Blythewood readies to celebrate black history

BLYTHEWOOD – The Town’s annual Black History celebration is almost ready for its close-up on Feb. 23 at Doko Manor.

The program includes guest speaker Dr. Joe Kelly, performances by singer-songwriter EboniRamm, dance, choral and dramatic performances and a special display of African-American accomplishments.

Bobby Cunningham will emcee the event.

This year’s celebration will also feature several displays by vendors in the foyer.

In addition, the contributions of local churches to the Blythewood community will be recognized, and several presentations will be made to long-serving, senior members.

How it all started

In 1915, while attending a national celebration marking the 50th anniversary of emancipation, Carter G. Woodson realized that African American history and heritage were being lost. He began what became his life’s work – promoting the teaching of black history in the nation’s schools and communities. The first Black History Week took place in 1924, and President Gerald Ford declared the nation’s first Black History Month in 1975. It has been celebrated during February ever since.

The event is free and refreshments will be provided at the close of the ceremony. Organizers include Margaret Kelly, Lyn King, Doris Coleman, EboniRamm, Vii Sanders, Larry Griffin and Malcolm Gordge.

The event will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 at Doko Manor.

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