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Black History Celebration Continues

By: Victoria L. Moore

Date Posted: 1998-02-14

This year's African-American history month develop and incorporate the theme of African Americans in Business, "The Passport to Empowerment." Focusing attention on children's education and historic development, the Black History Month Committee organized a Children's Essay Contest. The contest topic is "An African American business person or inventor" past or present. Each student must provide the name of the founder of Black History Month, the original name given to the celebration, and the year the celebration began. Contestants may receive actual format guidelines, from their school.

Essays are judged from 3rd - 12 grade with awards given to each grade level. Each essay must be turned in by 12 Feb. The judging will commence on 17 Feb. Individuals interested in volunteering for judging the event may contact Sherman R. Carter at 932-9702. Contestants will be awarded at the Expo on the 28th Feb at Schilling Community Center. The Art competition is for age group K -- 2 grade, and the theme is the same as the essay competition. The focus for these events is to further educate our students about the contributions African Americans made in business and inventions throughout history.

The reading and story telling program concentrates on educating youth about African American literature.

This year the reading program is geared toward elementary students. The program is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at all Marine Corp. Elementary schools and several of the Air Force schools as well.

Celebration of the Arts, scheduled for the 21st Feb, at the Kadena Officers Club, provides an insight to African American contribution to the Arts. It emphasizes poetry, dance and music starting from slavery through the present.

The parade scheduled for the 28th of the month will start at the Kadena USO at 10 a.m.. An estimated 30 organizations and several hundred individuals are slated to participate in this years' event. The parade is the culmination of the celebration, expressing the communities' unity and pride of African American Heritage.

The Black Expo, scheduled to begin following the parade on the 28th Feb, highlights success in black businesses. Vendor booths will be located both inside and outside the Schilling Community Center on Kadena. The program is geared toward the family with international entertainment, including dance groups from The Hispanic Association, African Umoja Dance Ensemble, Okinawan Taiko Drummers, and Kadena USO's Ballet, Tap and Jazz.

Other performances include a karate demonstrations, clowns, and McGruff. The motivational speaker for the afternoon will be Hobson McLeod Bethune, the grandson of Mary McLeod Bethune.

There will be an array of information on business concepts and application. The Essay and Art contest will also be awarded during this event. For more information contact Ms. Fauntleroy at 633-6060.

The committee members have collectively worked to promote the study and recognition of African American contributions to history. They welcome the public to attend and participate in this culturally enriching event.

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