Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce

IMG_4907By Tonya Jackson

The Gulf Coast African American Chamber of Commerce (GCAACC) holds workshops, seminars, and other events to keep their members and the community informed. On the third Tuesday of each month they host a free event designed to give members an opportunity to share information about their services to other members and the public. On Tuesday, February 16th, the latest G.A.I.N. (Gain Awareness Intelligence Networking) Night focused on Black History Month and featured local author and Chamber member Jeremie Samuel.

In 2015 Samuel released, The Moorish Essence of Pensacola, a book born out of his love of history and desire to know more about the influence of African Americans in the building of Pensacola. During his research he learned that the influence of Moors in Pensacola can still be seen today. If you take a walking tour downtown you can see this influence in Pensacola’s oldest community, the Seville area, the T. T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum, and the Saenger Theatre. Samuel also discussed his idea of using the Moorish influence in Pensacola to attract visitors. He stated this area “can be used as a cultural and business district. Which embraces our culture and gives us a distinct position and experience that people will want to come visit.” He sees this as a national and international draw.

Copies of The Moorish Essence of Pensacola can be purchased locally at The Gathering Awareness or online at Amazon.com.

The Chamber’s next G.A.I.N. Night will be held on Tuesday, March 15th, 5:30 pm at the Pensacola Improv Event Center. Their upcoming Pensacola Ultimate Fashion Collection and their 2nd Annual Women of Power Conference, featuring actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, will be the topics. This free event is open to the public.​

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