By Christopher T. Matthews
On Sunday February 28th the 16th Annual Black History Celebration was held at the Local UAW 1435 hall in Perrysburg, OH on Oregon Rd, it was themed “We are His Dream.” hundreds of people attended the event, and several were honored for their activity within the community. Kelly Wilson and band performed, Kierra Williams performed a dance routine, and various individuals had vending booths setup at the event to promote products conducive to growth and development within the community.
Alice Reasonover- Payne says we go off into the community to gather information and stay updated on what African-Americans are doing in their community in regards to giving back and/or being a positive force within their community.
Ms. Reasonover-Payne says it was imperative to acknowledge, “We are His Dream,” i.e. Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream. Ms. Reasonover-Payne expressed that she feels people like to ponder on the dream that Dr. King had during his time, yet they don’t realize how contemporary African Americans have conceptualized his dream in one way or another.
Alice Reasonover- Payne says the overall purpose of the event is to bring the people out and pay homage to them for manifesting Dr. King’s dream within the community by honoring them with certificates and letting them know that they are appreciated for giving back to the community.
Fern R. King of Fernigan Unique Jewelry and Abstract Art says she attended the event to celebrate her heritage and to promote her small business that she is just getting started and she looks forward to playing a conducive role and/or part of growth and development within the community.
Earl. Mack President of The Toledo Buffalo Soldiers, and James Harris Vice President of The Toledo Buffalo Soldiers are being honored at the event and collectively expressed that it is a great event for Black History Month, it is a privilege to be honored for their work within the community; and on behalf of the Toledo Buffalo Soldiers they are grateful to be present.
LJ Hamilton Community Activist is being honored for being active within the community and for keeping the empowerment of African Americans relevant. Mr. Hamilton says my goal is to seek justice and advocate equal treatment as well as fairness within the legal court systems. Mr. Hamilton also expressed that he feels that there are those within the African American Community who are comprised of a collective of people who are strong, resilient, and who aim to press forward.
The Honorable Judge Myron Duhart says this is certainly a wonderful event that is put on every year, recognizing the history of Local UAW 1435; they always bring out the best and the brightest individuals during Black History Month.