The African-American History calendar for Florida's First Coast was initially conceived by Dr. Brenda R. Simmons-Hutchins, Florida State College at Jacksonville (formerly Florida Community College at Jacksonville) and Mrs. Clovia Russell, AT&T (formerly Southern Bell) in 1989. Their idea was to present biographical sketches of African-American citizens who had contributed to the growth and development of the City of Jacksonville.
The calendars for 1989 through 2004 honored numerous community leaders and youth in the First Coast area, representing various categories, from civil rights to the arts. A category was selected for each calendar month; from several entries, the calendar committee chose an individual to be honored in each category. The calendar has continued over the years to highlight community leaders and youth from the First Coast. Since 2004, the selections have been influenced by the National Black History Month theme presented by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
Many people have helped with the production of the calendar including students, student ambassadors and Florida State College at Jacksonville employees, as well as staff of the Jacksonville Public Library.
Since the calendar's inception, Florida State College at Jacksonville has remained a constant partner. From financing the calendar production to advertising it, business partners have contributed significantly to the success of the calendar. Burger King has been the title sponsor since 1997. In order of participating years, the business partners included the following: Southern Bell (1989-95), First Coast News (1990-2014), VlOl.5 (1991-95), Florida Times-Union (1993-95), Burger King (1997-Present), Jacksonville Public Library (2007-Present), Florida Telco Credit Union (2009-10), James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (2009-Present), Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida (2012), Dr. Pepper (2012-2013), WHJX/HOT 106.5 (2015), and WJXT Channel 4 (2015-Present).