BY JOE OLENICK firstname.lastname@example.org
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — While it may be a black history program in name, Charlene McClain says Thursday’s event at Lockport High School is a celebration for all backgrounds.
“We wanted to keep it multicultural to try and bring the community together,” McClain said.
Lockport’s annual Black History program begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium, 250 Lincoln Ave. It is free and open to the public.
McClain, the adviser for LHS’s African American History Club, said this year’s theme is “Civil Rights in America.” In between performances, club members will offer inspirational readings.
One of the main performers is One World Tribe. The Erie, Pa.-based group performs a variety of musical styles, such as reggae, hip hop, soul and funk.
A drill team from North Park Junior High will also perform.
Also on the docket is a lyrical dance by Thursday’s master of ceremonies, Desiree Wiley. Wiley is a 2009 Lockport graduate and current WKBW television personality.
The guest speaker is Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, a University at Buffalo professor and the founding director of the UB Center for Urban Studies.
Taylor’s research has centered on a historical and contemporary analysis of distressed urban neighborhoods, social isolation and race and class issues among people of color, especially African Americans and Latinos.BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION • 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Lockport High School auditorium, 250 Lincoln Ave. Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.