Black history celebrations set for Saturday
by Eddie Burkhalter
Feb 19, 2014 | 2861 views |  0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two Black History Month celebrations are planned for the area this Saturday.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East Central Alabama and the Anniston Parks and Recreation Department will hold a celebration Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the South Highland Community Center at 229 South Allen Ave. The public is invited to attend.

Georgia-based retired educator Bernie Abrams is to provide the program for the event, which will include photos and artifacts that tell the stories of notable historical blacks.

Abrams is a graduate of Jacksonville State University and owner of a marketing company that presents black history programs at schools and other organizations.

Hobson City will hold a celebration Saturday at 3 p.m. at Hobson City Town Hall at 715 Martin Luther King Drive.

The town will pay tribute to elders in the community, including Maudine Holloway, Veneda Young and Ollie M. Ray, all three of whom were active participants in the civil rights movement. Additionally, Hobson City resident Racean Thomas, a star athlete and senior at Oxford High, will be recognized.

Guest speaker will be Johnny Lawrence Ford, mayor of Tuskegee. In 1972 Ford was elected Tuskegee’s first black mayor, serving six consecutive terms. He was then elected to the Alabama House of Representatives, and later elected mayor of Tuskegee again in 2004 and 2012.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.

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