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Lakeland Black History Festival - Jackson Park | City News Blog

LAKELAND, FL (February 1, 2024) | All are invited to celebrate Black History Month at the annual Black History Festival at Jackson Park on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be many artisan vendors, food trucks, activities, entertainment and much more for families to enjoy.

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their role in US History.  Black History month is the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.  Since 1975, every President of the United States has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.  Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, devote a month to celebrating Black History.

The Black History Festival at Jackson Park (1104 Martin Luther King Junior Avenue) will have many forms of entertainment on the mobile sound stage from dance to spoken word. Inside the Coleman Bush Building there is a historical display including a dynamic interactive touch screen experience with information provided by the Lakeland History and Culture Center. The displays highlight some of the early black pioneers that helped shape the Lakeland community. If you are interested in being a vendor at the festival, please visit https://lakelandgov.net/events/black-history-festival. Space is limited.

You will not want to miss the Jackson Park Black History Festival! This event is free to the public and there is something for all ages at this family friendly event. Whether you browse the vendor area, play in a bounce house, or grab a FREE plant at the Parks and Rec. tent, you’re sure to have a good time!

Black History Festival Flyer 2024


Kevin Cook
Director of Communications
City of Lakeland

About Lakeland

The City of Lakeland was incorporated in January 1885 and has grown to become one of the largest inland communities in Florida.  With a current population of over 100,000 Lakeland continues to grow. It has been designated a Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area by the US Census Bureau for over 30 years.  With tourist attractions and gulf beaches only an hour away, Lakeland continues to capitalize on its ideal central Florida location along the I-4 corridor.  The City owns and operates Lakeland Electric, the third largest publicly owned utility in Florida and it was one of the first to offer power in the Sunshine State over 115 years ago. 

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