Celebrating Black History: Unity and Community
This season the Historical Society of Palm Beach County invites the community to unite for a special event to pay homage to homegrown African American stars in music, art, and dance.
A multimedia montage will feature local musicians from the first era of the Sunset Lounge, which is soon to rise again. Some launched their careers at the Sunset alongside big names like Count Basie and James Brown. Jimmy “Bo” Horne and Benjamin T. Littles built national performing careers, and George McCrae went international. Shawn McCrae cut his teeth at the Sunset, founding the Derek Mack Band. Carle Vickers appeared in movies, music videos, and television shows and commercials. Joe Fisher, leader of The Chanteers vocal group that originated at Roosevelt High School, was named one of the top 100 US radio broadcasters. Reginald Daniels played for the Jivin’ Jets at the Sunset Lounge in the 1960s and ‘70s.
This celebration will include a multi-panel exhibit on these accomplished Palm Beach County residents in the historic courtroom during February. Those who are able will attend the opening event.
Caron Bowman of Street Art Revolution, the source of many outdoor murals in downtown West Palm Beach, will offer a presentation about recognizing the contributions of our African American citizens. The Soul Movement Dance Ensemble, Soul Stage creative dance troupe will add to the festivities.