Published on Thursday, March 1, 2018
The first "I Am Because We Are" Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 24 was a chance to expose people to local talent in the community.
The four-hour event was held at the Marlboro School Community Center and included artists, praise dancers, singers, speakers and elected officials.
"We are very proud to present this," said Mary Ann Davis, a board member of Marlboro School Community Center. "Everything is historical and we are celebrating our heroes and historians from Marlboro County. We wanted to address some of our everyday people around here because we have a lot of talented people who don’t get exposure.”
Also, there were various exhibits and an artifact room featuring items from the past.
Davis said Marlboro School Community Center was a very historical school. It was the first black training high school in Marlboro County.
Hattie Mae Manning Jefferson was instrumental in making sure the school became a community center.
During the event, Jefferson's daughter Linda Sanders shared information about her.
Davis said all kinds of activities have been held in the building.
"We as a board are trying to keep it up," she said. "We need a new roof. This is a very old building."
Board members have different fundraising activities planned for the future.
Author: Dan McNiel