The national celebration of Black History Month is a time to honor the contributions of African Americans to the nation’s history.
This year, the City of Thomasville is again working with community partners to celebrate our local history. According to event organizers, 2019’s celebration will include recognition of locations of importance to our own local history, online trivia contests, a parade and other community celebrations.
“Last year, we celebrated our local African American history for the first time as a community and it was very successful,” said Dominic Ford, community relations officer. “We are looking forward to working with an excited local committee of volunteers to expand what we started last year as a true community-wide celebration that will honor our local community’s history.”
This year’s national theme for Black History Month is “Black Migrations,” which will emphasize the movements of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. Locally, the theme will be honored with a look at “The Power of Place.”
“We have many locations that are important and significant to our local African American culture and history,” said Sherri Nix, public outreach manager. “We will focus on these special locations, familiar to many of us, with a special look at why each is important to our local culture.”
The first location reveal was Monday, February 4 on the City’s Facebook page and website, thomasville.org.
“We will then reveal a new location each Monday,” said Ford. “We will also be incorporating a trivia contest with fun prizes to help make the online celebration more interactive.”
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Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise