Each year, the Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival brings together national and local creatives, speakers, and performers for a variety of community events — all with the hope of sharing African and African-American culture and history. This year’s festival has already begun and runs through the end of January.
- Leadership luncheon with Dr. Micah Johnson | Wednesday, Jan. 11 | 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sociologist Dr. Micah Johnson presents on mental health, specifically addressing the stigma of mental health, self care and mental wellbeing. Individual tickets are $25, and groups of eight can buy tables for $240. The luncheon is located at the University Area Community Development Center ( 14013 N. 22nd St., Tampa)
- Tampa Bay Black Heritage MusicFest |Saturday, Jan. 14 + Sunday, Jan. 15 | Gates open at noon
The 23rd year of the festival’s music festival features performances from Nathan Mitchell, DJ Grandmaster Dee, and headliners contemporary jazz trio ‘Jazz Funk Soul,’ and R&B masters ‘Dru Hill.’ Gates at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park open at noon. Tickets start at $15 online.
- College and Career Conversations | Saturday, Jan. 28 |10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Panelists will present strategies for making the most of the future. Plus, middle schools and high school students from across Tampa Bay can bring their resumes for review + learn how to pitch themselves. The event will be held at Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan Inc. (5508 N. 50th St., Tampa)
Read more about the nonprofit and the events online.