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Second Baptist celebrates black history

Taste of Soul program offers food, music, history

February 25, 2012
By JOE SUTTER, Messenger staff writer , Messenger News

A "Taste of Soul" food sampling and Black History program will be hosted Sunday at Second Baptist Church, 1827 Fourth Ave. S. Free food will be available at 2:30 p.m. with the program beginning at 3:30.

This year, the program is run by the church's missions department, headed by Sherry Washington.

"All sorts of Afro-American foods will be available at the tasting, such as greens, corn bread, fried okra, fried chicken, fried cabbage, rice and stewed tomatoes to name a few," said Washington.

She said the program will include dramas from Atheletics for Education and Success and a musical selection from some people who grew up in the community, with the organ, drums, bass guitar, and some kind of horns as well as singers. There will be speakers, including Second Baptist evangelist Callie Presswood and Bishop Madai Taylor from Agape church. The program also includes poetry and an awards ceremony for some community members for their Black History involvement.

Other churches will be involved, including Calvary Memorial church and Agape.

"It's more of a community service than just a Second Baptist event," Washington said.

The program will reflect the past, present, and future, Washington said. She hopes the event will attract a wide variety of people, and allow anyone to ask questions.

"We hope people of all races will unite and enjoy the songs, music, talks, experiences and food, as black history includes all races," she said. "It's an important event as it's a time for everyone to fellowship, a time to ask questions and learn about history."

Washington said the church has been holding this annual event for many years.

"I would like to reach more into the community, all nationalities and cultures," she said. "Everyone has a story. I would like to see more churches interact with it in future years, and make it more of a focus, not just in the black community."

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