SF Amateur Talent Night Launches Black History Month on Campus

SF Amateur Talent Night Launches Black History Month on Campus

To kick off Black History Month in style, Santa Fe College will hold its first annual Amateur Talent Night, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Fine Arts Hall. The show features motivational speaker Dr. Calvin Mackie and talented student and community performers.

“This is going to be an amazing night of entertainment, and we invite everyone in the community to join us in support of local Gainesville talent,” said Mike Hutley, Santa Fe Student Services representative and coordinator of the event.

Performances by Santa Fe students and the community span all talent types, including singing, step performance, dancing, comedy and rap. Prizes awarded to the winnning acts are an iPad for first place, and an iPod for second place.

Speaker Calvin Mackie is an award-winning mentor, motivational speaker and successful entrepreneur. He has presented to numerous civic and educational institutions and reaches millions of students and professionals annually. For nearly two decades, Dr. Mackie has helped educational institutions cultivate an environment of success by speaking about motivation, education, leadership, diversity and the African-American cultural experience.

“Come on out, hear a great motivational speaker, enjoy great local talent and help us kick off black History Month in style,” Hutley added.

Amateur Talent night is free and open to the public. For more information on the event, call My Brother’s Keeper at 352-381-3801. For more information on Calvin Mackie, visit

CONTACT:  Mike Hutley, 385-395-4177 or