Dr. David Satcher, 16th surgeon general of the United States and an Anniston native, will headline Hobson City’s Black History Month event Saturday.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. at the Hobson City Federal Emergency Management Agency building behind Town Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.

“We’re looking to have a wonderful evening … I’m expecting a big crowd,” said Mayor Alberta McCrory. “We want a lot of parents to come and bring their children.”

McCrory said Satcher would be the speaker at the annual celebration. Besides growing up in Anniston, Satcher graduated from Calhoun County Training School in Hobson City, which closed in 1972 following integration. He was surgeon general from 1998-2002.

McCrory added that teachers from the training school would be honored at the event.

McCrory said she got Satcher to come to the event after meeting him while participating in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute program. The institute, offered at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, works to develop health leaders and strategies to eliminate health disparities in communities.

“He’s just really been committed to improving health,” McCrory said of Satcher.

Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.

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