SPECIAL EVENTS

Highlights from 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration

On Saturday, February 19, 2005, the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights held its 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration with special guest, MADDRAMA THEATER GROUP, INC. of Jackson, Mississippi. This talented troupe of outstanding artists and musicians performed "Take Me Back: A Theatrical Journey of Unsettling Memories." Their performance of "Take Me Back" is a riveting account of some of the most trying times in the nation's history; yet this group uses tragic stories to teach lessons and offer hope. Click a picture to enlarge.

The Metcalfe Community Mass Choir brings the crowd to their feet as they perform their musical selection, "I Open My Mouth (to the Lord)" during the 4th Annual Black History Month Celebration. Jaribu presents Lillie Ayers with the Fannie Lou Hamer Human Rights Award. Other recipients of this award during the Celebration include: Ellen Reddy and Helen Johnson of Citizens for Quality Education; Mark G. Henderson, Founder of Maddrama and the Metcalfe Community Mass Choir.

Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson presents Dr. Mark G. Henderson, Director and Founder of Maddrama Theater Company, Inc. with a key to the city during a reception in honor of the group prior to the Black History Celebration. Maddrama performed "Take Me Back: A Theatrical Journey of Unsettling Memories" during the Celebration.

Younger members of Maddrama Theater Company tell the story of the 1963 16th Street Church bombing that killed 4 little girls. Members of Maddrama perform "Take Me Back" at the close of the Celebration.

As done in the past, the Center included a high school essay contest for seniors and announced the winners during the Celebration. This year's winners were as follows:

First place winner:
Crystal Walker of South Delta High School, Rolling Fork, Mississippi, winner of the Dell laptop computer

Second place winner:
Morris McCaskill of East Side High School, Cleveland, Mississippi, winner of the Dell desktop computer

Third place winner:
Perry Reed of East Side High School, Cleveland, Mississippi, winner of the $300 cash prize.

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Highlights from 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration
On Saturday, February 28, 2004, the Mississippi Workers' Center for Human Rights held its 3rd Annual Black History Month Celebration with special guests, veteran civil rights activist Victoria Gray-Adams, who served as keynote speaker and actress/comedienne Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, who served as cultural artist.

The Celebration also included an essay contest for high school seniors. Winners of the essay contest were as follows:

First place winner:
Tyshonda Wilson of West Bolivar High School, Rosedale, Mississippi, winner of the Dell laptop computer

Second place winner:
Gregory Johnson of Humphreys County High School, Belzoni, Mississippi, winner of the Dell desktop computer

Third place winner:
Ashley Belton of Leland High School, Leland, Mississippi, winner of the $300 cash prize.