By Rachel coleman
• Leader & Times
Audience members nearly filled the auditorium at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School last weekend for the Black History Month Fashion and Talent Show. Saturday, more well-dressed guests will head to SCCC/ATS for the Rosa Parks Scholarship Banquet, the formal highlight of Liberal’s Black History Month festivities.
There’s still time to obtain tickets for the black-tie event. All members of the Black History Month Committee, including Gwendolyn Moore, Faye Alsup, Christine Hammond and Lawrence Johnson, are selling the $15 tickets. The 6 p.m. banquet includes a sit-down catered meal, entertainment and a program featuring guest speaker Elbert McGhee, an educator and entrepreneur with local roots, who now lives in Wichita.
“We’re really excited about having him come and speak,” said committee member Faye Alsup. “People are going to enjoy it.”
Although formal wear, music and fellowship are enjoyable, the main object of the evening, Alsup said, is the committee’s goal to raise money for education, and encourage young people to take hold of the opportunities available to them. The high point of the Rosa Parks Banquet will be the award of an $800 scholarship to a high school senior or college student.
“That’s why we sell the Black History Month T-shirts, and set up the banquet and solicit donations,” Alsup said. “All that money goes into the scholarship fund.”
This year’s entrants will read their scholarship essays aloud at the banquet before the winner is announced. The format is new, Alsup said, and she expects the sense of anticipation to add a little zing to the evening.
“It’s pretty exciting,” she said.
The banquet begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Seward County Community College’s banquet room 229. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in advance from any Black History Month committee member.
For information, call Johnson at 624-3105 or Alsup at 624-2423.