Colleges, singers, speakers to gather for Black History program

Representatives of Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State and even alumni of the old Biloxi Colored School will have exhibits set up this evening when the community’s Black History Month program takes place at the Dr. Frank G. Gruich Sr. Community Center on Howard Avenue.

Between 150 and 200 people are expected to attend the program, which begins at 6 p.m. and will feature youth and adult singing groups and a group of speakers who will focus on this year’s theme: “Black Education Past, Present & Future.” Scheduled to address the audience are Bishop James Black of Faith Tabernacle of Praise, Carolyn Ramsey of Our Mother of Sorrows, Dr. Vera Robinson, principal of Gorenflo Elementary School and Dr. Janice Johnson, assistant superintendent of Biloxi Public Schools.

The program will be capped by a free meal of baked chicken, red beans and rice, greens and dessert.

“This is an outstanding program again this year,” said Biloxi Parks & Recreation Director Cheryl Bell, who has organized the affair with the Biloxi branch of the NAACP and the East Biloxi Community Collaborative. “Education is an outstanding theme and our speakers bring a wealth of depth to the theme. We’re going to have an educational and entertaining gathering.”

The Black History Month Program is held annually in February and includes diverse festivities through the celebration of the history and contributions of African Americans to the American life.
See the program for this evening
City Desk: Hear from Bishop James Black


News and notes

Mardi Gras luncheon:  Adults age 55 and older are invited to celebrate Mardi Gras at the Parks & Recreation Department’s Seniors Mardi Gras Luncheon and Dance on Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.  To see the flyer, click here.

Mardi Gras Ball:  All physically and mentally challenged individuals are invited to get into the Mardi Gras spirit by dancing the evening away with the Parks & Recreation Department on Friday evening from 6 to 9 at the Donal M. Snyder Sr. Community Center.  To see the flyer for this free event, click here