February is more than half over, but there is still plenty of time to observe Black history with the 2021 Owensboro Black History Month Celebration.

The celebration’s itinerary, which is a collaborated sponsorship between the H.L. Neblett Community Center, The Northwest Neighborhood Alliance and the Owensboro Black Expo, continues Thursday, Feb. 18, with the H.L. Neblett Retirement Workshop via a Zoom conference at 6:15 p.m. at us02web.zoom.us/j/85686927886.

The celebration continues with the Neblett Home Buyer Empowerment Panel at 6:15 p.m. Feb. 25, also through a Zoom conference at us02web.zoom.us/j/86033387241.

On Feb. 27, a free sack lunch will be given away at noon at Fifth and Poplar streets.

The festivities conclude with the Black History Program drive-in program, “The Hill We Climb.” This program will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, at the Owensboro Sportscenter parking lot.

“This is our grand finale,” H.L. Neblett Community Center recreational director Larry Owen said. “It’s going to take place live on stage ... that can be viewed on a 45-foot screen. And the audio of the program will be broadcasting through your car radio.”

The live show will include a presentation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award and the Rev. George E. Riley On the Battlefield Award, keynote speaker Owensboro High School Assistant Principal K. O. Lewis, musical selections from Titus Chapman & Friends and Chaun Paulk, and “The Hill We Climb” poem recital by Owensboro High School recent Harvard-accepted student Kaysia Harrington.

All attendees of the live program must wear a mask while outside their vehicles.

Between these events, Black history facts and interesting stories are announced intermittently each day during Black History Month on Cromwell radio stations.

For more information about these events, contact the H.L. Neblett Community Center at 270-685-3197.

(1) comment

Frank Sterle

At a very young and therefore impressionable age, I was emphatically told by my mother (who's of Eastern European heritage) about the exceptionally kind and caring nature of our Black family doctor. She never had anything disdainful to say about people of color; in fact she loves to watch/listen to the Middle Eastern and Indian subcontinental dancers and musicians on the multicultural channels.

This had a positive effect upon me.

Conversely, if she’d told me the opposite about the doctor, I could’ve aged while blindly linking his color with an unjustly cynical view of him and all Black people.

Therefore, essentially by chance, I reached adulthood unstricken by uncontrolled feelings of racial contempt seeking expression.

Not as lucky, some people—who may now be in an armed authority capacity—were raised with a distrust or blind dislike of other racial groups.

Regardless, the first step towards changing our irrationally biased thinking is our awareness of it and its origin.

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