This February, the country will recognize Black History Month, four weeks to honor and celebrate the long history and contributions of black Americans. OneMacomb, an organization dedicated to promoting multiculturalism and inclusion here in Macomb County, recently announced that it will recognize this period with a first-annual Celebration of Black Excellence, presented by Consumers Energy. The event will be held on Saturday, February 23 at the Macomb County Family Resource Center (196 N Rose St, Mt Clemens) and will feature a vendor and resource expo during the day and a ticketed awards gala in the evening.
“Hosting this first-ever event will not only pay tribute to the contributions of lifelong residents in Macomb County’s black communities, it will also connect newer residents and youth to the rich history many of us recall with pride,” said Rhonda Powell, director of Macomb County Health and Community Services and executive committee member of OneMacomb. “It is especially important to do this during the national celebration of Black History Month, a time when the country pays tribute to the generations of African Americans who have faced tremendous obstacles yet continue to overcome adversity and achieve great things.”
The Celebration of Black Excellence will begin on the morning of February 23 with the vendor and resource expo starting at 10 a.m. and running until 2 p.m. A variety of small businesses and organizations will have a presence during this portion of the event, which is free and open to the public. Those on site will sell items ranging from food to clothing. Others will provide services like health screenings and financial assistance. All told, more than 20 vendors are expected, including several young entrepreneurs (17-years-old and under) within the children’s business section. Those interested in participating and setting up a booth can find more information on costs and set up in the vendor information packet here. They may also contact Veronica at 586-823-2135 or Antoinette at 586-722-8645 with questions.
The celebration will continue in the evening with an awards gala at 6 p.m. During the gala, five yet-to-be-announced individuals will receive honors for community involvement, athletics, business, education and the arts. Dinner and live entertainment will follow the awards ceremony. Tickets for this portion of the event are on sale now. They cost $35 per person and can be purchased here.
Sponsorships for the Celebration of Black Excellence are also available. Businesses and individuals interested can contact Pam Lavers at 586-493-4877 or at email@example.com with the subject line “Black Excellence Sponsor.”
“Our OneMacomb sub-committee has done an awesome job planning this event and we are proud of the level of support and interest we’ve received from the business community, but there’s still time to get involved,” said Macomb County Deputy Executive and Chair of OneMacomb Pam Lavers.
Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.