Black History Festival brings community together

Lawrence Lester Prince Senior is part of The Washington Street Boys from Edna, Texas. The Washington Street Boys performed at the Black History Month Festival on Saturday.

Renie Callis said speaking isn't the only way to make a strong vocal impact. Instead, the 27-year-old dancer from Edna prefers to express herself through spiritual movements.

She and her dance team, Rising Stars from Faith Temple Church of God in Christ, performed Saturday at the annual Black History Month Festival. This was the group's first time at the celebration.

"I'm not a person who likes to talk a lot, so I show emotion through dance," Callis said. "I suffered through depression and loneliness, and I want people to know that no matter what you are going through that God is on your side."

About 200 people showed up to the event, which featured food, arts and crafts and community involvement. The event also included an award ceremony honoring elementary school children who won the black history poster competition and several talent acts, including dancers and musicians. Civil rights activist Marques Roberts also spoke at the event.