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.”
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