Bonham -- It was a night of gospel music, great food and fascinating local history as Black History Month got underway February 1 at Creative Arts Center in Bonham. The event was the opening reception for Black History - then and NOW, Creative Arts Center's latest exhibit.
Event organizers Phil Blander, Rebecca Hill and Ruby Neely planned a remarkable evening that included a scholarly presentation by Dr. John Hanners of the life of mezzo-soprano Roberta Dodd Crawford, a history of Washington School by Dorothy Dale, a study of historical figures in black history by Ruby Neely, plus some of the best musicians in the region.
Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter was on hand to officially proclaim February as Black History Month.
After enjoying soul food, guests took time to admire artwork by local black artists before settling in for featured speakers and a variety of music.
Opening remarks were given by Rev. Cecil Jones and Phil Blander, musicians were in the spotlight. Little Bethel Baptist Church Choir performed first, followed by saxophonist Booker T. Neely.
Dorothy Dale presented a comprehensive history of Washington School and up next was a quartet comprised of Curtis Brown, Ronnie Hill, Milton Brown and Mickey Hill.
The crowd sat spellbound as Dr. John Hammers told the remarkable story of Roberta Dodd, whose incredible voice carried her from Tank Town in Bonham to Paris, France.
This memorable night ended with a solo by Rev. James Boldon of Windom's Fairview Baptist Church.
Be sure and stop by Creative Arts Center to enjoy this impressive exhibit by local black artists.