Duncan Mayor Ritchie Dennington proclaimed February 2020 as Black History and Heritage Month for the City on Feb. 11, just days ahead of numerous events planned to celebrate Black History.
Dennington said Black History and Heritage Month began as the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson in 1925 as a weeklong recognition.
“Since 1976, every U.S. President has officially designated the month of February as Black History and Heritage Month,” Dennington said. “The Black History and Heritage Month is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.”
Dennington said the African American community in Duncan has contributed to the overall vision of “Unity in the Community.”
“The Association for the Study of African American Life and History continues to promote the study of Black History and Heritage all year,” Dennington said. “In recognition of the contributions of African Americans to the City of Duncan, Oklahoma, the City Council of the City of Duncan does herby designate February 2020 as Black History and Heritage Month.”
Activities set up for this year’s Black History Celebration include the annual Soul Feast along with a talent show, a musical featuring members from the community and a look back on history through an event called “Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future … A Glance Back in History,” according to the Rev. Ronald Boyd, who has been involved with Black History Month activities in Duncan for well over 20 years.
Auditions for the talent show already happened as the second round of auditions took place Monday, Feb. 10. Those who entered and were selected will now have the chance to show off their skills from multiple categories, including singing, dancing, poetry, instrumental or many other talents.
Those selected for the show will appear in the Talent Show at 6p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Douglass Gym.
Other events scheduled included the Glance Back in History, which took place at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in Douglass Gym and featured the remembrance of Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldiers and Thomasena Allen Moten.
The annual Soul Food Feast is scheduled for 2 p.m. Feb. 15 at Douglass Gym.
A “Community Musical Workshop” will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Antioch Baptist Church and take place at the same time each day through Feb. 20. The Community Musical will premiere at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23 at Antioch Baptist Church.