Morning Star ends Black History Month with celebration of ‘Soul’

Members of The Othesa Creative Arts Ensemble make their entrance during “Soul Fest,” an annual event held at Morning Star Missionary Baptist

Morning Star ends Black History Month with celebration of ‘Soul’
March 02
03:55 2017

Photo by Tevin Stinson



The fellowship hall of Morning Star Baptist Church resembled a museum of African History last Saturday afternoon, Feb. 25, as more than 50 people came out to celebrate the 2017 edition of “Soul Fest.”

Held annually at the church to honor Black History Month and the contributions African-Americans have made to society.

Life-size cutouts of former President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, old newspaper clippings from historic events in Winston-Salem, and other eye-catching pieces of Black History were all included in this year’s event as Effey Howell and the Thankful Heritage Traveling Museum made a stop at the celebration.

The event also included performances by The Othesa Creative Arts Ensemble and Parkland High School’s Light Gospel Troupe. A fashion show of modernized African wear wrapped up the celebration of African- American heritage. Event coordinator Telisa Ward said,” It is important that we celebrate our history, our triumphs and most importantly our legacy.”

She mentioned it is important that we carry the legacy on so future generations will know how important their history is.

“We need to understand where we come from. Our history did not begin with slavery and it didn’t end with the Civil Rights Era. That’s why I’m so patient about this celebration,” continued Ward. “Because if we don’t remember our history, nobody will.

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