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Main Library to Unveil 2018 Black History Calendar

Library Staff and Guests to Celebrate 29 Years of Calendar’s Publication


JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 8, 2018 – The Jacksonville Public Library is pleased to host the 29th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar. For decades the Black History Calendar has served as a reminder to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans year-round. The event is open to the public. Free calendars and light refreshments will be provided.   

WHEN:    Thursday, Jan. 18

                 4 – 5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Main Library, Hicks Auditorium

                303 Laura St. N. – 32202

In February copies of the calendar will be available for free at library branch locations. 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. You can view past calendars from 1989 – 2017, filled with historical and important information, in the library’s digital collection.

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.

The title sponsor for the calendar is Burger King, in collaboration with Florida State College at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, WJXT News 4 Jax, 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 630-1999 at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.1 million times, and over 14,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit

Monday, January 8, 2018

Jacksonville Public Library