Sumter church to host black history celebration

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/15/18

First Baptist Missionary Church invites the public to attend its Black History Month Celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The celebration, hosted in partnership withe Community Broadcasters, will be held at the church, 219 S. Washington …

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First Baptist Missionary Church invites the public to attend its Black History Month Celebration at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The celebration, hosted in partnership withe Community Broadcasters, will be held at the church, 219 S. Washington St.

This event is for young and older generations, said the Rev. George Windley Jr.

Young people especially will benefit from attending because they will learn about the struggles of some older African-Americans, he said.

Windley said he also wants attendees to know that they can make a difference.

"This is a time for learning and a time for growth," he said. "We have to tell the story."

Guest speaker will be Wes Bellamy, a city councilman in Charlottesville, Virginia, who was on council during the protests regarding the removal of a statue Robert. E. Lee at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park. One woman was killed after a man drove his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters who were in favor of the statue's removal.

Bellamy, the only black council member serving last year, also served as vice mayor and was instrumental in the pursuit to remove Confederate monuments from Charlottesville's public parks. He also serves as president of 100 Black Men of Central Virginia; an adviser for the Collegiate 100 Black Men of Central Virginia; co-chair of the Charlottesville Alliance for Black Male Achievement; and is an African-American teaching fellow.

Saturday's event will also feature a representative from ESPER Stamps, the African-American Stamp Collection Society, who will provide information on numerous stamps featuring black and African-American people.

For more information call the church at (803) 775-1462.