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City celebrates Black History Month

The City’s 16th annual observance of Black History Month will take place Feb. 11 and 15. Activities planned will address the national theme “The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?”

Feb. 11, the program will be held in the rotunda of City Hall, 414 E. 12th St., from noon until 1 p.m. City Manager Robert L. Collins will deliver the welcome and Mayor pro-tem Alvin Brooks will present a mayoral proclamation. Municipal Court Judge Debra Neal is the featured speaker, local postmaster John Coolidge will unveil a commemorative stamp, and Amplified Praise will provide musical selections.

Feb. 15, the program will be held in the Council Chamber on the 26th floor of City Hall from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Featured speakers for Friday’s events include: Dr. Merylene Hines-Star who will do a presentation on the “Talking Quilts;” poetic expression by Kirt Silvers; entertainment provided by the Billy Walker Band; the presentation of colors by the Northeast Military Magnet School; dramatic presentations from Rhonda Harris; and musical selections from the Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Gospel Choir.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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