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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 National Black History Month during the month of February. To access the City of Bloomington's Black History Month Calendar of Events click here for the outer page, and here for the inner page.  

The theme for 2018 is "From Protest to Progress: Unmasking the Movement"

Black History Month Kick Off 2018

The 2018 Black History Month planning committee will Kickoff National Black History Month, on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The event will take place at City Hall Council Chambers. The reception will begin at 5:30 pm and the program will begin at 6:20 pm. The program will feature Eric Love, Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Notre Dame, speaking on our theme, music by Bryan Thompson, and more. This event is free and open to the public. 

Black History Month Essay Contest 2018

From Protest to Progress encourages discussions about the ways that African-Americans in the past and present have unmasked the movement by utilizing speeches, writings, songs, religious beliefs, the law, politics, and much more. Our theme hopes to inspire students to take an interest in Black History and understand how Black peoples responses to social and political injustice have changed our society. For official essay contest rules and subject, list click here. The 2018 Award Winners are: 


1st prize Nehemiah Dangerfield-Morris, Fairview Elementary School

2nd prize Mirayah White, Fairview Elementary School, 3rd prize Campbell Scott-Harmon, Childs Elementary School



1st prize Riley Paulin, Jackson Creek Middle School

2nd prize Sophia Ramlo, Jackson Creek Middle School, 3rd prize Eva Diane Stuart, Jackson Creek Middle School



1st prize Tracy Lamptey, Bloomington High School North

2nd prize Edward Jackson, Bloomington High School North, 3rd prize, Jaswant Saahir, Bloomington High School South


2018 Black History Month Essay Contest Awards Reception

On Thursday, February 8, Fairview Elementary School, 6:00 p.m. Join parents, teachers, siblings, and friends as the community’s young scholars and authors are honored. Refreshments will be served. 

State of the Black Community

On Tuesday, February 13, City Hall Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. we invite you to an important discussion about the state of the Black community. Our evening will feature a coalition of organizations discussing the education system, economics, and the criminal justice system, as they relate to the Black community. Refreshments will be served. 

14th Annual Black History Month Gala & Silent Auction

Join us on Saturday, February 24, Hilton Garden Inn. Reception and Silent Auction will begin at 6:00 p.m., program will take place at 7: 00 p.m. This fine dining and recognition event will feature entertainment by the Ground Zero Band - Indy. Tickets: $50 each ~ ON SALE NOW at the Buskirk-Chumley Box Office here or by phone at 812.323.3020. 


The 2018 Black History Month planning committee is immensely grateful to our Underwriters: City of Bloomington, Community and Family Resources Department, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana University, Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Ivy Tech Community College, Old National Bank, Monroe County Branch NAACP, and Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University. 
The 2018 Black History Month planning committee is immensely grateful to our Event Sponsors: Griffin Realty, IU Credit Union, Stone City Lodge #54, Prince Hall Masons jurisdiction of Indiana, and Southern Star #50, Order of the Eastern Star jurisdiction of Indiana.