February is Black History Month! The City of Jackson is recognizing this annual celebration by sharing the history of places important to the African American experience in Jackson.
In 2019, the City honored the month by sharing stories of local African Americans who made an impact in the community and nation. In daily social media posts throughout February, notable residents like Lucy Thurman, Carl Breeding, Benny Poole, Shirley Pitts and many others were lauded for their contributions. The City’s Facebook page was a popular spot to see these posts. 17 Black History Month posts throughout the month yielded a total of 2,852 likes, 181 comments and 4,443 shares.
This year, the City is telling the stories of places that have impacted the lives of African Americans in Jackson. Locations like the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the original site of the Jackson Blazer newspaper will be recognized. Assistant to the City Manager Amber Clark and Public Information Officer Aaron Dimick are leading this effort by researching locations, writing profiles and posting to social media. Dimick says they have spoken to community members about which places they’d like to see highlighted. “We’re very excited to bring this important history to light. There is a wide variety of locations that will be honored from the 1800s up until today. It was encouraging to see such a big response from the community in 2019 and we hope to surpass that enthusiasm in 2020,” Dimick said.
These daily celebrations can be found on the City’s website, and on the City’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts throughout February, 2020.