Black History Month


Black History Month is winding down, but February is also American Heart Month. And heart health is something African Americans should pay special attention to. When looking at the risk factors for heart disease, they are no different for African Americans then they are for anyone else. "High blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, a family history of heart disease. And then there are secondary risk factors such as obesity and inactivity. But it's the same whether you're black or white.

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For Black History Month, the Haas Center at the University of West Florida is collaborating with the Gulf Coast Minority Chamber of Commerce to present “We the People,” a demographic overview of African Americans in the Pensacola metro area. The goal of the report is to get a sense of their economic impact locally.

UWF Historic Trust

For years, University of West Florida researchers have been digging for more details about the lives of the slaves who once lived and worked at the Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton.

As part of Black History Month, the latest findings will be highlighted in a weekend talk titled “In the Shadow of the Big House.”

Phillip W. Hoffman


The Arcadia Mill Archaeological Site in Milton is celebrating Black History Month with two public programs.

The first presentation this Saturday, Feb. 2 features the true story of an African-American ‘Buffalo Soldier’ from Florida and his journey to becoming a traitor and a hero.

Local author and historian Phillip Hoffman chronicles the story in his new book, David Fagen: Turncoat Hero.

In honor of Black History Month, Pensacola State College presents a production of two short plays about some of the most well-known figures in the fight for freedom and equal rights for blacks.

The evening features a one-woman performance of Harriet, about former slave and abolitionist Harriett Tubman. Also, there will be a one-man performance of MLK and Mandela.

Lawrence Gamell, Jr. is acting and directing.

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Illustrations play a major part in the appeal of books to children to whom adults read aloud. The visual elements of picture books strike chords when they complement the text, reveal nuances of the story and reflect the world in which youngsters actually live.

For diverse scenarios, consider two new titles, “Happy in Our Skin” and “Last Stop on Market Street.”  Reading them is a personal way to celebrate Black History Month, but a good book is a good book every day of the year.

Courtesy of UWF Historic Trust / Voices of Pensacola

As Black History Month gets underway, the T.T. Wentworth Museum in downtown Pensacola is hosting an exhibit of remarkable photographs of African Americans living in Tallahassee in the late 19th century.