First Posted: 2/10/2009
The local Black History Month celebration has special significance this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
On Sunday, Surry County Unit 5459 of the NAACP will present A Centennial Celebration: 1909-2009, at Ararat Missionary Baptist Church on Jones School Road in Mount Airy.
Everyone is welcome at the event that begins at 3 p.m.
The special speaker for the 2009 Black History Month celebration will be a local pastor the Rev. James N. Brannon Sr. of Mount Calvary CME Church.
Light refreshments will be served.
The NAACP was founded on Feb. 12, 1909 by a group of multi-racial activists for the purpose of achieving social equality. This came in the wake of a race riot in Springfield, Ill., the year before.
Among its founders were W.E.B. DuBois, Ida Wells-Barnett, Henry Moscowitz, Oswald Garrison Villiard, Mary White Ovington and William English Walling.