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Unsung Heroes Celebrated At 34th Black History Event In Tampa

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TAMPA, FL — The City of Tampa Black History Committee Inc. will present the 34th Annual Black History Celebration on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Tampa Convention Center Ballroom B, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa.

This event honors the Black history of the community and reflects upon the history of Black leaders and community members.

The theme this year is “Hidden Figures: Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes,” aimed at recognizing and celebrating community leaders whose efforts often fly under the radar.

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“Perhaps they helped someone go through a tragic incident like a fire, or inspired others through motivational speaking,” said Celeste Peoples-Gibbons, president of The City of Tampa Black History Committee. “We just want to make sure they are honored, and we want to be able to say, ‘Thank you.'”

This event also launches the 2022 The City of Tampa Black History Committee Inc. Scholarship Program, which provides opportunities for African American high school seniors, as well as students who will be attending a vocational or technical school, to apply.

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“We know that a traditional college isn’t for everyone,” Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said. “Ensuring that scholarship money is available to students who are looking to go to a trade or technical school is critical. The City of Tampa Black History Committee Inc. has truly gone above and beyond providing support to ambitious, hardworking students preparing to enter the workforce.”

To date, The City of Tampa Black History Committee Inc. has awarded nearly $275,000 in scholarship money to students. This year, it is aiming to hit the $300,000 mark.

Guests will hear from the keynote speaker, ESPN sports commentator Tiffany Greene. She is the first African American woman to serve as a play-by-play commentator for college football on ESPN.

Delia Dangerfield, news reporter at Spectrum News 9, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

Entertainment will be provided by NJ Ladyfingers, a local jazz group.

This event is free and open to the public.

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