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North DeKalb Mall welcomes Black History Expo

James Horton, who was injured on the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama, during the 1965 Civil Rights protests, is hosting “The Sights and Sounds Black Cultural Expo,” now, until Friday, Feb. 28, daily, from noon – 2 p.m.

 

Horton has more than 8,000 artifacts on display at a space next to Macy’s that chronologically shows the historical passage of black Americans from their roots to present-day America.

 

“This is very important to me. I started doing this exhibit more than 20 years ago. A lot of our youth have no idea in the world where we come from,” said Horton, who also takes the exhibit to schools, churches and other events in the community. “The best way to explain coming from Africa to the present day time is to give the youth the chance to see actual artifacts, see real people and see the works of our great black inventors.”

 

Different presenters, authors and storytellers such as General Larry Platt and dancer Milyssa Rose will be a part of the exhibit on selected days.  

 

The exhibit is free to view. Free tours are available as well. For a full schedule of guests and to set up group tours, call 404-966-2137 or 404-454-1462.

North DeKalb Mall is at 2050 Lawrenceville Highway in Decatur. For more information, visit www.northdekalbmall.com or call 404-320-7960.  

 

Gwinnett library welcomes fraternity and sorority for annual event

The Gwinnett County Public Library’s Duluth branch, 3480 Duluth Park Lane, N.W., Duluth, will welcome members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for the Sixth Annual “Diamonds and Pearls” event on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 – 2 p.m.

 

The annual black history program will honor the many contributions of African Americans, both past and present. At the community reading event, Kappas, AKAs and their selected guests, will share and read from their favorite books that reflect famous figures in black history.

 

All ages are invited to attend the free event. 770-978-5154. 

 

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