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Library to Unveil 2016 Jacksonville Black History Calendar (Jan. 14, 2016)


Library Staff and Guests to Celebrate 27 Years of Calendar’s Publication

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 14, 2016 – Jacksonville Public Library staff and honored guests will gather for the library’s unveiling of the 2016 Jacksonville Black History Calendar which continues to be a vital resource documenting the achievements and events in the annals of Jacksonville’s African-American community. This is the 27th annual unveiling and the ninth to be held at the library.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m.

WHERE: Hicks Auditorium Main Library 303 Laura St. N. – 32202

With this year’s theme, “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African-American Memory” the calendar will celebrate black history year-round. Copies of the calendar will be available for free at library branch locations in February. More than 40,000 calendars are produced and are used in homes, schools, libraries, churches, businesses and organizations throughout Jacksonville, as well as selected cities across the nation.

A new calendar is produced each year, with the artwork and contents kept confidential throughout the creative process until it is revealed to the community at the annual unveiling. The calendar originated in 1989 through the collaborative efforts of the late Clovia Russell of AT&T and Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Ph.D., who is a former Board of Library Trustees chair and was actively involved as calendar advisor since its inception. JPL staff began participating on the calendar committee in 2007.

This marks the 20th year that Burger King is sponsoring the production of the calendar. Other sponsors include Florida State College at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, WJXT News4Jax, and the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 234-4318 (TTY 630-1999) at least 72 hours before the event.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

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