Around the end of February, Onslow County Parks and Recreation will host its first-ever Black History Month event. Onslow County Parks and Recreation announced on Thursday that the party will be held on Sunday, February 26 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the former River of Life Church on 1940 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville.
According to the press release, the celebration will feature performances by Rhonda Fonville’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the Zeca School of Technology and Arts Children’s Drumline, the Gentlemen of Quality led by Mr. Rodney Johnson, saxophonist Drew Clements, the Suah African Dance Theatre, spoken word by Emmanuel Gaines and Nathan Hand, and history brought to life by literature teacher Kellie French.
In addition, three recipients will be given the “Because of You, We Can” award by Onslow County Parks & Recreation. According to the press release, the first recipients of the awards are Judge Paul Hardison Ret, the first African American Chief District Court Judge for the Fourth Judicial District, Mrs. Diana King Barnes, for her work to promote equality for all, and the Montford Point Marine Association, for perpetuating the memory of the first Black Marines.
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In a press release, Recreation Program Administrator LaQuesha Cadwallader said,
“To celebrate Black History Month by bringing our diverse community together is what this event is all about and we are excited to create this new tradition in Onslow County,”
Amy Goss-Guild Mortgage and Green Clean Car Spa have generously provided funding for this event, and the press release also boasts that there will be food, vendors, quizzes, and awards.