Jack McLean To Host Celebration Of African Culture

By: City of Tallahassee Email
By: City of Tallahassee Email
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By: Bailey Myers
February 19th, 2014

Tallahassee FL- Drummers, singers, dancers, poets, they all came out as one local community group honored Black History Month. It was all a apart of tonight's "Our Culture, Our History" event in Tallahassee.

The Jack Mclean Community center hosted tonight's free event from 6:00 P.M.- 9:00 P.M. The night was kicked off with some African Drummers, who explained how certain catchy rhythms are also present in modern hip-hop. Organizers told us the goal tonight was to bring the community together in a discussion concerning black history month.

"Our Culture, Our History" Co- Coordinator, Jason Hall explained, "There's an old African proverb; it takes a village to raise a child, so we want to show the youth that it takes the community to uplift a community."

Aside from the dancers, poets and performers, free book were also given out. For weeks a book drive has collected over five hundred books to give to the children of the community.

Updated By: Bailey Myers

February 19, 2014, 5:30pm

The Jack McLean Community Center is trying to create awareness about Black History Month by bringing in African drummers, break dancers, poets, etc. to show how some imposing styles are founded in Africa.

"Our Culture, Our History" is from 6-9 pm with a lot of poets, performers, etc. to inform people where their culture came from.

News Release: City of Tallahassee

In honor of Black History Month, the Jack McLean Community Center will host “Our Culture, Our History” on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6-9 p.m. This event is an evening dedicated to the significance of African culture and tradition. It is free and open to the public.

Attendees will enjoy live performances from poets, hip hop artists, African drummers, rhythm and blues musicians, break dancers and more. Educators will discuss the history and origin of different aspects of African and African American culture. Groups from Florida A&M University and Florida State University – including Progressive Black Males and Dream Defenders – will be in attendance to provide information and demonstrations. Additionally, a variety of vendors will be at the event offering natural products.

There will be free food samples and free books for the community. Face painting will also be available for children.

The Jack McLean Community Center, located at 700 Paul Russell Road, is operated and maintained by the City’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Affairs Department. For more information, please visit Talgov.com/Parks. You can also stay up-to-date on PRNA offerings by liking the department on Facebook and following @COTParks on Twitter.

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