City readies for Black History Month; Program will be Feb. 28 at Bethune Center
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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This group of singers took part in last year’s Black History Program at the Bethune Center. Photo: Special to The Star/file
This group of singers took part in last year’s Black History Program at the Bethune Center. Photo: Special to The Star/file
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Tiny Lewis not only directs daily events at the Bethune Center, she’s also in charge of the Black History Program that is held there every February. This will mark the 16th year for the program to take place in Piedmont.

This year, the program will be at 6 p.m., on Feb. 28 and will feature two speakers. It is partially sponsored by the Piedmont Parks and Recreation Department.

One of the speakers, Carlos Houston, is a former Piedmont resident. He now lives in Atlanta.

The second speaker, Elder Q. Hughley, is a resident of Gadsden but attends St. Luke’s FBH Church here.

Lewis said both these men have made major contributions to Piedmont, and she thinks those attending the program will enjoy hearing what they have to say.

Piedmont’s youth won’t be left out. A group from Mount Pleasant CMA Church will perform as will the Praise Team from Thankful Baptist Church.

“We like to have our young people involved in this program every year,” said Lewis. “We want them to always appreciate and remember their heritage.”

Lewis said the youth always contribute to the program with their talent.

“I get a lot of thanks from the people who attend for having the children perform,” said Lewis. “They seem like they enjoy it.”

Mayor Bill Baker will attend as well other city officials.

Last year, in spite of the drizzling rain, Lewis said she was happy to have about 85 attending to celebrate the struggles and victories of African Americans.

Lewis said everyone is invited and urged to stay after the program for the potluck meal.

The parks and recreation department pays for part of the food but relies heavily on the public for their food contributions.

Contact Margaret at pollya922@gmail.com.
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