Black History Month celebration Feb. 27

Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 19:00 - Written by Staff Reports


A Black History Month celebration is planned for next week in downtown Tyler.

The event, which includes historical videos, music and dancing, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at Liberty Hall, 103 E. Erwin St., according to a city news release. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

The celebration will feature Half Mile of History videos focusing on Emmett Scott, Texas College and Butler College, according to a news release, and the city of Tyler will unveil the new African American Heritage Trail brochure, “highlighting the historical places and people that have been influential to the community of Tyler.”

“I’m so pleased that we are able to pay homage to the rich African American culture and history of Tyler,” Mayor Barbara Bass said in a news release. “This is a very special event and we are privileged to be a part of this tribute.”

During the event’s opening, the Texas College Choir will perform and Virlinda Stanton will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which was written as a poem and then set to music in 1900 by James Weldon Johnson, according to a news release.

“It was first performed by 500 children at the segregated Stanton School as part of the celebration for Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Principal, James Weldon Johnson wrote the song to introduce their honored guest, Booker T. Washington,” according to the news release.

“It has been a privilege to bring this program to the community,” Councilman Darryl Bowdre said in the release. “The African-American culture is an integral part of Tyler’s history, and it is important that we preserve it.”

There is no admission cost, and the event is open to all. 

For more information, call Liberty Hall Manager Anne Payne at 903-595-7274.