St. Pete City Hall Honors Black History Month
By TB Reporter
The flag of the Carter G. Woodson African American Museum of History was raised and will fly for a month.
ST. PETERSBURG — More than 100 people this morning (Feb. 1) attended a ceremony outside City Hall to recognize February as Black History Month, and Mayor Rick Kriseman noted in his speech that in this era of divisive rhetoric, it is also a time to embrace Muslims in the community. Several of those attending were of the Islamic faith.
Woodson Museum board president Terri Lipsey Scott also spoke, naming a number of St. Petersburg’s African American leaders who have passed on but are remembered for their work in the community and as civil rights advocates. Earlier in her speech, Scott pointed out that President Donald Trump had not issued a proclamation in honor of the month. something that his predecessors have done going back to Gerald Ford.
Numerous events are scheduled this month to recognize black history. Among local ones in the next few days:
Thursday, Feb. 2 — I Am a Man Discussion, 6 p.m. at USF St. Petersburg, 140 7th Ave. S. Dr. Bernard Lafayette, a Freedom Rider and advisor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will discuss the history and status of black males with USF professor Ray Arsenault.
Friday, Feb. 3 — Legacy Golf Classic, 10 a.m. at Twin Brooks Golf Course, 3800 22nd Ave. S.
Through Feb. 19 — Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, a play at American Stage, 163 Third St. N. The play shines a light on America’s newly freed men and women and determined to take their rightful place in the world. The drama asks, how do you discover your identity when your heritage has been stolen from you?
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