Honoring our History - Guest post


Written & Edited by:   Michelle F. Murray Clark on behalf of Legacy Events Community Council

The Legacy Events Community Council came about when Mr. Eugene & Mrs. Alice Leach envisioned bringing unique events to the area to connect our neighborhoods and the community at large. The purpose is to shine the spotlight on positive African American accomplishments, as well as bring a fresh awareness to our ingenious culture and heritage.

On February 23, 2019, the First Annual Black History Showcase debuted at Barker’s Park. Titled: “Black Culture, Amazing Achievements; From the Motherland to this Land,” the determination was focused on honoring our past, celebrating our present and inspiring our future.

Guest participants were from our very own neighborhood and others traveled from surrounding Central Florida and South Florida counties to share their interpretations on the platform, with renditions of Open Mic Reflections of spoken word through poetry and Bible Scriptures, music which told stories or conveyed messages though the rhythmic beats of the Djembe and Dundun drums, with master drummers, Baba Larry Green and Baba Richard Foster. Dance movements for various occasions or personal expression were brought to life by the mother, daughter, grand-daughter trio, Blessed Generations. Tracy Anderson gave an illuminating tribute on little known, unheralded historical African American forerunners. Ever hear of Stagecoach Mary? Fritz Pollard? What about Hazel Scott? Google them to find out how they set the standard as African American trail-blazers.

The honorees for the event this year were:  Hema Oodhican, who as an elementary school student was below her grade level in reading and math. With the support of her parents and others, Hema made the honor roll and achieved several academics awards and earned the distinction of being inducted as a member into the Elementary School Honor Society. She continues to be an honor roll student to this day.

Ms. Vernice Andriotis was recognized for her many years of dedicated volunteer service.

To our sponsors, District 6 Orlando City Commissioner, Regina Hill, West Lakes, and Polis Institute, your support has been unwavering and vital. You are appreciated.

There were many of you who stepped up, even in the last minutes, to help bring this event forth. Your efforts were not taken for granted. A huge and heart-felt THANK YOU for whatever, however you contributed. You made the difference.

Stay tuned, as more banging events are on already in the planning phase from the Legacy Events Community Council. Such huge undertakings require a dedicated, committed team. If you have a sincere willingness to put in the leg work, sweat, and be part of bringing phenomenal events to the community, have goods to loan or donate or want help financially, you are needed. No skills necessary. Contact us @:  leccbhm@gmail.com or by phone at 407.294.5637.