Celebrating Black History Month – Movie night at Tanyard Creek Park kicks off the final week of festivities.

Gadsden County kicked off its Black History Month celebration on Sunday evening with a movie night at Tanyard Creek Preservation Park.

The movie of choice was Wakanda Forever.

It was a free event for all ages, hosted by the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners and the City of Quincy Commission.

Charles Hayes, one of the event’s organizers said it gave children who may not have been able to go see the movie in Tallahassee while in theaters a chance to watch it in Quincy.

There were a few vendors out there as well, selling barbeque, snow cones, and ice cream. 

Along with all the tasty food was fresh, hot popcorn to enjoy the movie. 

Those who attended were also encouraged to bring their own snacks and lawn chairs.

Another highlight of the night was the young kids enjoying the music and showing off their dance moves before the movie began. 

County and city commissioners also attended the event.

Everyone appeared to have a great time as the community came together to celebrate Black History Month.

Several more events are planned for this week in honor of Black History Month:

The 2nd Annual Black History Month Reception hosted by the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners will provide a night of historical recognition for black history icons from throughout the county and the grand marshals of the Black History Parade. Guests will also witness the unveiling of the Art of Elizabeth Catlett from the Collection of Samella Lewis and experience Joey Gilmore’s musical greatness. 

Gilmore is an electric blues and soul blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who has shared the stage with James Brown, Etta James, Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, and Little Johnny Taylor, among others. The event will be hosted in partnership with the City of Quincy, Gadsden Arts Center, and Museum, Gadsden County Black History and Educational Organization, and Pi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on Thursday, February 23, at 6 p.m.

Gadsden County’s first-ever Soul Stroll will be held on Friday, February 24, starting at 5 p.m. The public is invited to stroll historic downtown Quincy (Jefferson Street, Stewart Street, and around the Gadsden County Courthouse) to enjoy different genres of music, including jazz, blues, and rhythm and blues. Spanning four blocks around the Gadsden County Courthouse, participants can enjoy live music, downtown restaurants, the Chophouse, A.J’s, and Seafood Market, and dance and mingle at

different locations. There will also be food trucks with authentic food for the soul.

 The 43rd Annual Black History Parade. Celebrate Gadsden County’s Black History, culture, and achievements at the annual Black History parade hosted by the Gadsden County Black History and Educational Organization in conjunction with the Pi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., on Saturday, February 25, at 11 a.m. 

The route for this year’s parade will begin at the intersection of MLK and Stewart Street traveling North to Jefferson (Highway 90), turning right on Jefferson, and ending on Adams Street at the courthouse. The parade will feature the Marching 100 from FAMU.   

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