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February 22

Black History Celebration

Friday, February 22 (5:30pm - 8:00pm)

People's Center is excited to introduce their Inaugural Black History Celebration.

This community celebration features guest speakers, spoken word, praise dancing, live painting, art & crafts and much more.

A celebration of activities include live painting by artist Tiffanny Hammons, a mime presentation, dance performances by African Tribal Dance, Step dance group, and praise dancers, along with poetry performances and other group performances.

Listen to speakers who have positively transformed their communities, including Girtha Mae Edwards, Dr. Charles Weatherby, John Gaines, and youth speaker Jade Cooper.

Join us this Friday to honor the cultures within our local community through song, dance, and spoken word.

Black History Celebration Speakers

Girtha Mae Edwards

In 1958, Edwards Temple Church was established on Girtha Mae Edwards and her husband, Bishop Robert Edwards Sr.

The first service saw an audience of eight - Girtha herself, her husband, and their six children.

This endeavor put their faith to the test. Within the first few years, the church grew to 10 members, all of which were immediate family members.

However, the couple stayed encouraged over the years knowing that an act as simple as being able to open the church doors and walk inside was in itself a blessing.

As time moved on, membership to the church grew leading to the establishment of community based programs, such as the feeding ministry.

"The Lord blessed my husband and I to provide daily meals for the hilltop community for 15 years," Girtha says. "We served thousands, and quickly became known for our hospitality. I thank God for not only meeting my needs, but those of the community as well.”

Dr. Charles Weatherby, M.D.

Dr. Charles Weatherby, M.D. is a Tacoma native. He graduated from Lincoln High School, Washington State University, and University of Washington Medical School.

Dr. Weatherby loves family practice and believes that it is a great honor to be in his patient's lives. Not only does he love being involved with their medical care; he also enjoys being invited to his patients' many activities, which have included weddings, graduations, dance recitals, school plays, birthdays, various sporting events, and funerals.

Dr. Weatherby's hope is that one day soon, he can care for all of his patients without the worry of their ability to afford access to him.

Jade Cooper

Jade is a senior at Charles Wright Academy, and is the Al Davies 2019 Youth of the Year. She has been an Al Davies Boys & Girls Club member for 11 years.

Jade was nominated for this award because of her outstanding leadership, academic excellence and dedication to her community service.

Jade hopes to become the National Youth of the Year so she can serve as an ambassador for the Boys & Girls Club youth and be a voice for all our nation's young people.

When Jade graduates this spring, she plans to attend Kennesaw State University to become an Artists & Repertoire Representative.

John Gaines

John Gaines is a motivational speaker, inspiring those at universities, nonprofit organizations, youth conferences, NBA skill camps, churches and schools.

John’s ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible and to help them realize regardless of the adversity or obstacles they may face, they can still PUSH to be the great human being they were created to be.

John attended East Central University where he graduated Outstanding Student in Business and won a football championship as captain of the football team. In addition, he graduated from Liberty University with a Master degree in Business Leadership and he is currently pursuing his Doctorate degree in Business Administration.

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1602 S. MLK Jr Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
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