2015 Cannonball Jazz Series
. The next concert will be held on May 16, 2015 as part of the Florida Emancipation Day Celebration. Note that in 2015 the Cannonball Jazz Series will be held in conjuntion with the Dillard Center for the arts and the amazing students who are under the direction of bandleader, Christopher Dorsey. The Florida Emancipation Day festival will include songs, displays and more from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Black Trailblazers
of Broward County
Many African Americans helped blaze the trails that developed into Broward County. Some obtained wealth, such as John H. Hill, Dr. Von D. Mizell, and Silvia Alridge. Many did not, but their hard work contributed to the welfare and economy of the county by clearing the land, building railroads, harvesting crops, cooking meals, maintaining services at hotels and educating children for the next level of endeavors. Throughout the years, the Old Dillard Museum has seen how proud the African American community has been of its role in the area, regardless of the roadblocks that they encountered.
As the county celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Old Dillard Museum will focus on the black community’s people, places and events that continue to be a part of this area’s rich and vibrant history. Our activities will combine the resources of the community’s historical advocates and the artistic practitioners to develop entertaining and exciting experiences for Broward Country’s African American neighborhoods.
The Old Dillard Museum is one of 473 institutions across the nation that is promoting a selection of PBS documentary films to encourage community discussion of America’s civil rights history. Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Gilder Lehrman developed the exciting programmatic and support materials for the sites. The powerful documentaries, The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, Freedom Riders, and The Loving Story, include dramatic scenes of incidents in the 150-year effort to achieve equal rights for all. Freedom Riders received an Emmy in 2012, and The Loving Story and The Abolitionists have been nominated for Emmys in 2013.
Our season of events will include other musical concerts, workshops, lectures and more. Check out our “Black Trailblazers of Broward County” Brochure for more information.