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Black & Blooming

"Black and Blooming", The month events will seek to acknowledge and honor up-and-coming Black leaders, visionaries, and changemakers who are blazing trails and leaving their mark on our city, state and country. Whether Bloomington natives or transplants by way of educational journeys and careers, these people have strived to "bloom where we are planted", and positively influence the community.

  • Kick-off - January 30th, 2020. Reception begins at 6 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers.
  • State of the Black Community - February 4th, 2020. Program begins at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers. DATE CHANGE
  • Essay Contest Reception - February 12th, 2020. Program begins at 6:00 p.m. at Fairview Elementary School.
  • Gala - February 29th, 2020 Ticketed event. Reception and Silent Auction begin at 6:00 p.m. and Gala begins at 7:00 p.m. at One World at Woolery Mill. Tickets are available from the Buskirk-Chumley Theater beginning at 11 a.m. on January 30, 2020.
    • Payment for silent auction items is cash or check only. Payment must be made at the end of the event to receive your item(s), or it will be given to the next highest bidder. We are unable to hold items. There are ATMs located nearby in the event you need additional cash.

Get Involved! 

Black History Month Calendar of Events

  • If your organization has an event/program during February 2020 and your would like to add it to the City Black History Month Calendar please click the link above. 

 

Sponsorship/Silent Auction Donation

  • If your organization would sponsor and or give to the silent auction please click the link above.

 

Essay Contest Reader Sign Up

  • Please click above the link to read and grade essays.

 

Outstanding Black Leader of Tomorrow Nominations

This award highlights the outstanding contributions made by young African American men and women in our community.

For the high school-aged category, the nominee must:

  • Be an African American male or female enrolled in high school.

  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or have been personally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community.

For the adult category, the nominee must:

  • Be an African American male or female no older than 30 years of age.

  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership, scholarship, and/or have been personally or professionally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the Bloomington community.

Black History Month Annual Calendar

  • Submit for the 2020 Black History Month Annual Calendar HERE
  • View the 2019 Black History Month Annual Calendar here.

Essay Contest Information

The 2020 Black History Month theme is "Black and Blooming." "Black and Blooming", seeks to acknowledge and honor up-and-coming Black leaders, visionaries, and changemakers who are blazing trails and leaving their mark on our city, state and country.

 

Prompt Questions:

  • How has the subject challenged the status quo in our society?
  • How has the subject inspired or influenced your own life?
  • High School Only: What have been the most important outcomes of the subject’s impact on our society?

 

Length Guidelines:

  • Elementary/Middle School: 350-500 words
  • High School: 500-700 words

 

The subjects for the Essay Contest are: 

  • 150th Anniversary of the 15th Amendment
  • 2020 Census
  • African-American Heritage Trail in Evansville
  • bell hooks, Author
  • Black Owned Businesses
  • Brianna Mason, Miss Tennessee
  • Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms
  • Elijah Cummings, Politician and Civil Rights Advocate
  • Gail Devers, Track and Field Athlete
  • George & Vi Taliaferro
  • James ‘Doc’ Mumford, Professor 
  • Leonard Inman, Soldier of WWI
  • Lizzo, Singer, Songwriter
  • Mark Dean,  Inventor and Computer Engineer
  • Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor, Cyclist
  • Nipsey Hussle,  Rapper/ Entrepreneur
  • Robert F. Smith, Businessman
  • Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University
  • Toni Morrison, Novelist
  • Tyler Perry, Actor/Producer

 

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each of three categories: elementary (grades 4-6), middle (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12). Homeschooled students are eligible to participate as well. First place essay winners will receive an iPad, second place winners will receive a $100 cash award, and third place winners will receive a $75 cash award.

All essays must be submitted on the Black History Month website at bloomington.in.gov/bhm, by February 3, 2020 at 5pm