Ocoee Celebrates Black History Month

OCOEE – In recognition of Black History Month, the City of Ocoee issued a proclamation at its City Commission meeting held on February 6. The proclamation reads in part, “Black History Month serves as a celebration of African American achievements and the crucial role they had in American history, as well as a time to recognize the severe adversity generations of Black Americans had to overcome to achieve legitimate citizenship in our society.”

The city is holding its 19th Annual Black History Month Essay Contest. The essay competition is open to 5th grade students that attend Ocoee schools. The theme for the essay contest is “Living the Dream.” The overall winner will be awarded a $200 gift card from Best Buy. First place winners will receive a $100 gift card from Best Buy. The winners will be recognized at the Ocoee City Commission Meeting on March 5 at 6:15 p.m.  The meeting will be broadcast on Ocoee TV Spectrum Channel 493 and a livestream at https://www.ocoee.org/197/Ocoee-TV.

Ocoee TV is airing programs that highlight significant people and events from African American history.  Attached is the Ocoee TV schedule.  The city’s 16th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity Parade and Celebration is also airing and can be viewed on Ocoee TV’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ocoeetv.

Biographical portraits of notable Black Americans are displayed at City Hall and Ocoee Celebrates Diversity pole banners are stationed along Clarke Road from White Road to Silver Star Road.

For more information, call 407-905-3100.