The Dunn Police Athletic and Activities League is offering its annual Black History Month program on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the PAL Fitness Center, 610 E. Johnston St.
This year’s theme focuses on the hidden pillars of black history.
The program will feature speeches, presented by members of the PAL, once given by prominent citizens such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Barack Obama as well as choreographed dance presentations, with the centerpiece of the program being an artistic display of black history from pre-slavery to the modern day.
“We have a small performance from youth who will be performing speeches by some iconic people in black history as well as performing some cultural art dance pieces,” said the program’s creator Cameron Brock. “And there will be a huge display on the culture of black history.”
Program creator Cameron Brock says the exhibit will take visitors on a chronological look through black history. The exhibit includes everything from photographs and drawings to just about anything considered art.
“That’s going to be our main focus,” Brock said. “It’s going to start before slavery was even established. It’s going to show the royalty of our black history through slavery and continuing through post-civil rights moments with some significant events.”
Brock said several modern issues will also be a part of the exhibit.
“It will be concluding even with the modern day Black Lives Matter movement,” he said. “And with prominent people like Maxine Waters and their part in black history now.”
Brock said the program will offer guests an opportunity to see firsthand what the participants in the PAL program have learned and to get a better understanding of black history.
“Everything they’ve been learning from black history has been encompassed into the gallery and their performances,” he said. “It’s a chance to see what they’ve actually learned. All of the youth in the program were given something to do and they’ve all contributed.”
PAL Director Rodney Rowland said the program will showcase what the program participants have learned and will provide an opportunity for all to learn something new.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting and educational event,” he said. “I think a lot of the community will learn a great deal and I think we’ll all be able to understand each other a little better.”
The event is free and will get underway at 6 p.m. with doors opening around 5:30.
Rick Curl can be reached at email@example.com or at 910-230-2037.