The 18th Black History Program will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Community Center. There won’t be a featured speaker this year. Instead, said coordinator Sandra Sudduth, the afternoon will focus on the youth and the community.
Three area churches, St. Paul CME, First Baptist on Vann Street and New Hope Baptist, will take part. Marcus Reid, assistant district attorney in Etowah County, will be master of ceremonies. The Jacksonville Community Choir will perform. A soul food meal will be catered.
Djembe Drums from Rome, Ga., will perform. A djembe (or jembe) is a rope-turned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa. According to the Bambara people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace.”
Sudduth said members of the Black History Committee try to present an interesting and enjoyable program for everyone each year. That’s why, she said, the National Pan-Hellenic Council and the NAACP of Jacksonville State University, the Young Marines the Girls Detention Center and others are included.
Members of the committee are Ethel Kimbrough, Nell Coleman, Constance Nation, Myrus Weaver, Emily O. Lipscomb, Freida Morris, Nancy Dickens, Theresa Curry, Glenda Jemison, Rosemary Sneed and USMC (ret.) Gilbert Taylor.