Orlando Magic Celebrate Black History Month

The Orlando Magic will recognize the progress, richness and diversity of African American achievements and reflect on both the history and teachings of those whose contributions are still too little known by celebrating Black History Month on Friday, February 23 when the Magic host the Detroit Pistons.

The Magic will hold in-game activities on February 23 to include receptions, Central Florida history facts displayed on the Magic Vision and The African American Community Network will also be at the game (and each game in February) to hand out literature.

Black History Month began in a smaller form during the 1920s when Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. In 1976, the month-long celebration was implemented and February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

Activities include:
• Post game meet and greet with Magic forward Grant Hill and 20 children from Parramore Kids Zone.
• Luxury Suite VIP reception for 16 community leaders from nine local African American organizations (Metropolitan Orlando Urban League, 100 Black Men, Black Business Investment Fund, African American Chamber of Commerce, United Negro College Fund, University of Central Florida African American Studies, Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, NAACP, Frontline Outreach Inc.)
• ‘High Five Line Up’ with the Agape Saints Basketball team.
• Gospel Artist Canton Jones to sing national anthem.
• Halftime performers Beale Street Flippers.
• Danielle Morgan from the Universal Orlando Boys and Girls Club will be recognized at halftime as B&G Club Student of the Year for her dedication to the community and academic achievements.
• Throughout the month, African American non-profit organizations are invited to distribute literature at each Magic home game on Section 117 of the concourse. On February 23, the African American Chamber of Commerce and UCF African American Studies will be the guests.