The Killeen NAACP branch is ensuring the history of the civil rights movement isn’t forgotten this February.
The group is hosting its Black History Month Jubilee at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the monumental piece of legislation that outlawed discrimination against racial, ethnic and religious minorities, as well as women.
It was responsible for ending segregation in schools and public facilities.
Cherry Ross Gooden, a retired associate professor from Texas Southern University, is serving as the evening’s guest speaker.
“It’s such an exciting time, for our community and (our) nation,” said branch president TaNeika Driver-Moultrie. “We’re excited about having Dr. Gooden come.”
This is the group’s third year celebrating Black History Month and the second year in a row that the jubilee falls on a historic date. In 2013, the celebration coincided with the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Gooden will share with attendees the significant events that happened in 1964, Driver-Moultrie said.
The evening program is free and open to the public. Before the program kickoff, the city will host a Black History Month reception. Mayor Dan Corbin will offer remarks at 5:30 p.m.
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