We are in the midst of Black History Month and nothing reflects the spirit as much as the annual gospel event at First Bap­tist Church in Eliza­beth­town.

Some events, regardless of the foundation of it, seem to come and go.

Not the Gospel Musical. This celebration of songs and praise will mark its 35th year in 2021 and over the years the message from the night has grown deeper and the music from local and area artists even more powerful.

The Gospel Musical is a joint effort between the schol­ar­ship committee at First Baptist Church and Eliza­beth­town Com­munity and Technical College. Last week’s event featured more than 15 musical performances that began with a powerful message from organizer Pamela Har­per: “We’ve got one leader and that’s my father in heaven.”

Each year the program has a theme. This year it was “Feeling the Love at ECTC.”

Among those taking part in the program was ECTC President and CEO Juston Pate, who shared the college’s vision and how a solid education helps provide for the future of a community.

“Our mission is to add value to the lives of people who then return that value to our community,” Pate said.

The annual Gospel Musical is an integral part of celebrating Black History Month in Hardin County and those who are the backbone of the event each year play a critical role it making it a marquee event.

The Gospel Musical every February is more than an event. As it continues to thrive, it has become a cherished tradition.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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