The tentative dates for Black College Reunion (BCR) in Daytona Beach, FL will be March 11-14, 2010. These dates are considerably earlier than years past, so I would wait a while longer before booking hotels/reservations. I personally would like to see the dates moved to the second week in April. We will post more information as it becomes available.
As was expected, the crowd for BCR 2009 was extremely light. I was happy to see first time visitors like Shawna Mitchell from FAMU having a good time. “We came down to see what we was missing. Me and my (six) friends are looking for the parties!” Their enthusiasm was a welcomed site.
During my walks up and down Atlantic Avenue I met visitors from FAMU, Florida State, Jackson State, University of Miami, Florida Memorial, Texas Woman’s University, University of South Florida, Fort Valley State and Morris Brown. Families dominated the landscape as was the case in 2008. The hotel managers I talked with admitted their revenues from this event has all but dried up.
The weather was a factor once again this year, just as in 2008. “I would like to see this event pushed back a little further into April so we can get in the water.” says Nicole Chance from Tallahassee. She makes a valid point, scheduling dates in mid April makes a lot more sense. There would be less of a chance for cold temperatures and a little rain would be welcomed to help visitors cool off.
In order for this event to regain some momentum artists, vendors, promoters, event coordinators and the City of Daytona must be on the same page. There will be a new section added to the site to help this process. Stay tuned for more information on that.
I will be also adding a gallery section to showcase pictures from this year and past BCR events. If you would like to contribute, feel free to submit your pictures using this form.
The dates for Black College Reunion 2009 a/k/a Black Spring Break in Daytona Beach, FL has been announced.
March 20 – 22, 2009
Its a little earlier this time around, so make your reservations now. As information comes in I will update the site accordingly. Lets hope gas prices continue to go down so more people can make it down to BCR 2009.
Traveling to BCR you will have the opportunity to meet college students from around the country. ( Primarily from southern states though ) One year I met this nice girl from Hawaii, she was more than happy to let me know black people live there. I apologize for my ignorance, but I was young. LOL
Most of the time the weather is nice for BCR. There has been years where its been a little cold, but this is the first time that rain was an issue.
It was an interesting mix of people this year at BCR. There were a lot of ‘families’ in town, so the landscape was not as chocolate as in years past. Although the crowd was light we still had a good time.
I was informed by email that the information regarding the concert at the Bandshell was posted in error. According to the email BET has no involvement in the concerts at the Bandshell. So as of this moment please disregard the entry about a BET concert at BCR this year.
Update on events happening during Black College Reunion 2008
Bama Hip Hop and Atlanta’s NDa’Game Entertainment will be at The Bandshell April 4-5th with a beach party and showcase event. This event will be offered in conjunction with the Collegiate Events Task Force.
There is opportunity for performers in the Hip Hop, R&B genres and food and merchandise vendors!!
The deadline for talent and vendors is April 1st. Interested persons should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 256-282-0799
Black College Reunion (BCR) an annual event hosted by the Daytona Beach Collegiate Events Task Force will be held April 4 – 6, 2008 at the Oceanfront Bandshell. This year’s event will offer various activities, information booths and vendors in order to give visitors and the community a chance to have fun, get some food and obtain information on health disparities in the African American community. The Task Force will launch its new Black College Reunion campaign entitled “The New BCR – 2008 Spring Fest.”
On Friday, March 29, 2008, 3:30 p.m. at the Plaza Spa & Resort (Room: Plaza B) 600 N. Atlantic Ave., the Daytona Beach Collegiate Events Task Force will host a press conference. BCR sponsors and partners include: The City of Daytona Beach, Plaza Spa & Resort, Brighthouse Networks, Jon Hall Chevrolet, Pepsi, International Speedway Corp., Florida Department of Health – Office of Minority Health, the Volusia County Health Department, Infinite Impact (Impact Movement) and Atlanta’s NDa’ Game Entertainment.
For the full press release – Click Here
Here is a small update on information I have received from the City of Daytona regarding this year’s Black College Reunion. So far, the only confirmed event planned by the city will be the 2008 Collegiate Events located at the Daytona BandShell on April 4 – 6, 2008.
Location: Atlantic Avenue (A1A) & Earl Street.
For those interested in vending during BCR you will need to contact the Cultural Services Division (386)-671-8250. You will need to submit your application no later than 30 days before the event.
The scheduled date for Black College Reunion a/k/a BCR a/k/a Black Spring Break in Daytona Beach is April 4 – 6, 2008. Make sure you get your hotel reserved ASAP!
Black College Reunion began at Bethune-Cookman, where students in 1984 organized a spring party to celebrate their fall football rivalry with students at Florida A&M University. The event eventually grew to more than 150,000 students and was marred by controversy, including violence, discrimination and clashes with police.
In recent years, however, crowds have dropped, in part because of the growing popularity of other spring-break gathering places but also because of efforts by the city to control the drinking, loud music and massive traffic jams that used to characterize the event.
At its peak back In 2001, The Black College Reunion generated $145 million in economic activity for the Daytona Beach, Fla., region, according to an economist’s studies.
The three-day event, which brought as many as 100,000 spring breakers from historically Black colleges across the nation, also supported the equivalent of 3,500 year-round jobs, economist Mark Soskin said.