WATCH: Vanessa Echols hosts ‘Getting Real about Central Florida’s Black history’

ORLANDO, Fla. — Channel 9 Eyewitness News is highlighting the trailblazers and pioneers of Central Florida’s black history.

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They’re people who stood up to be leaders, taking a stand in communities across the country and here at home.

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We’re digging into the stories of how the past has paved the way for today as well as the future.

Our special, “Getting Real about Central Florida’s Black history” aired at 7:30 p.m. Friday on Channel 9.

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