Space at center aids Black History event

       The Old Colorado City Library's annual Black History event was held at the Westside Community Center for the first time Feb. 4, and it seems to have been a popular call.
       “I thought it worked out real well,” said Connie Black, a library employee and event emcee, adding that she also received positive feedback afterward from participants. “There was more space and having a stage gave the participants room to do what they had to do.”

As part of the Black History event at the Westside Community Center Feb. 4, Estelle Koonce (far right, on stage) reads a story about the "underground railroad" that was used by runaway slaves before the Civil War. The children had come up front at her request.
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       In previous years, the event has been held at the Old Colorado City Library. It has a meeting room but no stage, and more than 50 people gets a little tight.
       Including participants, the event at the Community Center had 100-some people on hand.
       The location was the center's Hughes Hall (formerly the gymnasium for the Buena Vista school), which has been upgraded for multi-media in the past year.
       The extra space also allowed food and drink tables along one side and games in the back for children, Black said.
       Titled “Pioneers of the Gospel,” the event included performances by four church choirs and three dance groups, a talk by Felix Diawuoh about life in Ghana and a story read by Estelle Koonce about the “underground railroad” used by runaway slaves before the Civil War.

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