OVERTON (AP) — Rusk County residents will gather on the square Saturday in downtown Overton for the annual Black History “Musical and Extravaganza,” according to Sandra Jackson with the planning committee.
The annual event starts at 1 p.m. and draws well over 100 people to downtown Overton to celebrate Black History Month. Festivities will feature guest speakers Dr. Jerome Milton, Rev. Dwayne McAllister, Brother Kennon Olison and Brother Ralph Kinnel.
Area churches set to participate include New Home Baptist Church, Elbethel, Scott’s Memorial CME, St. Violet, Galilee of Hallsville, Zion Baptist Church, Galilee of Flint, Spring Chapel CME, First Assembly Church, Full Gospel Holy Temple, Hopewell CME, Sinclair Church of Christ, Liberty Church, Church of Christ in Overton, Harmony Pirtle Baptist Church, Overton Missionary Church and Golden Hope Church.
Choirs, singers, musicians and praise dancers from these churches will participate in the event, praising and inspiring attendees to worship with them.
The event is sponsored by Sandra’s Boutique, Massage World in Overton, LaWanda Thomas and Janis Minnick.
Milton was the keynote speaker at the event last year, Jackson said, and is a very popular speaker in East Texas. “Dr. Milton is highly respected and has a very inspirational story to tell,” she added.
Jackson said this is the third year the event has been staged. The first year the event was held mid-week and drew nearly 100 people. With the event moved to Saturday last year, over 100 people attended on a day that was nice and devoid of rain showers.
The square in downtown Overton is on Rusk Street near Texas Bank and Trust. Right now there is not a chance of rain, but should it rain organizers will move the event to a local church.