Wed, February 17, 2016
OCOEE – In observance of Black History Month, now on its 40th anniversary, a proclamation was read at the February 2 Ocoee City Commission meeting. The proclamation recognized the significance of black history throughout the American experience and encouraged the citizens of Ocoee to commemorate Black History Month.
The city pays tribute to Black History Month throughout the month of February. The city’s Human Relations Diversity Board recently held its 12th Annual Black History Month Essay Contest. The essay contest was open to 5th grade students who attend Ocoee schools. The following elementary schools submitted more than 300 essays: Citrus; Ocoee; Prairie Lake; Spring Lake; Hope Charter; Thornebrooke and Westbrooke.
The winners of the essay contest will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m., at the Ocoee Lakeshore Center, 125 North Lakeshore Drive. Students will recite their winning essays which addressed the theme “Celebrating Unity.” For each participating school, there will be one first-place winner, who will receive a prize valued at $50. The overall winner will receive a prize valued at $250 in addition to being invited to deliver their winning essay at the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Parade and Celebration in Ocoee.
Residents can tune in to Ocoee TV Channel 493 on Bright House Networks and online at http://www.ocoee.org/197/Ocoee-TV to watch programs that highlight significant people and events from African-American history. Attached is the TV schedule. Citizens may also visit City Hall to view biographical portraits of notable African-Americans.
In 1976 as part of the United States Bicentennial, the informal expansion of Negro History Week to Black History Month was officially recognized by the U.S. government. President Gerald Ford spoke in regards to this, urging Americans to "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
For more information, call 407-905-3100.