First African American Literary Fair Held in Gulfport

Contributor: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 2/17/2014 7:14 pm
The first African American Literary Fair kept the Isiah Fredericks Community Center busy today. Speakers and soul food samplings started off the morning. Then in the afternoon, students came by for a ‘read-a-thon’, Jeopardy, and youth organization speakers. Event coordinator, Rutha Evans, says there used to be more of an emphasis in school curriculum on African American history, but it hasn't been highlighted in recent years. She believes that during Black History Month, it is especially important to educate both the young and the old about their heritage. Evans says, “What we're trying to do is enlighten the community of all our African ancestors, the slaves who were brought here from Africa. And we want to continue to expose the community to the things that happened back during slavery, but to remind people about our past and press forward to our future.” Evans brought many of her own antiques to illustrate the strong leaders in African American history, and the progress they have made.

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