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City hosts Black History Month celebration at the GEM Theater

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is sponsoring an event Feb. 26 at the GEM Theater, 1615 E. 18th St., in commemoration of Black History Month. The celebration is from 6:30-8 p.m. and is hosted by Shawn Edwards, media specialist for Phillips West Public Relations and movie critic at Fox 4 news. The celebration will be preceded by a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with light refreshments.

The event features an awards ceremony honoring outstanding local members of the community for their contributions in advancing the cause of African Americans. The event also will include performances from the Metropolitan Dance Theatre, local poets and keyboardist Phillip Jackson from Lincoln Preparatory Academy. Former City Councilman Alvin Brooks will be the keynote speaker for this event.

The celebration follows the 2009 national theme of Black History Month, "The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the celebrations, call Tracey Franklin, Human Relations Division of the City Manager's Office, (816) 513-1807.

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