Danville Express

Newsfront - February 23, 2007

Celebrate Black History

Public invited to program of speeches, music and poetry

by Jordan M. Doronila

The Diablo Black Men's Group invites the public to attend a Black History program filled with poetry and music in San Ramon this Sunday.

"It focuses on the history of black education," said Spencer Tyrus, Diablo Black Men's Group member and program organizer. "We have a long legacy of contribution to American history."

"Some of the information has not been known," he added.

At the event, San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson will give a presentation. James Logan High School National Forensic Champions will give a performance, and San Ramon Poet Laureate Patricia Perry will recite from Maya Angelou's writing, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."

Additionally, there will music, refreshments and a Negro League Baseball display.

Tyrus said the program is an opportunity for people to see young talent.

"It showcases youth in what they are doing in regards to displaying their talents in Black History Month," he said. "The emphasis is on youth."

Currently, there are 65 members in the Black Men's Group, which comprises Danville, Diablo, Alamo and neighboring communities. The group began in the mid 1990s as a place where black men in the Valley can find support, share personal experiences with each other, and talk honestly about the challenges of being African-American.

Tyrus said one of the group's main goals is to open itself up to the community and be a part of it. Last year, it invited kids and adults from the Danville vicinity to the African Diaspora Museum in San Francisco. Around 20 to 25 students from San Ramon Valley High School attended.

"We try to break it up and do different things so it would be wider interest," Tyrus said.

He added that although the group has an age limit of 21 and over, it is "actually open to anyone in the community."

The cultural program in honor of Black History Month will take place from 2-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 25, at the San Ramon Community Center, presented by the Diablo Black Men's Group, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Rho Upsilon Omega Chapter, and Riches by Design Money Matters Network Inc. Admission is free.

Contact Jordan M. Doronila at jdoronila@DanvilleWeekly.com


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