Black History Month Reception

The Tampa Bay History Center is proud to announce the third annual Black History Month Reception, an evening of inspiration, recognition, and cultural celebration, set to take place on Friday, February 23, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.). The event will be hosted at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Water Street, Tampa, FL 33602.

This year’s reception is honored to feature distinguished guest speaker Senator Arthenia Joyner, a trailblazing leader whose contributions have significantly impacted the course of history. Sen. Joyner will share her insights and experiences, adding a powerful dimension to the evening’s program.

The Tampa Housing Authority proudly supports this event as the Black History Month Reception Gold Sponsor, exemplifying its commitment to fostering a community that values and preserves Black history.

Civil rights legend Reverend Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., a Tampa native, will join Sen. Joyner during the program. Rev. LaFayette will present the annual award named in his honor, recognizing an individual who has played a pivotal role in preserving and promoting Black history throughout the years. Guests will have the unique opportunity to have Rev. LaFayette autograph his book, “In Peace and Freedom,” at the reception.