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Attorney Joe North donates $100,000 to the Lee County Black History Society for the Black Cultural Center

In an effort to spur community support and energize fundraising for a planned Black Cultural Center, Attorney Joe North and his family including his wife Benita, son, Joe North Jr., daughter, Kem Longo, and Joe’s father, James North, presented a check for $100,000 to the Lee County Black History Society on March 15 at the Williams Academy Black History Museum at Roberto Clemente Park in Fort Myers. “Over the [...]

March 21st, 2023|

Williams Academy Black History Museum Remains a Community Staple in Dunbar Neighborhood

By Erica Van Buren, Fort Myers News-Press February 21, 2023 The Williams Academy Black History Museum, a staple in the Dunbar community, highlights the accomplishments of historical figures that called Fort Myers home. “The Williams Academy Black History Museum opened in January 2001,” said Charles Barnes, chairman of the Lee County Black History Society. “The building was an old schoolhouse built in 1912. It was actually the first government building [...]

March 3rd, 2023|

Black History Month activities planned at Roberto Clemente Park

Movie Night planned Feb. 10; Heart Hustle health event Feb. 25 The Lee County Black History Society is hosting two events for Black History Month, including Movie in the Park Feb. 10 and Heart Hustle, a health and wellness event Feb. 25. On Friday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., the society will show “Teach Us All,” a 2017 documentary that examines educational inequality after the 60th anniversary [...]

February 8th, 2023|

Dunbar residents consider Black present, future as well as history

As Black History Month begins in 2023, people who live in the Dunbar community say they’ve come a long way, but there’s more to do. Keoshia Brown, a science teacher at Dunbar High School, has a message for Black parents and anyone else who wants to listen. “We are Black history, I am Black history, and it is our responsibility to make sure we remember it and we discuss it [...]

February 3rd, 2023|

Join the Lee County Black History Society Team!

Office Manager needed to help shape and support the future of the organization The Lee County Black History Society (LCBHS) is looking for a passionate community member to manage operations in the office of the LCBHS and the Williams Academy Black History Museum in Clemente Park in Fort Myers as an Office Manager. The office manager is responsible for keeping the office running smoothly and overseeing administrative support. The job [...]

January 4th, 2023|

The 10th Annual Holiday in the Park kicks off Dec. 3 at Roberto Clemente Park

The annual Movie in the Park screening ‘Jingle Jangle’ is Friday, Dec. 9 The Lee County Black History Society is hosting two popular events for the holiday season, including its 10th annual Holiday in the Park and annual Movie in the Park. Holiday in the Park will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Roberto Clemente Park in Fort Myers. With the theme “Celebrating African [...]

November 20th, 2022|

Florida Black History Documentary Offered as Part of Movie in the Park Series

Date: May 10, 2022 Three showings of a documentary about Florida Black history are planned May 13, 14 and 20 FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 10, 2022) – In celebration of Emancipation Day in Florida May 20, the Lee County Black History Society offers free screenings of “Invisible History: Middle Florida’s Hidden Roots.” The movie will be shown at Roberto Clemente Park, 1936 Henderson Ave., Fort Myers. On Friday, May 13 [...]

September 20th, 2022|

10th Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration with the Dunbar Festival Committee

Date: June 3, 2022 The Family Day in the Park recognizes one of the oldest African American recognized celebrations that mark the end of slavery in the United States The Dunbar Festival Committee and the Lee County Black History Society are partnering to host its 10th Annual Juneteenth Community Celebration at Roberto Clemente Park in Fort Myers from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.  This years’ Juneteenth [...]

September 20th, 2022|

Williams Academy Black History Museum Presents 20th of May Emancipation Day Virtual Exhibit

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War, and two years after the Proclamation first issued by President Abraham Lincoln freed those enslaved in Southern states. For this reason, Emancipation Day is traditionally celebrated on.

June 2nd, 2021|

What does Emancipation Day – Winning Essay

What Emancipation Day May 20th Means to Me | Contest was sponsored by the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. “What does Emancipation Day, May 20th mean to me?”. Explain the historical significance of Emancipation Day, May 20th, 1865, and describe what this day means to you. Opportunity “We the People,” the first three words of the United States Constitution, is a potent phrase that conveys a sense of [...]

June 2nd, 2021|

Dunbar Easter Parade Founder Evelyn Sams Canady (ENCORE)

This Sunday marks the Easter Holiday and here in Southwest Florida residents are gearing up for a long-held tradition in Fort Myers that today attracts tens of thousands of people:  The Dunbar Easter Parade.  This week’s encore essay from News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams pays homage to the legendary local woman who founded the parade74 years ago. Evelyn Sams Canady was an educator as well as an important civic and religious leader [...]

April 19th, 2019|

The Lee County Black History Society offers a glimpse into history

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Friday is the start of Black History Month, and we want to share with you the history of some African American heritage in Southwest Florida. The Lee County Black History Society building is the perfect way to kick off the celebration. It’s located at 1936 Henderson Avenue in Fort Myers, and the building was actually the first government-funded black school in Fort Myers. Inside, there are walls [...]

February 1st, 2019|

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