WILLIAMSON - Mayor Darrin McCormick was joined by several local residents who gathered in the city council chambers to witness the signing of a proclamation declaring February to be “Black History Month” in the City of Williamson.
Those in attendance with McCormick included Virdell, Leah and Aaron Banks, Maliyah and Zion Martin, Juanita Hooks, Jada Hunter, John Fullen, Willene Moore, Christopher and Kaylin Joplin, Prestine Warren, Bernice Johnson and Zada Hairston.
A variety of activities are planned throughout the month, sponsored by the Williamson Branch of the NAACP, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, the Williamson Public Library and the West Virginia Humanities Council.
They include a series of programs honoring the legacy of Black/African-American women in American culture and history. These events will be held each Monday of this month at the library, beginning at 5 p.m.
On Feb. 19, the annual Black History Month/Candlelight Vigil program will be held at the Logan Street First Baptist Church in Williamson at 3 p.m. Guest speakers will include West Virginia First Lady and President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joann Tomblin, and Carl Lee, former football coach for West Virginia University and a member of the Marshall University Hall of Fame.
For more information on any of the above listed events, you may contact Willene Moore, Program Chairman for the Williamson Branch of the NAACP, at 304-235-3268, or Ron Lemon, Vice-President for Development at the SWVCTC at 304-896-7425.