black history event, 2/16/13

Breanna Thomas, 16, right, a junior at Vanden High School, gives a speech during the One World Agenda oratorical competition that was part of Black History Month celebrations at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center in Suisun City, Saturday. Also participating in the contest were Brea Darnell, 17, left, and Afrika Collier, 14, center. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Suisun City

Black History Month marked with all-day celebration

By From page A1 | February 17, 2013

SUISUN CITY — Community members of all ages came together Saturday to celebrate Black History Month with an all day event at the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center.

The Fairfield-Suisun City-Vacaville Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc. hosted the event for the third year. This year the group celebrated with food and drink, the Awesome Wonder Praise Dancers, spoken word artists Charles Brown and Keynda Turner, a raffle and ended the day with music by the Caravan of All Stars Blues Band.

Dorothy Day said she enjoyed the musical performances of the day. She closed her eyes to listen to a performance by 14-year-old gospel singer Jourdan Terry-Hilliard.

Day’s favorite part of the event every year is the time spent with other attendees.

“It brings a lot of us together.” she said.

Several vendors and organizations set up tables at the event for attendees to browse during performances. Safequest Solano attended the event for the first time to offer information about their domestic violence and sexual assault support services.

Executive director David Isom said it was important to him that Safequest Solano reach out to the African-American community. Isom chose to  come to the event to reach out to the black community.

“African-Americans often don’t call the police . . . That’s a nationwide problem” he said.

Fairfield High School librarian Regina Williams set up a table with hundreds of books for teens and children. She said when children came to “buy” a book, they were shocked to learn it was free.

“The kids –  their eyes lit up,” she said. “They asked ‘I can take it?’ ”

Williams has been collecting and giving away children’s books for the past 20 years.

“The best part is children get to pick out their own book,” she said. “There’s nothing like owning your own book.”

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.

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  • G-ManFebruary 17, 2013 - 4:27 am

    Blacks don't call the police because they see them often enough in person...

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  • StR Cavan of All Stars is Exciting and FantasticFebruary 17, 2013 - 1:38 pm


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  • StRFebruary 17, 2013 - 1:40 pm

    Th above footage does not do them justice as far as real sound quality. They need to be recorded in a large hall where the acoustics are good. Talk about good Sax. Wonderful, wonderful!

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