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Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson to Celebrate Black History Month by Serving as the Keynote Speaker for the Club Yesepoch Annual Banquet

PRESS RELEASE                                                                           Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – It’s a month that allows the country to stop and reflect on those who have contributed to this country’s history. Black History Month is upon us, and Birmingham City Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson is kicking off the month by serving as the keynote speaker for the Club Yesepoch Annual Banquet in Enterprise, Alabama. The banquet will take place at 6 p.m. today at the Enterprise Civic Center located at 2401 Neil Metcalf Road Enterprise, AL 36330. This year’s theme for the banquet will be, “Hollowed Grounds: Sites of African Memories,” and Councilor Roberson says he is eager to speak on a topic that will really give guests insight on the rich legacy that African-Americans have created in Alabama.

“For years there have been so many people who have and still are making a difference in our state on a variety of platforms,” Councilor Roberson said. “Using their time and talents they have paved the way for so many and their memories will continue to live on in the future leaders of this great state. I am honored to be able to speak on a topic with such rich history, and it is my hope that tonight’s event will spark dialogue on the next steps that must be taken in order for us to collectively strengthen our communities.”

For 40 years, each February the United States has paused to observe Black History Month. What first began in 1926 as Negro History Week thanks to noted scholar Carter G. Woodson, has evolved into a monthlong celebration of black progress and power. The annual banquet that is held by Club Yesepoch, Inc. is just one of many events that the organization holds to highlight that progress. Through partnerships with city leaders, the organization uses the banquet to also look at ways that they can provide enhanced support and assistance to the community.

For more information please contact the Office of Council President Pro Tem Jay Roberson at 205.254.2418.

For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Director Brittany Sharp at 205.721.5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.