To honor Black History Month, there are various upcoming events in February to celebrate the achievements of African Americans from Killeen-area organizations.
TaNeika Driver-Moultrie, with the Killeen NAACP, said the organization strives to be a voice for all people and to bring the nation together on a united front to fight injustice.
“These events are opportunities to have conversations about the social climate of our nation, to mobilize people in the upcoming elections, and to encourage and engage our youth,” she said. “I want people to be able to converse with one another in an open forum about the issues minorities face in America.”
Killeen Branch NAACP
The Killeen Branch NAACP will host the “My Black is Beautiful” event in honor of Black History Month Feb. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church, 4201 Zephyr Road, Killeen. This event is free and open to the public
The Killeen NAACP will also host its 45th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet March 16 at 6:15 p.m. at the Killeen Civic & Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive. The program will begin at 7 p.m. The theme of this year’s banquet will be “Paving the Way for Our Future Torchbearers.” Guest Speaker David G. Reynolds, pastor of Greater Vision Community Church will be presenting. Attire is semi-formal and tickets are $35 each or $320 for a reserved table of eight. For more information, contact TaNeika Driver-Moultrie at 254-338-1562.
City of Killeen
Mayor Jose Segarra has proclaimed Feb. 1-28 Black History Month in Killeen. The public is invited to a Black History Month reception Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. in the foyer at City Hall, 101 N. College St.
The Center for African-American Studies & Research is presenting The African American Experience Lecture Series Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. in conjunction with Texas A&M University-Central Texas, Central Texas College and the community. Aya Eneli and Roscoe Harrison will present local stories and presentations regarding the African American contribution to the culture, and development of Bell and surrounding communities of Central Texas. The lectures will be at Texas A&M University Central Texas, Multipurpose Room, Warrior Hall, 1001 Leadership Drive, Killeen. For more information, contact Larry Davis, chief diversity officer, Texas A&M University Central Texas, at 254-501-5836.
An African American/Black History Month observance is set for 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Fort Hood Community Events Center. The event will feature guest speaker Pastor Rodney Gilchrist, a retired sergeant major. This event is open to military identification card holders. The center is at 50012 Clear Creek Road, Fort Hood.