Chelsea Black Community (CBC) president Joan Cromwell hopes to make the organization’s upcoming Black History Month event fun, festive and educational.
“For the second year, we’re having a community Black History Month celebration,” said Crowmell, whose family [Smith-Cromwell] history in Chelsea dates back more than a century.
The event, which has a theme of “A Community of Unity,” will be held on Feb. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Chelsea High School. The large turnout at the first celebration at the Chelsea Public Library necessitated CBC to find a larger venue.
“We plan to have a lot of things going on – video slide shows honoring people of Chelsea, a multi-cultural fashion show with students modeling their nation’s clothing, youth and adult speakers, local artists, jewelry and perfume vendors, arts and crafts, Henna tattooing and food.”
The REACH dancers will perform at the speaking program that will begin at 7 p.m.
The CBC event planning committee includes: Henry Wilson, Shirley Thompson, Debra Washington, Paula Cromwell, Beverly Martin, Councilor-at-Large Calvin Brown, Dakeya Christmas, and Michael Mason.
City Council President Leo Robinson, the Rev. Sandra Whitley, and BHCC Associate Dean Sharon Caulfield are among the dignitaries who are expected to attend the celebration.
“The Chelsea community has changed a lot in the past 20-30 years,” said Cromwell. “The population has grown and we want to make sure that everyone is included in this celebration.”
The event is free of charge. There will be raffle drawings.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Cromwell.”’