BLENHEIM — A Black History Celebration held on Feb. 9 not only honored the past but inspired the future.
Hosted by the Black History Community Partners, the event at the Wade H. Prince Recreation Center featured music, dance, vendors and Black History moments.
Deborah Hardison, a member of the BHCP said, they were there to share history and culture.
"We are trying to rotate through the county to hear stories of people from this area that have contributed to our history," she said.
Dr. Carolyn Prince shared the legacy of her father, Wade H. Prince. She admitted that while he wasn't with her physically, he has never left her.
"The values, the morals, and the old sayings stuck," she said. "I didn't realize it then but I find myself sounding like him or remembering things he taught me."
She reminded people not to confuse legacy with riches.
"Legacy is what you stand for, what you did, what people remember," Prince said.
He was principal from 1953-1978 for Wright Elementary and High School, Blenheim High School and Blenheim Elementary.
She remembered how growing up that she didn't see her father until the weekends and during the summer.
"He would leave before I got up and I would be in bed before he came in," Prince said. "Blenheim, Wright was his family. I didn't mind sharing him with everybody."
She reminded people that they needed to hold children accountable in all areas. This means seeing parents at the school board, city and county council meetings.
"Our children have to be technology savvy more than just Instagram and Snapchat," Prince said. "But to take themselves further, they need to be on top of all the latest technology that is out there."
Also on the program agenda was Dolly Warney, District 54 Rep. Patricia Henegan, Catherine Gregg, Marlboro County Board of Education member Nan Fleming, Dr. Gwendolyn L. Dixon-Coe, Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon, Bennettsville Fire Chief James Jackson III, and Bennettsville Councilman Tyron Abraham.
Entertainment was provided by the School of Discovery Choir and Dancers, By His Grace Praise Dancers, Cedar Falls Missionary Baptist Church Junior Choir and Community of Grace Junior Choir.
Youth volunteers – Christopher Cook, Angelicia Purvis, Salim Yunusah, Sara Hall and Najib Yunusah – provided Black History Moments.
Various people displayed art, dolls, black history, and veteran memorabilia.
In an interview with the Herald-Advocate, Hardison said 157 people attended.
"The goal was to recognize our stories, our contributions, our plights and highlight our gifts," she said.
Hardison said the event would be held next year with a date and location to be determined. BHCP members are Hardison, Dennis Hardison, Tyron Abraham, and Shawn Harrington.