Exhibits & Events | 2023

ASALH Black History Month Celebration and Dinner

When

February 25, 2023 at 6 PM

Where

200 6th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Admission

Varies

What

Join the St Petersburg Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and very special guest filmmaker Valerie Scoon for an evening of enlightenment. Valerie Scoon is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who is currently a professor on staff at the University of Florida. She has worked with such powerhouses as HARPO Studios and Warner Brothers. Ms. Scoon will screen her prize work INVISIBLE HISTORY: MIDDLE FLORIDA’S HIDDEN ROOTS which explores the little-known history of plantations and enslavement in Florida. A Q&A session follows the film.

 

For more information, go on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asalh-celebration-and-dinner-tickets-464738163357

2023 Legends Ball

When

February 18 at 6:30 PM

Where

The Coliseum

Admission

Varies

What

The Legends Ball is a celebration of success, commitment and excellence in accordance with our mission to preserve, present, interpret, celebrate and commemorate African American History and the culture.

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida’s 2023 Legends Ball, will honor the lives and legacies of individuals who have made extraordinary strides in our community and beyond, as consummate leaders, and contributors to Black History.

2023 Honorees

  • The Honorable Darryl Rouson (State Senator)
  • The Honorable Kenneth T. Welch (Mayor)
  • Mr. Anthony Holloway (St. Petersburg Police Chief)
  • Dr. Frederic J. Guerrier (Local and international physician and Humanitarian)
  • Reverend Watson L. Haynes II  President and CEO Pinellas County  Urban League (Posthumously)
  • (Ray Arsenault Lifetime Achievement Awardee)
  • Jon Wilson, Journalist and Author

Sponsorship & Table Options

$25,000 Title Sponsor – SOLD

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$15,000 Program Sponsor – SOLD

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$10,000 Signature Sponsor – SOLD

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$5,000 Patron Sponsor



  • Patron Sponsor level recognition on social media
  • Half page program advertisement in The Legends Awards Program
  • Patron Sponsor level recognition in Tampa Bay Times
  • Patron Sponsor level recognition in event signage
  • One table of 8
  • Corporate table signage

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$3,000 Table Sponsor



  • One table of 8
  • Corporate table signage and Corporate Table Sponsor level recognition

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$1,000 Table of 8



  • One table of 8

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$250 Congratulatory Remarks



  • Congratulatory remarks in program presentation.

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$125 Individual Ticket



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I cannot attend, but I wish to contribute to the Legends Ball:




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The Woodson African American Museum of Florida is grateful for the generosity and support of Legends Awards Gala.

Can We Talk?

When

February 13, 2023 from 7-8:30 PM

Where

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdu-trTkiHdU2yg71ZUI-20oPCEifZUXt

Admission

Free

What

This meeting of “Can We Talk?” will be starting the discussion of our new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee. This book comes in physical, digital, and audio format.

If you need help getting the book, please contact woodsonmuseum@gmail.com

 

Black History Month Flag Raising Ceremony

When

February 1, 2023 at 2 PM

Where

St. Petersburg City Hall

Admission

Free

What

In the honor of the Black History Month, The Woodson’s flag will be raised at City Hall.

Classic Black

When

January 29th at 5 PM

Where

The Palladium

Admission

https://mypalladium.org/events/classic-black/

What

Classic Black will be tributing black excellence in classical music. Join us for Classic Black, a concert that honor black excellence in classical music. The concert will consist of All African American Classical performers, that have recognition in our community, country, and globally.

This concert will feature performances by:

Jeremiah Abiah 

Nia Drummond 

Taylor Honor

John Lamb  

Gregory Sheppard 

Maiya Stevenson 

Carlos Walker 

Yohance Wicks

Latoya McCormick

 

 

Presented by The Woodson African American Museum of Florida, in partnership with St. Petersburg Opera Company and St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Second Saturday Art Walk | January 14, 2023

When

January 14 from 5-8 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free

What

Join us for the opening reception for Dr. Gary L. Lemons’ exhibition, Touch in the Spirit of Love. Touch in the Spirit of Love is a series of paintings that graphically illustrate the value of love for all humanity. Rooted in Afrocentric colors and patterns, his art that features hands in different colors touching each other in this painting series artistically demonstrates the power of love rooted in freedom for all people who have been historically oppressed.

Dr. Lemons will be on-site to chat about his work.

Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Can We Talk? Book Orientation

When

January 9 from 7-8:30 PM

Where

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdu-trTkiHdU2yg71ZUI-20oPCEifZUXt

Admission

Free

What

The first book club meeting of the year will be an inclusive orientation and introduction to our upcoming book.

Books do not need to be purchased for this meeting.

Radical Self Tenderness Workshop

When

January 7, 2023 from 11 AM-2 PM

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Suggested Donation

What

Join us for this kick-off to Radical Self Tenderness month with a workshop hosted by The Woodson and The Well.

This workshop is based on Christie Hardwick’s new book, Radical Self Tenderness. Explore your own barriers to nurturing your soul and emerge with a greater commitment to being radically tender.

Christie is an award-winning leader and leadership coach with over 40 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Now, she is a fellow traveler on the path to the best version of herself.

Touch in the Spirit of Love | Dr. Gary L. Lemons

When

January 10

Where

The Woodson African American Museum of Florida

Admission

Free, email woodsonmuseum@gmail.com if you plan on visiting with a group of 5 or more.

What

Dr. Gary L. Lemons is a professor of African American literature and Biblical studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa campus. He has a B.S.E. degree in Studio Art, M.A. and Ph.D. in English, and an Advanced Certificate in Museum Studies from New York University. Over the years, he has been awarded three postdoctoral fellowships—two from the National Endowment for the Humanities and one from the Rockefeller Foundation. He is also an ordained minister. His book publications include—Black Male Outsider, a Memoir: Teaching as a Pro-Feminist Man (2008); Womanist Forefathers, Frederick Douglass and W.E.B. Du Bois (2009); Feminist Solidarity at the Crossroads: Intersectional Women’s Studies for Transracial Alliance (2012); Caught Up in the Spirit! Teaching for Womanist Liberation (2017); Hooked on the Art of Love: bell hooks and My Calling for Soul Work (2018); Let Love Lead on a Course to Freedom (2019); Building Womanist Coalitions: Writing and Teaching in the Spirit of Love (2019); Liberation for the Oppressed: Community Healing through Activist Transformation, A Call to CHAT (2022); The Power and Freedom of Black Feminist and Womanist Pedagogy: Still Woke (2022).

 

 

“I am a Black abstract painter. Conceptually, my paintings are rooted in Africentric colors and patterns. I believe art should inspire all people to connect to the liberating power of communal love. Touch in the Spirit of Love is a series of paintings that graphically illustrate the value of love for all humanity. In an imaginary, spiritually enriched context—this series calls all people together to see each other reaching out to one another through the touching of their hands. The hands in my paintings connect people together to express hope for the life-saving power of love committed to community-building. As envisioned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., hope for a “beloved community” can be realized when people actively join together to show love for social justice. Overall, the paintings in this series visually challenge people to see the need for loving wholeness in mind, body, heart, and soul. Hands of different colors touching each other in this painting series artistically demonstrate the power of love rooted in freedom for all people who have been historically oppressed.”