By Andy Ross

Killeen Daily Herald

With February officially here, numerous Killeen-area churches, schools and organizations are gearing up to host events celebrating Black History Month.

The Killeen Branch NAACP, led by new president Taneika Driver, will reportedly be playing a supporting role this year as events take place throughout the next four weeks.

"During January, we held events honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and the community came out and supported us," Driver said. "As the new president going into 2011, one of my goals is to form partnerships and a unified front with the community, so it's important for us to get out and support other organizations and churches."

Driver said one of the first events set to take place will be an expo hosted by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority this Saturday. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

On Feb. 8, the city of Killeen will host a Black History Month reception from 5 to 6 p.m. at City Hall, prior to the evening's regularly scheduled council meeting.

On Feb. 15, Central Texas College will host motivational speaker Lamar Collins at 6 p.m. at the college's Fine Arts auditorium (Building 112). The theme of the evening will be "How Sweet the Sound: Expressions of Faith." Performances by local church choirs and the CTC step team will also take place.

At Fort Hood, the High Chapparral Youth Center will host a program in honor of Black History Month at 5 p.m. Feb. 18.

Live Oak Ridge Middle School in Killeen will host a program on Feb. 24 under the theme "remembering those from the past, honoring those in the present and striving towards more accomplishments and contributions in the future." The program will be in the school's cafeteria from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Feb. 27, the Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen will host a play in honor of Black History Month at 5 p.m.

Greater Peace Missionary Baptist Church will also host a program Feb. 27, beginning at 3 p.m. The theme will be "believe, achieve, succeed."

Additional events hosted by KISD, local churches or other organizations will be announced as they become known. For more information, contact the Killeen Branch NAACP at (254) 286-9211.

Contact Andy Ross at or (254) 501-7468. Follow him on Twitter at KDHeducation.

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