Black, Black-biracial student celebration set for May 23

A first-ever celebration of local Black, and Black-biracial public, private and home-schooled students’ accomplishments will be held at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Columbus Learning Center, 4555 Central Ave. in Columbus.

Organizers are asking parents or guardians of students younger than age 18 — including those in all grade levels — to submit materials of academic and other accomplishments by a May 7 deadline to Felcia Garr at [email protected] or bring or mail to Garr at The Columbus Learning Center, Suite No. 1310, 4555 Central Ave., Columbus IN 47201. Students 18 or older may submit their own materials, according to Garr.

Besides academics, organizers also will recognize attendance, sports, extracurricular activities, scholarships, community service, and more.

She mentioned that she hoped that 100 families would participate in the event, and also hopes that there will be sufficient interest to warrant making the festivities an annual event.

She estimated that there are about 6 percent of Black or Black-biracial families in Bartholomew County, though U.S. Census Bureau figures do not delineate such racial detail.

Groups and organizations supporting the event are: the Community Education Coalition, Paths to Success, the Bartholomew County Area Branch of the NAACP, and the Columbus Enrichment Program.

Information: Garr at [email protected].