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2019 Black History Month City of Bloomington Events

More information will be posted soon. Save these dates!

  • Kick-off - January 31st, 2019
  • State of the Black Community - February 12th, 2019
  • Essay Contest Reception - February 21st, 2019
  • Gala - March 2nd, 2019

Black History Month Annual Calendar

Each year, the City of Bloomington publishes a calendar of Black History Month events that is distributed online and to the general public. We are now seeking submissions for the calendar. If you have a Black History Month-related event occurring in February 2019, please complete the submission form here. Submissions must be received by December 14, 2018 to be included. We will assemble the calendar of community events and publish it in January 2019. If you have any questions about this project or your submission, contact Faith Chadwick at or 812-349-3430. 

2019 BHM Calendar submission form link

Essay Contest Information

The 2019 Black History Month theme is "Reclaiming Our Time." "Reclaiming Our Time" is about inspiring our community to reflect on the ways historic wrongs are being corrected and the spaces the Black community has created to celebrate culture, history, and community. 

The subjects for the Essay Contest are: 

  • I PROMISE School, LeBron James
  • Kimberle Crenshaw, advocate and scholar
  • 1968 Olympics, Black Power protest
  • The Hate U Give, book and/or film
  • James Baldwin, novelist and poet
  • Ryan Coogler, Director of Black Panther
  • Maxine Waters, Congresswoman
  • Eunique Jones Gibson, "Because of Them, We Can" campaign
  • Michelle D. Alexander, “The New Jim Crow”
  • Missy Elliott, singer/songwriter
  • Serena Williams, professional tennis player
  • Ayanna Pressley, House of Representatives-elect
  • Stacey Abrams, politician
  • James McCune Smith, first Black doctor


For more information, including essay questions and rules, click here

To submit an entry, visit our Essay Submission Form