Celebrations of Black History Month continued in both Laurel and Hattiesburg today. For the first time, the City of Laurel officially co-hosted an African-American history program with a local church.
An afternoon service at Providence Missionary Baptist Church included music and dramatic presentations from young church members. Keynote speaker was McComb mayor Zachary Patterson.
Also during the event, Laurel Mayor Melvin Mack presented keys to the city to members of Laurel High School's state championship football team.
And in Hattiesburg, members of the Southern Miss African-American Student Organization hosted a musical event celebrating black history. A "gospel sing" at the Thad Cochran center featured student musicians and the African-American Student Organization Choir.
It was a first-ever program for the public, focusing on the tradition of gospel music in the black community.
About 20 musicians participated.
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