E'town church holds Black History Month dinner tonight

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By Kelly Cantrall

Saturday’s Black History Month event will not only look to the past but to the future.
First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown is hosting a Black History Month celebration and dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Vaughn Reno Starks Community Center. This is the fourth year for the event, which highlights achievements within the black community as well as future goals, said Brenda Jordan, coordinator of the event.
Those who attend are encouraged to make a $6 donation, which will go to the church’s youth and music programs, Jordan said.
The dinner gives attendees an opportunity to reflect on the past, even recent past, such as the election of Barack Obama as the first black president, she said.
“It’s an opportunity to come together to look at some of our achievements,” she said.
But it’s also a time to look at the future and Jordan makes sure the dinner is informational. She wants visitors to leave knowing there is still work to be done to make for a better future.
“I always wanted it to be an event where we throw some very important information out,” she said.
Jordan said she went on a campaign to attract a younger audience for this year’s event. She believes it is important for them to have this opportunity.
“They’re the ones that need to hear this message,” she said.
The event’s guest speaker is Judge Lawrence Smith, an administrative law judge from Hardin County. Jordan said he will speak on his life in foster care and the steps he took to make a successful life for himself.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.