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Black History Month programs will be held Feb. 10 and 14

The City’s 17th Annual Black History Month programs will be held Feb. 10 and 14. The Black History Planning Committee is the host of these programs which will address the national theme “The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections.”

The Honorable Bishop Marvin E. Donaldson of Greater Pentecostal Temple in Kansas City, Kan., will be the featured speaker for the Feb. 10 program. This program will be held in the Rotunda of City Hall from noon until 1 p.m. City Manager Robert L. Collins will deliver the kickoff address and Mayor Kay Barnes will present a mayoral proclamation. Local postmaster John Coolidge will be present to unveil a commemorative stamp.

On Feb. 14, the program activities will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the 26th floor of City Hall. The event will begin with the presentation of colors by Northeast Military Magnet School’s Color Guard. Ray Johnson will provide a dramatic presentation and the Lincoln College Preparatory Academy Gospel Choir will sing. Circuit Court Judge Jon Gray, of Jackson County Division 18, will be present as well.

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