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Celebration Honors African-American Cultural Contributions

The seniors' gathering highlights heritage

Hundreds of seniors celebrated Black History Month with an exciting event featuring African music, dancing, and entertainment at The Regent, a community hall in Riverview.

Hillsborough County's Aging Services held an event for senior residents from the community and members who attend any of six senior centers, and 17 dining and activity facilities, scattered throughout the county. Enthusiastic participants wearing colorful African dashikis filled the hall with conversation, laughter, and dance moves. They had looked forward to the Black Heritage Celebration for weeks.

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Drummers greet visitors entering The Regent for the annual Black Heritage Celebration.

The festive gathering honors the history, contributions, and culture of African-Americans.

"I'm very proud to be a black American," says John McDonald, who attends Progress Village Senior Nutrition Center. "Sometimes we don't realize that black people have contributed to this world as much as everybody else."

Speakers and participants said African-American history and culture should be recognized throughout the year, not just in February, which is Black History Month.

Photo Information: A contingent of regulars from Progress Village Senior Nutrition Center attended the Feb. 28 celebration.

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