Black History Month celebrations
They Dared To Fly — Tuskegee Airmen Celebration, Thursday through Feb. 12 Fantasy Of Flight, 1400 Broadway Blvd. SE, Polk City: The Tuskegee Airmen, legendary World War II aviators, will share their personal stories during a three-day engagement at the aviation-themed attraction. Students from Turkey Creek and Stewart middle schools are expected to join children from around the state for the celebration. fantasyofflight.com.
Hillsborough County's 19th Annual Black Heritage Celebration, Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 11 Joe Chillura Courthouse Square: Hillsborough's black heritage committee salutes the county's five oldest African-American-owned businesses: Helping Hand Day Nursery (86 years); Florida Sentinel-Bulletin (65 years); Cole's Barber Shop (65 years); Wilson's Funeral Home (57 years); and College Hill Pharmacy (54 years). It also presents its 2011 Legacy Award Winner, and offers a food sampling including chicken, yellow rice, green beans and bread pudding.
Plant City Black Heritage Festival, Feb. 11-13 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center 1601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.: State Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, serves as keynote speaker for the Feb. 11 evening banquet. Performance artist Venus Jones will appear. A festival with amusement rides and vendors will be held all three days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the recreation center. A parade will begin at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Wheeler and ending at the recreation center. The Bethune-Cookman University Inspirational Gospel Choir will give a concert on Feb. 13. celebration2.homestead.com.
City of Tampa 23rd Annual Black History Celebration and Living Museum, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 Tampa Convention Center: At the "Living Museum," Hillsborough County students will role-play the lives of men and women who made a difference in our nation's history and Rampello Downtown Partnership School music students will perform. The celebration will recognize the importance of historically black colleges and Walker L. Smith will deliver the keynote address. The Edward Waters College Concert Choir will perform.