An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories at Polk County History Center

Bartow, Fla (May 3, 2019) – The Polk County History Center, in partnership with the Florida Humanities Council and Bartow’s Community Relations Committee, will hold a special event at 5:30 p.m. May 18, as part of the Race & Culture Lecture series.

A main feature of the evening’s entertainment, Dr. Kitty Oliver will provide the jazz cabaret performance, “An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories,” assisted by Tim Jack, musical director. Dr. Oliver is a veteran journalist, university professor and public scholar. She has produced PBS TV documentaries on cross-cultural race relations experiences, shared historical and personal reflections on CNN and appeared in the recent international award-winning Ron Howard Beatles film, “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years.”

Funding for “An Evening of Jazz and Multicolored Memories” is provided by a community project grant through the Florida Humanities Council, an independent and nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The community project grant provides support for the planning and implementation of public humanities programs and resources that meet the needs and interests of local communities.

The evening’s festivities will open with a program offered by Bartow’s Community Relations Committee to commemorate the 154th anniversary of Florida’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was first read May 20, 1865. The event will feature music from Sankofa Chorale of Winter Haven, directed by Dr. Jessie Owens of Polk State College. The segment also will include a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by local historian Lloyd Harris. The evening will conclude with the jazz cabaret performance.

Refreshments will be provided by the Bartow Community Relations Committee, and activities for children ages 3-8 will be available.

The Bartow Community Relations Committee also will sponsor a special gospel music program at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at Burkett Chapple Primitive Baptist Church at 4 p.m., featuring the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. The church is located at 415 S. Third Ave., Bartow.

The Bartow Community Relations Committee promotes awareness, commitment, and action to foster racial and ethnic equality and harmony within the Bartow community.

The Polk County History Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 100 E. Main St. in Bartow. Visit or call (863) 534-4386 for more information on exhibits and programming. All programs and events are free and open to the public.

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