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Black History Festival brings community together

By Bianca Montes
Feb. 8, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated Feb. 8, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

"I just can't hold it in," Phyllis Boone, of Port Lavaca, said as she banged her tambourine in the audience while watching the Washington Street Boys perform during Saturday's Black History Festival at the Victoria Community Center. "Jesus has been too good to me," she said.

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.

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