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Black History Month activities planned at Roberto Clemente Park

Lee County Black History Society

An Artist Talk Feb. 1 and Prayer Breakfast Feb. 3 will focus on African Americans and the Arts

The Lee County Black History Society is hosting two events for Black History Month, themed African Americans and the Arts. The Artist Talk will be Feb. 1 and the Prayer Breakfast will be Feb. 3, both at Roberto Clemente Park, 1936 Henderson Ave., Fort Myers.

“In the vibrant tapestry of our shared history, celebrating African Americans through the arts is not just a recognition of our past, but a testament to the enduring spirit that enriches our present and inspires the future. Each artistic expression becomes a brushstroke, painting a narrative of resilience, creativity and cultural legacy that deserves to be celebrated by all,” said Lee County Black History Society Executive Director Autumn Watkins Holloway. “It’s also fitting to celebrate African Americans and the Arts as we continue to move forward with plans for the African American Cultural Center.”

Artist Challen Rivera will present the free Artist Talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. The talk will take place outside in the courtyard of the Williams Academy Black History Museum. A museum tour showcasing the featured art exhibit, “African Americans and the Arts” will begin immediately afterwards. Rivera is a contemporary artist with roots in Fort Myers, whose art reflects her Southern and Jamaican heritage. The mother of four draws from her life experiences and the mentorship of mothers.

Lee County Black History Society Nalin Isme

Artist Nalin Isme, 16, of Fort Myers will be the speaker at the annual prayer breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 3 in the park’s multipurpose room. Isme is a high school student who has exhibited his contemporary work throughout Florida and published a children’s book, “Alphatales.” In 2022, he led a painting party for the Lee County Black History Society for Black History Month.

The breakfast features delectable offerings from Mildred’s ToGo and Catering, providing a taste of the rich and flavorful traditional Southern breakfast. Attendees can also partake in guided tours of the Williams Academy Black History Museum.

While both events are free, registration is required. Visit www.LeeCountyBlackHistorySociety.org/events/ to register in advance.

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