HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg held a Black History Month celebration that took us both to church and to Sunday dinner all at the same time.
Hattiesburg city officials and residents gathered at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center on Main Street to enjoy a night of food, fun and celebration of black heritage.
The night was packed with some great singing by the Sovereign Chorale, known around town for their power house voices and gifted musicians.
The serving table at the potluck party was filled with food that you can only get at a soul food dinner.
Guest Speaker of the night was author and Mississippi native Kathy Starr, who shared a message highlighting the importance of soul food regarding its powerful connection to African-American Heritage.
Hattiesburg Councilwoman Deborah Delgado told WDAM proudly that the recipe for the perfect party all came together for the Black History Celebration in downtown Hattiesburg.
“This is how you throw a party in Hattiesburg," Delgado said. "You bring out soul food, you bring great gospel music, you bring out great speakers, ask people to share their favorite soul food dishes and they come out and have a good time. This has been absolutely wonderful.”
Great music and great food brought Hattiesburg and Pine Belt residents together for a celebration to attendees will be sure to remember.
“High energy, High energy. People are enjoying the food, but they are also enjoying the ministry of the Sovereign Chorale and we’re just so excited to have them," said Delgado.
Delgado said after the celebration, she and folks who came out couldn’t be prouder of their heritage.
“This is southern Black Heritage gospel, great soul food, people coming together to share," Delgado said. "It’s a ritual. It’s a part of what we do as a community.”