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Nearly 100 gather in Ranson to mark Black History Month

February 07, 1999|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

RANSON, W.Va. - To remember the past and give direction for the future, nearly 100 people gathered in the basement of a church here Saturday afternoon to celebrate Black History Month.

"It's so people can learn about the history," said Victor Carr, a deacon at the Kings Apostle Holiness Church of God - Baltimore Temple, where the event was held.

"And for the children, especially. We don't want them to forget where they came from, but we want to let them know where they can go, too," Carr said.

The fourth annual Black History Program, organized by the Kings Apostle Multicultural Group, attracted mostly families from around the area to the brick-faced church.

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For almost four hours, story-telling, singing and inspirational speeches entertained the crowd.

A teacher talked about the importance of black inventors to the world.

The refrigerator, dustpan, mop, ironing board and the filament that is inside light bulbs were among the items she said the world might be without if not for black inventors.

One reverend told the children in the audience to follow their dreams and not let others stand in their way.

A high school counselor stressed the importance of algebra and reading to parents and children alike.

"It's like a homecoming for people to get together to give their ideas and thoughts on black history," said Bonnie Prather, who is the president of the church's multicultural group. "Everybody has something to add."

Tier Robinson, 32, of Charles Town, said, "It's good for the children to know where they came from.

"And it's great to help celebrate the African-American movement and people in Jefferson County by bringing all the races together."

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