Black History Month Bloomington Style 2013: Lessons in Leadership

Each year, the City of Bloomington Black History Month Committee plans activities and events for the community to celebrate and commemorate the month of February as Black History Month ~ Bloomington Style.  This year’s theme is “Lessons in Leadership.”  Leadership is defined as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.  In order to become an affective leader you must first have the desire and willpower to lead by example.  A great leader exemplifies the qualities of being willing to learn, courage, respect and value for others.  Not only do great leaders promote progression for their own communities, but they also help breakdown the social barriers imposed on others.  Who is considered an African American leader in 2013?  Immediately, President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle came to mind, but there are so many others.  This year we will recognize African American leadership from the past and present as well as examine what must be done to develop future leaders.  Developing healthy leaders is a common goal shared throughout the community, the state and our nation.  All City of Bloomington Black History Month events are open to the public. Events are free unless otherwise stated.


Entire Month of February – The Indiana University Archives of African American Music is presenting The Evolution of the Black Music Industry, an exhibit that traces the local and national history of African Americans in the music industry over the last century.  The exhibit will be located on the first floor of Showers City Hall throughout the month of February.

President Obama’s Second Term: Where Do We Go From Here?

February 11, 2013 | Showers City Hall | 6PM

With the presidential election over and over a year to local elections, this forum will examine how local residents can stay involved in the political process and what must be done to prepare for the election of those who represent our interests in Bloomington, Indianapolis and Washington, DC?

Black History Month Essay Contest Awards Reception

February 21, 2013 | Fairview Elementary School, 500 West 7th Street | 6PM

Parents, teachers, siblings, and community members are invited to join Mayor Mark Kruzan as he presents awards to the authors of the winning 2013 Black History Month essays.  Awards will be presented in the Elementary, Middle and High School levels. Join us in supporting these budding authors and historians.  Refreshments will be served.  For additional information contact

8th Annual Black History Month Gala

February 23, 2013 | Hilton Garden Inn, 245 N. College Avenue | Reception: 6:30pm, Doors Open: 7:00pm | Costs: $45

This elegant evening of dinner and dancing culminates the City of Bloomington Black History Month Celebration.  The evening includes dinner, live music provided by Flipside featuring Just Christi, a silent auction and the presentation of the 2013 City of Bloomington Living Legend and the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow Awards.  Tickets are $45 and available at the BCT Box Office beginning January 21, 2013.  The BCT Box Office is located at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue or on the web at

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