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Song and essays celebrate Black History Month

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Friday, February 10, 2012

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Alexis Wilkins (Broome High School) and Alexander Poteat (Greer Charter Middle College) read their winning essays at tonight's Black History Month Celebration at Greer City Hall.

Alexis Wilkins (Broome High School) and Alexander Poteat (Greer Charter Middle College) read their winning essays at tonight's Black History Month Celebration at Greer City Hall.



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Leon, left, and Marshall James provided entertainment through song at tonight's Black History Month Celebration.

Leon, left, and Marshall James provided entertainment through song at tonight's Black History Month Celebration.

Alexander Poteat and Alexis Wilkins read their winning essays who their African American heroes were and why at the Black History Month celebration at Greer City Hall tonight.

It the first of two programs organized by Wayne Griffin and sponsored by Village Hospital that celebrates Black History this month. The Black History Gala is scheduled Friday, Feb. 17 beginning at 7 p.m. The cost is $10.

Wilkins, from Broome High School, read an essay on Rosa Parks and Poteat, from Greer Charter Middle College, selected Langston Hughes for his essay. Twins Sullivan and Madison Benson also earned prizes for their essays but were out of town. The essay contest, sponsored by the City of Greer and Griffin Insurance, invited middle school and high school students

The evening program featured the Calvary Gospel Choir and the singing of brothers Leon and Marshall James. A black history tribute video reflected on iconic black leaders who influenced African Americans.

Cast members of "Hairspray", a Greer Cultural Arts production, performed a short preview of its upcoming performances later this month and early March.

An evening of music, dancing and refreshments is scheduled for next Friday's semi-formal gala. Tickets are available at City Hall and the city's Operations Center (446 Pennsylvania Avenue).weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Greer CPW is a contributing sponsor to the Black History Month events.

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