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Honoring Black History: Vanessa Echols discusses her interviews with Central Florida’s trailblazers

WFTV anchor Vanessa Echols and 9 Family Connection decided to honor Black History Month in Central Florida by bringing attention to the stories of leaders in our communities.

  'It was a total year of isolation': Dr. Lavon Bracy recalls being the first Black graduate of Gainesville High School

  'I represent more than just myself': Jerry Demings recalls the importance of African-American leadership

  'We need these symbols to remind us': Ocoee Massacre kept in Central Florida memories 100 years later

  'If you don't know what happened in the past, you are doomed to repeat those mistakes,' says Belvin Perry


Who was Carter G. Woodson? 7 things to know about the 'Father of Black History'

  What is the National Civil Rights Museum?

  5 things you didn’t know about Martin Luther King Jr.

Judge Belvin Perry recalls growing up during segregation, the KKK, why his father became an OPD cop