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Largo commissioner questions absence of Black History Month events

Largo Commissioner Samantha Fenger

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Largo Commissioner Samantha Fenger



February is Black History Month, but you wouldn’t know it looking through Largo’s events calendar.

So pointed out Commissioner Samantha Fenger on Tuesday night at the end of a commission meeting.

“It would be nice to see what we are doing to respect that month,” she said.

A look through the city’s online February calendar shows several events, including movie viewings, a wedding expo and an obstacle course through the nature preserve, but nothing related to Black History Month.

“We don’t generally do something, no,” said Jessica Newsome, events coordinator for the city.

Recreation, Parks and Arts Director Joan Byrne pointed to a display at the library celebrating black fiction authors. But as far as events go, she said the city is not holding any because of a lack of funding and community involvement.

“I don’t know what anyone would want us to do, exactly,” she said. “One of the things that you find is you really need someone from the community to help you and to spearhead to make sure people get engaged. We really haven’t had anyone come forward to say, 'We’d like to partner with you.'”

Largo has previously partnered with Heritage Village for a Black History Month event and used to hold a candlelight vigil for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Byrne said. The vigil had a low turnout, so the city decided years ago not to continue it.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 6:37pm]


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