Williamson Daily News

The Williamson Branch NAACP and Youth Council will sponsor an ecumenical program in commemoration of "Juneteenth and 400 Years of Perserverance" at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Logan Street First Baptist Church, Williamson.

The speaker will be Rev. David Bell, pastor of the Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church of Red Jacket, W.Va. He is president of the West Virginia Baptist State Convention, headquartered at Hill Top, W.Va. Other clergy and persons from the community will be participating.

The 2019 Black History Month theme "Black Migrations," released by The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, emphasized the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, this theme focused especially on the twentieth century through today. It continues to celebrate the founding of the Association and the study of African American life and history by Carter G. Woodson, the African-American historian, author, journalist whose work established Black History Week now known as Black History Month.

An offering will be received in support of the operations and work of the local branch.

Rev. Frank Jones, president, urges community support for success of the program. "Juneteenth is a day of reflection, a day of renewal, a pride-filled day. It is a moment in time taken to appreciate the African American experience. It is inclusive of all races, ethnicities and nationalities - as nothing is more comforting than the hand of a friend."

NAACP Program Committee Chairman Willene H. Moore also announced that there will be displays at the Williamson Library starting June 19.