BLACK HISTORY MONTH: RAAC and NAACP to host Black History Month program on Feb. 27 

For another year, the Richmond Area Arts Council has joined forces with the Madison County/Richmond National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to present a special event for Black History Month.

RAAC Executive Director Randy Westbrook said after the success of the first-ever Black History Month collaborative event last year, both organizations were determined to host another despite the ongoing pandemic.

“We’ve been working on it for a month and are very excited to share it with the community. We enjoyed working with each other so much last year,” Westbrook said.

This year’s program, Moving Forward: Messages of Courage, Hope, and Empowerment, will be held virtually and will feature musical performances and spoken word.

This online program is free and will be available to watch at at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The link will also be available on the Richmond Area Arts Council and Westbrook Trio Facebook pages.

The program will include musical performances by Denisha Ballew, Kathy Bullock, Phillip Bullock, Kor'ee Jackson, Mary Jackson, Keith McCutchen, The Westbrook Trio, and spoken word performances by Aria Miles, Mahogany Shelton, and Starry Walker.

Westbrook said it was important for both RAAC and the local NAACP chapter to continue the new tradition of a Black History Month program.

“We have a lot of talent locally and in the region,” Westbrook said. “A major part of the arts council’s mission is to provide as many opportunities and space to showcase talent throughout the year. We are very excited to be able to continue that tradition.”

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