Black History Month in Hillsborough County

Hillsborough County has a rich history of Black leadership, communities, and accomplishments. Here’s a sampling of some standout people, places, and landmark occurrences.

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Dana Mackey - Hillsborough County's First Black Professional Engineer

County Administrator's First Black Female Professional Engineer Embraced the Journey

February 23, 2022
Dana Mackey enjoyed playing with dolls as a child. But she was also intrigued with assembling and...
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Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley, Jr.

Meet Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Timothy Dudley, Jr.

February 21, 2022
"Excellence and leadership in public administration is defined by humility, dedication, and service...
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"Divine 9" Sororities, Fraternities Strive to Make Hillsborough County Better

February 23, 2022
The sororities and fraternities that make up the Divine 9 were founded during Segregation. Along...
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Meet Retired Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Captain Henry D. Dorsey

February 24, 2022
The year was 1974, and the United States was in transition. The Civil Rights Act had outlawed...
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Faces Behind the Places: Lee Roy Selmon Expressway

April 26, 2018
Hillsborough County is full of inspiring, iconic, and interesting places and events, and there are...
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McNeal Kimble

Meet Capt. Kimble McNeal with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue

February 25, 2022
One green duffel bag and a lifetime of memories accompanied Kimble McNeal on his move from...
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Center Designed Primarily for People with Disabilities Named for Lesley "Les" Miller, Jr.

February 16, 2022
Lesley "Les" Miller, Jr. says he learned life's ground rules from his parents: Do the right...
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Black History Month 2022

Library Collections Highlight Black History During February

February 4, 2022
In-person and online events, staff-curated booklists and movies, and a collection of online...
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Harvey Park

Legacies of Leadership

February 16, 2022
During Black History Month in February, we consider a few of the many effective Black leaders who...
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Black Heritage Month

Aging Services' Virtual Tour Salutes Black Heritage Month

February 7, 2022
Fred Hearns, curator of Black history at the Tampa Bay History Center, will lead a virtual tour of...
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Celebrate African American Culture with a Free County Art Tour

February 4, 2022
Hillsborough County's Public Art Program helps to display the regions' cultural and artistic...
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Faces behind the Places: Armwood High School

February 23, 2022
Hillsborough County is full of inspiring, iconic, and interesting places, and there are remarkable...
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Arthenia L. Joyner standing in front of the library named after her

Library Named for Leader Who Broke Gender, Racial Barriers

March 30, 2018
Arthenia Joyner, namesake of a new branch library in the University Area, recalls her mother...
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Martin Luther King Memorial

In '61 Visit to Hillsborough County, MLK Jr. Cited "New Order"

January 17, 2020
Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Hillsborough County almost 68 years ago to speak at an NAACP rally...
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Faces Behind the Places: George E. Edgecomb Courthouse

September 20, 2018
Hillsborough County is full of inspiring, iconic, and interesting places, and there are remarkable...
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Ceremony, Marker Celebrate Civil Rights-era Sit-In

March 15, 2018
Clarence Fort will be at the long-closed F.W. Woolworth store in downtown Tampa on Saturday, Feb....
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Faces behind the Places: C. Blythe Andrews, Jr. Public Library

May 28, 2019
Hillsborough County is full of inspiring, iconic, and interesting places, and there are remarkable...
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E.L. Bing Sports Complex and Bing Elementary School

January 31, 2022
Hillsborough County is full of inspiring, iconic, and interesting places, and there are remarkable...