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Women of Color's Black History Celebration this Saturday

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Events will be held at St. Augustine's Parish Hall

By Stephen Lega

Saturday, Marion Countians will have an opportunity to learn about African-American history.

Church choirs, dramatic presentations, a guest speaker and a historical display are all planned as part of the Women of Color's annual Black History Celebration. The events will be held at St. Augustine Parish Hall in Lebanon.

"It's going to be nice," said Rose Graves, the history chairwoman for the Women of Color.

A historical display will be set up for viewing between 1 and 3 p.m. Feb. 28. According to Graves, the display will include images and information tracing events from  Harriett Tubman through President Barack Obama.

Items in the display are from Graves, the Women of Color, the Lebanon chapter of the NAACP and NAACP President Verda Calhoun, according to Graves.

At 6 p.m., a more formal presentation will begin.

Church choirs from and around Marion County are scheduled to perform, as are some solo singers, according to Lavonne Downs, president of the Women of Color.

Keith Young is scheduled to recite a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. Marion County-native Ruth Ann Fogle is scheduled to give a presentation called "No Slaves at the Table," and the Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Owens will be the guest speaker. Owens is the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lexington.

The Women of Color will also be presenting two awards that evening. The awards will recognize individuals who have been leaders in the community and who have given of themselves for community.

"It takes a lot of courage to get up and help others," Downs said.

For more information about the Black History Celebration, call Downs at (270) 692-3004 or Graves at (270) 692-4118. Graves added that refreshments will be provided.