Black history celebration, luncheon to take place February 23 in Little Hocking

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LITTLE HOCKING, Ohio (WTAP) - The community is gearing up for an annual tradition that recognizes the accomplishments of African Americans.

The 21st annual Black History Celebration and Luncheon is set for next Saturday, February 23rd at Porterfield Baptist Church in Little Hocking. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

It’s sponsored by the Whitman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Belpre.

This year’s theme is “Black History: Strong Roots, Amazing Achievements.” The featured speaker is Dr. Deborah Dexter, the president/CEO of Elite Change Management Inc. Musical selections will be presented by “The Women of Praise” from Chillicothe, Ohio.

Organizers say it’s important for people to know what African Americans have contributed to society.

“We have so much going on and they don’t learn it in school and they need to know that this nation was built from slaves. We’re inviting everybody that is not going to be doing anything that day please come out and celebrate with us,” said Deborah Marshall, who founded this event years ago.

Children 5 and under get to attend for free. Tickets are 10 dollars. You can buy them in advance by calling Tony Bradley at 740-508-1278, Frank Spriggs at 740-706-1402, or Porterfield Baptist Church at 740-423-8442. You can also buy tickets at the door on the day of the event.

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