“Remembering Our Past” Planning For Our Future aims to celebrate Black history differently

Writer: Drew Hill
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This weekend, an event will be held that aims to change how we envision and celebrate Black History.

“Remembering Our Past” Panning For Our Future is set for Sunday, and it is focused on cultivating the inner self to help manage and overcome the challenges of life. They are working to build self-esteem, confidence, and connections towards a better life for Black people in Fort Myers.

Keesha Allen-Thomas is the performing arts director and DCF license director for the Quality of Life Center in Fort Myers. “Bring your friends, your family members, your children. It is so important for our youth to see people who look like us who have been in these positions where they overcame trials and tribulations. But also to see successful people in Fort Myers who are living the dream that so many of our ancestors fought for,” Allen-Thomas said.

This Black History Month program is about cultivating the inner self to manage and overcome life’s struggles. “It’s not just prepared mentally, emotionally, financially, we’re in, you know, in a place where the market for real estate is really booming. So a lot of people who are living income to income are going to be struggling,” said Allen-Thomas.

The Quality of Life Center is partnering with the Lee County NAACP and the Center for Islam and Cultural Awareness for this Black History Month event.

“These three organizations are getting together to talk about the importance of Black America of Black people being professional and proactive and having stock and property and Black Wall Street and ‘what does it mean?’, and ‘why is it so important?'” said Allen-Thomas.

People have the opportunity to network and learn and, hopefully, will walk away inspired.

“We will have presentations to talk about all of the empowerment, cultivating and being more proactive,” Allen-Thomas said.

“And it’s not just for African Americans in general, but because it’s a black history of and we’re going to talk about, you know, the people that have made black history so important,” said Allen-Thomas.

The “Remembering Our Past” Planning For Our Future event will be held on Sunday at Quality of Life Center. It begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For complete directions and to RSVP, see the flyer below.


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