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NAACP of Lincoln County planning Black History Month program

In observation of Black History Month, the Brookhaven/Lincoln County NAACP Youth Council is organizing a special, commemorative program.

Local NAACP Chapter President Bernetta Character described the event as both “serious and entertaining,” and she hopes everyone will show up in support of Lincoln County’s young people of color.

The program will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the State Room on East Cherokee Street. Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided.

“It’s open to everybody in the community,” Character said.

Black History Month is meant to remind us of the important social, technological and professional impacts African-Americans have made on our national, historical landscape. In keeping with that theme, the upcoming program will feature characterizations of a variety of significant black trailblazers.

“Every year I let the children pick their own characters,” Character said. “That way, they can put their heart and soul into it.”

In years past, children have come dressed as political leader Nelson Mandela, performing artist Vanessa L. Williams, College Football Hall of Famer Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and many other noteworthy black figures.

“Last year’s program was very special, and it turned out great,” she said.

In conjunction with the youth recital, several area praise teams have also been invited to sing at this year’s presentation.

All local children are welcome to participate, and anyone interested in performing should contact Character at 601-757-8094 by Friday.