Festival Celebrates Black History, Culture
Byline: Harry Hitzeman firstname.lastname@example.org
Kiesha Williams commutes from Chicago to Elgin for her job as an Elgin Area School District U-46 social worker.
Saturday, she drove to the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin to soak up the scene and sense of pride during the fourth annual Black History Family Festival.
"I encouraged students to do it, so I have to set an example," said Williams, who also sponsors the Ebonier Club at Elgin High School, which celebrates black culture.
That culture and history was on full display at the library.
Last yearAEs event drew more than 4,000 people. This yearAEs showcase featured food samples, singers and dancers, genealogy exercises, and a panel of black leaders and achievers.
The Rev. Janie McCutchen of the Second Baptist Church and U-46 social worker said it was her first time at the festival.
One to-do item was to watch some younger church members dramatize historical black figures.
"IAEm very excited to see all the people attending the festival, (itAEs) a multicultural turnout. …