Independence community celebrates Black History

February 21, 2024

The Independence community near Long Neck hosted a Black history event for residents and their guests Feb. 17 at the clubhouse ballroom.

The Independence Celebrates Black History Month Committee of the 55-plus community sponsored the multiracial and multicultural event.

The Black history event focuses on African American contributions to the arts in the areas of music, dance, theater, visual arts, history and public service. Guest speakers were Rep. Estella Parker Selby, D-Milton; Bernice Edwards, executive director of First State Community Action Agency; Jerome Houston, a representative of the Buffalo Soldiers; along with the Indy Dancers and Choir, and actors from the Possum Point Players. More than 125 residents attended the event.

“The first Black history celebration was an extraordinary event to experience and participate in,” said committee member Carl Cherney. “Joining together to sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ as an opening and closing with ‘We Shall Overcome,’ the event echoed the historic struggle encountered by African Americans throughout the course of American history. The goal of this inaugural event was two-fold, to educate and celebrate. Educating others about the accomplishments of African Americans in all walks of life, learning of African American experiences and conditions in Sussex County, and celebrating the diversity of our community.”


Subscribe to the Daily Newsletter