Demographics of Orlando

                               White          Black       Native American           Asian          Hispanic

Total Population  57.6%         28.1%                 0.4%                      3.8%             25.4%


1.Orlando is a major city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan region. The city-proper population is 238,300 making Orlando the 80th largest city in the United States.

2.Orlando and Orange County originally became the center of a major citrus-growing region, and by the late 1930s was Florida's largest inland city. Orlando is now a World City heavily urbanized with various industries. The area is a major tourist destination and is the home of Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, located 21 miles southwest of downtown Orlando, is the home of Walt Disney World. These attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the first most visited American city in 2009.

3.Cityscape:  There are 115 neighborhoods within the city limits of Orlando and many unincorporated communities. Orlando's city limits resemble a checkerboard, with pockets of unincorporated Orange County surrounded by city limits. Such an arrangement can be cumbersome as some areas are served by both Orange County and the City of Orlando. This also explains Orlando's relatively low city population when compared to its metropolitan population. The city and county are currently working together in an effort to "round-out" the city limits with Orlando annexing portions of land already bordering the current city limits.

4.Industry:  Orlando is a major industrial and hi-tech center. The metro area has a $13.4 billion technology industry employing 53,000 people; and is a nationally recognized cluster of innovation in digital media, agricultural technology, aviation, aerospace, and software design. More than 150 international companies, representing approximately 20 countries, have facilities in Metro Orlando.

5.Entertainment and performing arts:  The hip hop music, metal, rock music, reggaeton and Latino music scenes are all active within the city. Orlando is known as "Hollywood East" because of numerous movie studios in the area. Major motion picture production was active in the city during the mid-to-late 1990s, but has slowed in the past decade. Probably the most famous film-making moment in the city's history occurred with the implosion of Orlando's previous City Hall for the movie Lethal Weapon 3. 

6.Shopping malls:  Orlando is a lucrative retail market with at least five major upscale department stores and more than 50,000,000 square feet of shopping space in Central Florida.

7.The Florida Mall is the largest mall in Orlando and one of the largest single-story malls in the USA at over 1,849,000 sq ft. There are over 250 stores, seven anchor department stores, and the Florida Mall Hotel & Conference Center Tower. 

8.The Mall at Millenia is a contemporary two-level upscale shopping mall, including the department stores of Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and Neiman Marcus. The mall covers an area of 1,118,000 ft. 

9.Orlando Fashion Square is the nearest indoor shopping mall to Downtown Orlando and one of the first to open in the city. The mall features 4 anchor department stores and a 14-screen Premiere Cinema theater.

10.Festival Bay Mall on International Drive is home to stores, a skate park, and a theater.

Radio Stations

WOKB 1680AM Talk Radio Show Empowering the Community 
WPOZ 88.3 FM Union Park, FL Christian Contemporary 
WUCF 89.9 FM Orlando, FL University of Central Florida Jazz 
WPYO 95.3 FM Maitland, FL Hip Hop 
WJHM 101.9 FM Daytona Beach, FL Urban Contemporary 
WLOQ 103.1 FM Windermere, FL Smooth Jazz 
WXXL 106.7 FM Tavares, FL Top-40 
WRMQ 1140 AM Orlando, FL Gospel Music 

A Touch of History

The African American presence in this region began when the Spanish controlled Central and North Florida from the 18th through early 19th century. Many people of African descent coexisted peacefully with the indigenous Seminole Indians and Spaniard soldiers...... 

What’s Happening?

Central Florida Community Arts and the Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education announce the “Arts for Every Life!” Scholarship Fund. 

Joshua Vickery, Central Florida Community Arts
Barry L. Miller, Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education
November 17, 2017

Orlando, FL --- Today, Central Florida Community Arts’ Founder Joshua Vickery announced the formation of ‘Arts for Every Life,’ a new scholarship fund for college-bound Central Florida High School students. The scholarship, initially funded by a $10,000 donation from the Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education, will reward $1,000 scholarships to students who demonstrate proficiency and who have gained acceptance to 2 or 4 year universities in one of the following disciplines: Theatre, Musical Theatre, Dance, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, and Instrumental Music Performance

The establishment of the Scholarship Fund is an initiate of the Foundation and Barry L. Miller stated: “This is a great way for students to further their education by becoming involved in the Arts through great organizations such as Central Florida Community Arts.”

Barry L. Miller is an attorney practicing law in Orlando and is the President of The Closing Agent, Inc., a title and escrow company with five locations in central Florida. The company was recognized in 2015 and again in 2016 by ICIC as one of the top 100 growing inner city companies in the United States and featured in Fortune Magazine.


THE FOUNDATION’S MISSION STATEMENT: The Barry L. Miller Foundation for Arts and Education has been funded to promote, perpetuate, enrich and improve music, performing arts, visual arts and theater arts and to advance arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding in the Community. The Foundation advocates and funds grant opportunities, financial support for scholarships and quality programming to individuals, artists, students, as well as educational institutions, community groups, theatre companies and other artistic endeavors to that further the arts and education in the community.

Applications will be available by January 1, 2017 at www.cfcarts.com/scholarships and will be due by May 1, 2017. For more information on the application process or to help sponsor the Arts for Every Life Scholarship Program, contact:

Donald Rupe
(407) 973-1800 


1.Amvets Post 30 -  Category: Lounge -  315 Ferguson Drive Orlando, Fl (407) 294-0838.

2.BB King's Blues Club -  Category: Soul Food, American, Entertainment -  9101 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 370-4550   - (visit website).

3.Blue Martini Orlando -  Category: Night Club -  4200 Conroy Rd Orlando, FL 32839 (407) 218-7800  - (visit website) 

4.Bob Marley’s -  Category: Night Club -  1000 Universal Studios Plaza Orlando, FL 32819 (407) 224-3663

5.Club Whispers -  Category: Entertainment - R&B - Reggae -  4732 South Kirkman Road Orlando, Fl (407) 290-9896.

6.House of Blues -  Category: Soul Food - Entertainment -   1490 East Buena Vista Drive Orlando, Fl (407) 934-2583  - (visit website)

7.House of Blues Gospel Brunch -  1490 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830 (407) 934-2583  - (visit website) .

8.Rain Night Club -  Category: Night Club -  4732 S. Kirkman Rd. Orlando, FL 32811 (407) 298-4200  -(visit website) 

9.Roxy Nightclub -  Category: Night Club -  740 Bennett Road Orlando, FL 32803 (407) 898-4004  -(visit website)

10.The Groove -  Category: Nightclub -   6000 Universal Boulevard Orlando, Fl (407) 224-3663




1.Florida Music Festival -(April)  Location: Downtown Orlando Concert Venues   - (visit website) 

Fun for all! 

2.Mardi Gras! -(February - April)   6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32819 - Universal Orlando Resort   - (visit website) The best celebration of The Big Easy outside of New Orleans. 


3.The Florida Entertainment Summit -(November)-(visit website) 

In addition to events surrounding the historic Florida Classic featuring college rivals Florida A&M University & Bethune Cookman University, FESummit will feature panel discussions, fashion, showcases, meet & greets & more. 


4.WLOQ’s Smooth Jazz Under the Stars -(April)  Location: Venue On The Lake - Baldwin Park 

Fun for all! 


Church Street Mural
DESCRIPTION: Local artist gives an insightful look at affairs in the community.

ADDRESS: 400 block of West Chuch Street  MAP

PARKING: On street and Church Street Station garage

Well’s Built Museum of African American History

Address:  511 West South Street,Orlando, FL 32805

Phone: (407) 245-7535

Hours: 9AM TO 5PM

Monday             9AM–5PM

Tuesday             9AM–5PM

Wednesday       9AM–5PM

Thursday           9AM–5PM

Friday                 9AM–5PM

Saturday           Closed

Sunday              Closed


Formerly called the Wells Built Hotel of 1929, when owned by Dr William Monroe Wells, Orlando’s 1st African American physician; during WWII, Dr. Wells was the only African American physician in Orlando and white physicians did not treat African American patients; he is known to hav delivered 5,000 babies in Orlando; Well’s motivation to build the hotel was to accommodate Blacks patronizing his South Street Casino during segregation; Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Bo Diddley and Ray Charles and many other black celebrities frequented the place when on tour.

ADMISSION: Donations appreciated

PARKING: On street

PHONE: 407-245-7535

WEBSITE: http://www.pastinc.org

Eatonville, FL
Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts

DESCRIPTION: Local and national artists in this important small museum and much more; it also features student arts programs, tour guides and a newsletter; there will be even more to tour when the museum and City Hall, next door, complete planning to develop a cultural/entertainment district around the museum; Mon-Fri 9a-4p; group tours available by reservation for small fee; north of Orlando on I-4, exit at Lee Road, then an immediate left at Wymore Road, proceed north, then right on Kennedy.

ADMISSION: Donations appreciated

DAYS & HOURS: 9a-4p

ADDRESS: 227 East Kennedy Blvd , Eatonville, FL 32751 MAP

PARKING: On street

PHONE: 407-647-3307

WEBSITE: https://zorafestival.org/


1.Carter Tabernacle CME Church -1 South Cottage Hill Road Orlando, Florida (407) 295-4931  -(visit website) 


2.Faith World - 7601 Forest City Road Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 292-8888   - (visit website) 


3.Greater New Hope Church - 3032 Monte Carlo Trail Orlando, Florida (407) 291-4673  - (visit website)


4.Greater Refuge Memorial Church - 596 West Church Street Orlando, Florida (407) 872-1984  -(visit website) 


5.Mary Queen of the Universe Shrine -8300 Vineland Road Orlando, Florida (407) 239-6600  -(visit website)


6.Masjid Al-Rahman -1005 North Goldenrod Road Orlando, Florida (407) 273-8363  - (visit website)


7.Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church - 4077 Prince Hall Blvd Orlando, Florida (407) 841-3658  - (visit website) 


8.Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church - 535 West Washington Street Orlando, Florida (407) 423-0023  - (visit website) 


9.New Bethel AME Church -4201 Columbia Street Orlando, Florida (407) 847-4446  - (visit website)


10.New Church of Faith - 5000 Silver Star Road Orlando, Florida (407) 296-2664  - (visit website)


11.Saint Mark AME Church - 1968 Bruton Blvd. Orlando, FL 32805 (407) 422-6941  - (visit website)


The African American presence in this region began when the Spanish controlled Central and North Florida from the 18th through early 19th century.  Many people of African descent coexisted peacefully with the indigenous Seminole Indians and Spaniard soldiers. Using their agrarian skills, Africans were among the earliest citrus-crop farmers of the region. Relatively blissful coexistence ended when Spain ceded “official” control of the region to America in 1821.

Wars with the Seminoles and many free Blacks allowed European Americans to gain control of arable land, but never the swamps of Central Florida and South Florida where free Blacks and Seminoles retreated.  Their common interest to defend remaining free land, fishing and hunting led to intermarriage and cultural exchange.  Thus, began the true legend of Black Seminoles in the region. But the complex set of relationships between races evolved to include Blacks and Indians who helped the American Army fight and negotiate with Seminoles.  Records indicate that some African Americans served as indentured servants to the Seminoles as well.

Many more European American settlers arrived in 1842, after the 2nd American/Seminole War ended and the establishment of Fort Gatlin.  A settlement grew around that and many other American Army forts in Florida.  America’s brand of slavery followed to exploit newly enslaved labor on taken land.  By 1857, the settlement was renamed Orlando.  Official naming credit is for a soldier at the fort, Orlando Reeves, who died during sentinel duty.


Shortly after the Civil War, newly freed African Americans settled in the Callahan Neighborhood of Orlando.  They also settled 10 miles north to clear land, establish an agrarian economic base and help build Maitland, a White township.  Moved by the loyalty and bravery of Black troops, Josiah Eaton (a former captain in the Union Army) and Lewis Lawrence, also white, deeded a portion of the land next to Maitland for African Americans.  They sold it to a group of entrepreneurs.  Large land deeds by whites to blacks in the Deep South were extraordinary for the times.  By 1887 the settlement became the first incorporated African American town in the nation.  Eatonville was named in honor of Eaton.  More Black towns were founded in Northern and Central Florida by the 230,000 African Americans who lived in the state of Florida in 1900.  At the same time, the U.S. Census reports that 297,000 European Americans lived in Florida.

Orlando continued as a sleepy town until 1956 when the Martin Company, a predecessor of today’s Lockheed-Martin Corporation, built a missile factory in Orange County.  Twenty miles east in Cape Canaveral, the space program gave the region a boost, spurring airport expansion.  In 1965 Walt Disney, attracted by the lakes, airport access, cheap land and year round sunshine, purchased 27,000 acres a few miles southwest of Orlando.  Since Disney World opened in 1971, the entertainment boom has grown to 80 major attractions and 37 million annual visitors.

Like everyone else, African Americans are moving here in large numbers for the job opportunities.  Consequently, you can anticipate more cultural facilities to supplement the Well’s Built Museum of African American History in the near future.


Zora Neale Hurston Monument
DESCRIPTION: A rather oddly-shaped, but nonetheless honorable monument features a marker to honor Eatonville's Daughter, Zora Neale Hurston (1890-1960); Zora was an anthropologist, folklorist in the early African American idiom, and distinguished writer during the Harlem Renaissance; a better monument is the Zora Neale Hurston Library up the street.

ADDRESS: 200 East Kennedy Blvd  MAP

PARKING: On street

Cape Canaveral, FL

Astronauts Memorial Space Mirror
DESCRIPTION: Dedicated in 1991 an located behind Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center, this 42.5 foot tall x 50 foot wide memorial honors astronauts who lost their lives in the line of NASA duty; Major Robert H Lawrence’s name, the first African American astronaut, was added posthumously to the mirror since he died piloting a NASA test vehicle in the 1960s; for years he was disallowed from this honor because racism prevented him from going into space; certain items are not permitted on the premises for security reasons, visit website.


ADMISSION: Although some attractions are free, it cost $21 to $38 depending age and option you choose to enter the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

DAYS & HOURS: daily 9a-5:30p; except launch days

ADDRESS: 13 Main Street  MAP

PARKING: On premises




Orlando Museum of Art
Founded in 1924, with its most recent expansion in 1997, the museum now has space to better show its permanent collections of African Art, American Art and Art of the Ancient Americas; the African Art collectioh includes distinguised art from the Tutsi and Kuba of Central Africa, Zulu of South Africa, and Berber of North Africa; additionally, as Orlando has grown, the museum's ability to attract major touring exhibits has exapanded as well.

ADMISSION: Adults $8, age 65+,

College Students and Active Military $7
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 9a-5p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 2416 North Mills Ave  MAP

PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 407-896-4231
WEBSITE:  http://www.omart.org

Orlando Fire Museum

The restored 1926 Fire Station #3 located in Loch Haven Park is manned by firemen who are passionate about the museum, its history, and your enjoyment; ask them for a tour of artifacts like the 1919 motorized ladder truck, a 1915 motorized fire truck, and a 1911 horse-driven steam engine; other artifacts on display date back as far as 1885 and include colorful lithographs; museum is managed by the Orange County Regional History Center.


DAYS & HOURS: Thu-Sat 9a-2p
ADDRESS: 814 East Rollins Avenue  MAP

PARKING: On street
PHONE: 407-898-3138
WEBSITE: http://www.thehistorycenter.org

Cornell Fine Arts Museum

Located on Rollins College, the permanent collection is comprised of works of art and objects from antiquity to the twenty first century; boasting more than 6,000 works, one of the largest and most distinguished American paintings and Old Masters collections in Florida.

ADMISSION: $5 Adults

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-4p, Sat-Sun Noon-5p

ADDRESS: 1000 Holt Avenue  MAP

PARKING: On premises; parking tickets may be validated at the Museum for free parking.
PHONE: 407-646-2526

WEBSITE: http://www.rollins.edu/cfam

Morse Museum of American Art
Funded in 1942, the museum features an outstanding collection of arts and crafts; the centerpiece of the museum collection is the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, where fine examples in every medium that he produced in life; for the romantic in you, take a look at the jaw-dropping chapel; since moving to this larger location in 1995, the museum remains an outstanding value; as you might the suspect, the museum has an amply stocked gift shop.

ADMISSION: Adults $3, Students $1, Children under 12 are FREE Fridays at 4p-8p from September-May
DAYS & HOURS: Tue- Sat 9:30a-4p, Sun 1p-4p
ADDRESS: 445 North Park Avenue  MAP

PARKING: available at the rear entrance of the museum
PHONE: 407-645-5311
WEBSITE: http://www.morsemuseum.org

Orange County Regional History Center
Orange County Courthouse, built 1927, was upgraded to a state-of-the-art venue featuring artifacts, audio/visual presentations, hands-on exhibits; first visit Orientation Theater, then discover the flora & fauna and famous Winter Park sinkhole and explore 12,000 years of the Paleo-Indians up to the arrival of Europeans and people of African descent to Central Florida; a beautiful park accents this wheelchair accessible center.

ADMISSION: Adult $9, ages 60+ $7, ages 5-12 $6
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12p-5p
ADDRESS: 65 East Central Blvd  MAP

PARKING: Paid lots are nearby
PHONE: 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030
WEBSITE: http://www.thehistorycenter.org

Winter Park, FL


Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Founded in 1961 by Albin Polasek, one of America’s prominent sculptors of the 20th century who created works in stone, bronze, plaster, wood and painting, and by his wife in their residence; the galleries, chapel and gardens were opened to the public as a museum.

ADMISSION: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 students, ages 11 and under enter free; garden access is free.

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-4p, Sun 1p-4p

ADDRESS: 633 Osceola Avenue  MAP

PARKING: Free on premises
PHONE: 407-647-6294
WEBSITE: http://www.polasek.org


Cape Canaveral, FL

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Highlights of your tour will be the Apollo/Saturn V Center, Launch Complex 39 Observation Gantry, and the International Space Station Center; a motion simulator ride, an IMAX film and updates about the Mars Missions and real Astronaut Encounter, view ten-story high rockets from all eras of space exploration in the Rocket Garden, walk through a full-size Space Shuttle mock-up
ADMISSION: begins at $29 Adults, $19 ages 3-11; add extra features for additional fees; certain items are not permitted during your visit - see this security page
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 9a-dusk
ADDRESS: State Route 526 Florida Tollway at Spaceport  MAP
: On premises
PHONE: 321-449-4444

WEBSITE: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com

Orlando, FL

Discovery Cove Orlando
A rare tactile experience that provides a lifetime of memories; swim with dolphins, snorkel with exotic fish and hand feed tropical birds.
ADMISSION: $219 for all-inclusive dolphin swim package or $119 for the non-dolphin swim package
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 9a-5:30p
ADDRESS: 6000 Discovery Cove Way  MAP
PHONE: 877-434-7268

WEBSITE: http://www.discoverycove.com

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Orlando Odditorium
As you approach, it looks like one side of the building feel in one of Florida's infamous sinkholes; inside you'll find a mind-boggling feast of the bizarre and bewildering
ADMISSION: $19 adult, $12 ages 4-12; age 3 and under enter free
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 9:30a-Midnight; hours are subject to change
ADDRESS: 8201 International Drive  MAP
PARKING: On premises
PHONE: 407-345-0501 and 800-998-4418
WEBSITE: http://www.ripleysorlando.com

SkyVenture Orlando
Ever wanted to experience the thrill of skydiving without the risk? Check out skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel - no experience necessary.
ADMISSION: Adults $39, Children $34
DAYS & HOURS: Daily at 2 p-until
ADDRESS: 6805 Visitors Circle  MAP
On premises
PHONE: 407-903-1150
WEBSITE: http://skyventureorlando.com

Titanic - The Exhibition
Vicariously experience the drama and inspiring stories of passengers on board; view rare artifacts and memorabilia from the sunken vessel
ADMISSION: $18 adult, $13 children (age 6-12)
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 10a-9p
ADDRESS: 8445 International Drive  MAP
On premises
PHONE: 407-248-1166
WEBSITE: http://www.titanictheexperience.com

Watch experience showman handling the snappiest critters you’ve even seen, here at a place the bills itself “Alligator Capital of the World”; features 4 shows, exhibits, a mini-water park, petting zoo and train ride
ADMISSION: $21.25 adult, $10.60 ages 3-12
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 9a-dusk
ADDRESS: 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail  MAP
On premises
PHONE: 407-855-5496 or 800-393-5297
WEBSITE: http://www.gatorland.com

Orlando Science Center
Experience educational exhibits in 10 themed permanent sections that encourage you to interact while learning; experience the rare 8-story CineDome screen is the world's largest domed IWERKS theater and planetarium
ADMISSION: $13 adult; $9 age 3-11
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 9a-5p, Fri-Sat 9 a-9p, Sun Noon-5p
ADDRESS: 777 East Princeton Street  MAP
PARKING: On premises
PHONE: 407-514-2000 or 888-672-4386
WEBSITE: http://www.osc.org

Sanford, FL

Central Florida Zoo
Established in 1923 with a collection of donated animals held by the Sanford Fire Department; in 1941, the zoo was relocated to downtown Sanford, and then again in 1975 to the present site; the zoo has a strong collection of mammals such as leopards, Asian Elephants, spider monkeys and lemus, plus notable collections of reptiles, amphibians and birds; over the years, the zoo has been and continues to convert to more naturalistic habitats for its 873 animals repsenting 126 species; a guest favorite, experience personal Animal Encounter on weekends and holidays, in which docents educate visitors about the characteristics of animals from alligators to hedgehogs
ADMISSION: Adults $11, ages 60+ $9, ages 3-12 $7, ages 2 and under enter free.
DAYS & HOURS: Daily 9a-5p
ADDRESS: 3755 NW Highway 17-92 at I-4 Freeway exit 104  MAP
Free on premises
PHONE: 407-323-4450
WEBSITE: http://www.centralfloridazoo.org



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