Dr. Nelms Dr. Charlie Nelms The City of Bloomington Black History Month Planning Committee is pleased to welcome

Dr. Charlie Nelms, Vice President Emeritus, Indiana University as our Keynote Speaker for our Kick-off reception Thursday, February 4, 6pm, City Hall Council Chambers.

This event was free and open to the public, however we are requesting those members of our community who can afford to, to help others by brining non-perishable food items.

The Kick-off Celebration featured a VIDEO MESSAGE from Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and former IU Professor of History; a dance performance by Dr. Nyama McCarthy Brown and the IU dance project and many more.


The 2016 Black History Month Community-Wide Events Calendar & Insert

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2016 Calendar of Events (PDF 303.78 KB) 2016 Calendar of Events Insert (PDF 727.55 KB) 2016 Blacks In Government Essay Contest (PDF 40.67 KB)


2016 Black History Month Essay Contest

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We are no longer accepting submissions for the 2016 Black History Month Essay Contest The deadline has passed. Thank you.

2016 Black History Month Essay Contest Flyer (PDF 1.99 MB)


2016 Black History Month Gala

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Past Living Legend Award Recipients


David Baker David BakerThe City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee has announced that world-renowned composer, educator and writer, David Baker, is recipient of the 2015 Black History Month Living Legend Award. The Living Legend Award was created to recognize, honor and thank African-Americans in Bloomington who have given their time, talents and resources to make a difference in the Bloomington community and beyond. Their contributions and their lives have broken boundaries, created legacies and provided inspiration to many.

David Baker is a Distinguished Professor of Music and Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, as well as conductor and musical and artistic director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. A virtuoso performer on multiple instruments and top in his field in several disciplines, Baker has taught and performed throughout the world, including in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. He received both bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Indiana University and has studied with a wide range of master teachers, performers and composers, including J.J. Johnson, Janos Starker, George Russell and William Russo. A 1973 Pulitzer Prize nominee, Baker was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1979 and has been honored with prestigious awards three times by Down Beat magazine. He has more than 65 recordings, 60 books and 400 articles to his credit.

His service in music organizations is wide-ranging and includes membership on the National Council on the Arts; board positions for the American Symphony Orchestra League, Arts Midwest and the Afro-American Bicentennial Hall of Fame/Museum; past chairs of the Jazz Advisory Panel to the Kennedy Center and the Jazz/Folk/Ethnic Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and has served a number of times on the Pulitzer Prize Music Jury. He currently serves as senior consultant for music programs for the Smithsonian Institution.

Baker will join a distinguished list of past Living Legend Award recipients, including James Mumford, William and Janice Wiggins, the Rev. Marvin Chandler, George and Viola Taliaferro, Gladys DeVane, Clarence and Frances Gilliam and Retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Gene Shipp. He will be honored along with the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males' Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow at this year's City of Bloomington Black History Month Gala on Feb. 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomington, 245 N. College Ave.


Call out for Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Award Nominations 2016

The Commission on the Status of Black Males (CSBM) is accepting nominations for 2016 "Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow" awards. The CSBM annually recognizes the contributions and achievements of young African American men in our community. The Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow Award, is presented each year at the Black History Month Gala in February.

Nominations must be received by Monday, February 8, 2016. Nominations can be submitted electronically or mailed to P.O. Box 100, Bloomington, Indiana, 47402

CRITERIA

NOMINEE MUST:

Have been a resident of Monroe County for at least one (1) year.

A high-school aged African-American male who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or has been personally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community; or,

An adult African-American male no older than 30 (thirty) years of age who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or has been personally or professionally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community.

Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow online nomination form