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. Jimmie “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 founded the Jivin’ Jets, which played the Sunset Lounge in the 1960s and ‘70s. Terry Greene achieved success as a singer, songwriter, record producer, and author.

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.


  • Reception (wine and appetizers) to a soundtrack of music from participating musicians 
  • Terrion Nelson, recording artist, as Emcee 
  • Caron Bowman, founder of Street Art Revolution 
  • Carle Wayne Vickers, recording artist and composer 
  • John Reese and Benjamin T. Littles, performers 
  • Joe Fisher, LaVon Kinsey, and J.P. Robinson of The Chanteers 
  • George McCrae, international recording artist 
  • Reginald Daniels and John Bunch of The Jivin’ Jets 
  • Jimmy Bo Horne, international recording artist 
  • Terry Greene, performer, analyst, and author 
  • Shawn McCrae of the Dereck Mac Band and brother Troy McCrae 
  • Samantha Cyprian, owner of the Soul Movement Dance Studio 

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Feb 08 2024


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum
300 N. Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, FL
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