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Library, church to host black history speakers, events

Published 9:17am Saturday, February 16, 2013

According to, Black History Month has been an annual observance in February in the U.S. since 1976. The month is set aside as a time for celebrating “achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history,” reads.

Black History Month is also being observed in Alexander City, with a couple notable events on the calendar for those who want to learn more and celebrate African-American heritage.

“We’re going to have singers, speakers and different people talking about black history,” said Alisa Norris of the Bread of Life Apostolic Church of Promise in Kellyton. “We’ve planned a high time in the Lord.”

The Bread of Life ACOP program will be held Feb. 20–22 at 7 p.m. nightly, featuring a different speaker and group of singers each night.

Norris said they hope it will be an educational experience.

“We want to … tell the young people what the older people had to through – our grandmothers and great-grandmothers and grandfathers … so they can appreciate what they have today,” Norris said.

The annual program is open to everyone in the community, regardless of race.

“I want everybody to come,” Norris said. “If you miss this, you are going to miss a treat. It’s really nice. I just want to fill the house.”

Another educational opportunity will be offered at the Adelia M. Russell Library with Black History Month speaker Dr. Richard Bailey.

According to a press release provided by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Bailey will speak on “Black Women in America: Culture and History.”

Bailey had visited the library one day to do research. Amy Huff, library director, said when the staff found out he was a speaker with AHF, they decided to have him back to speak.

“We wanted to have a speaker for Black History Month,” Huff said. “This is the first one in about three years. I just think it’s important to remember everyone who has had a part in our history.”

The program will be held Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. For more information call 256-329-6796.