Jacksonville Celebrates Black History with Annual Program

February 21, 2018
Since 1976, the United States of America has been celebrating the month of February as Black History Month acknowledging the remarkable contributions that African-American men and women have had on our nation.
The 18th Annual Black History Program was held Sunday, February 18th, at the Jacksonville Community Center. This year’s program spotlighted the youth and community, as well as was dedicated to the late Father James Macey of St. Charles Catholic Church who passed away last summer. Assistant District Attorney of Etowah County Marcus Reid was the Master of Ceremonies. Three area churches to include St. Paul CME, First Baptist on Vann Street, and New Hope Baptist took part in the program. The Mountain Top Experience Djembe Drummers from Rome, Ga. and the Jacksonville Community Choir provided entertainment making it an enjoyable experience for all. Louise Veasley performed a dramatic skit portraying the burning of a church that killed her baby. The audience also enjoyed Black History presentations by area youth. The program concluded with a catered soul food meal served by Jacksonville State’s National Pan-Hellenic Council and NAACP members featuring chicken, greens, corn, pinto beans and peach cobbler.
 “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” –Martin Luther King Jr.
Story & Photo by Anita Kilgore