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Twenty-first annual black history programs Feb. 13 and 15

City of Kansas City, Mo., employees will host black history programs Feb. 13 from noon until 1 p.m. in the City Hall rotunda, 414 E. 12th St., and Feb. 15 from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway.

The national theme of Black History Month 2007 is "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas." This theme is being incorporated into the City's programs, which are free and open to the public.

At the Feb. 13 event, a mayoral proclamation will be issued and Steve Penn, a columnist at "The Kansas City Star," will be the guest speaker. Also at this event, a representative from the United States Postal Service will unveil the Black Heritage Series 2007 Commemorative Stamp.

At the Feb. 15 event, Lloyd Daniel, former member of the Missouri House of Representatives, will be the guest speaker. There also will be musical entertainment, a poetry reading and a presentation to J.S. Chick Elementary School, which is African-centered.

For more information about the City's black history programs, call Ayanna Hightower-Mannon, Human Relations Division of the City Manager's Office, (816) 513-1822.

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