The theme this year is “It’s Not Just Our History, It’s American History.”
Committee chairman and city council member Sandra Sudduth said the youth of the community will be recognized. There will be a special presentation, “Mountain Top Experience,” by the Dejembe drama group of Rome, Ga.
Mayor Johnny Smith will give the welcoming address and read the proclamation.
During the soul food meal, slides will be shown in memory of the late Nelson Mandela, complete with photos and quotes from Mandela.
“We’re dedicating this program to the memory of Chargina Moore who was a longtime faithful committee member,” said Sudduth. “Chargina passed away since the last program.”
Moore was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and worked at 2nd Chance in Anniston. Her parents are Mr. and Mrs. Charles Moore.
Sudduth said the committee appreciates former city clerk Jeanne Jordan who, 14 years ago, had the vision for the celebration.
“It started in the city council chamber, and it’s grown into us having to move to the Community Center,” said Sudduth. “We’ve had speakers who grew up in Jacksonville and went on to make significant contributions to not only the city and state but also the United States.”
Sudduth said the committee feels that it’s important to spotlight the city’s youth and give them a chance to learn about black history in Jacksonville.
Several organizations from Jacksonville State University will be on hand including the JSU ROTC who will post colors, the National Panhellenic Council and the African American Association. Girls from the Coosa Valley Detention Center will serve as ushers.
“We invite everyone to come out and enjoy this special program,” said Sudduth.
The event is free. Door prizes will be served.
For more information call Sudduth at 435-5109.
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