Black History event stresses pride and education for youths

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Raises money for scholarships

By Ashley Andresen, Staff Writer

Staying Focused for a Brighter Future was the theme of this year’s annual Black History Month event in Chiefland.
The event took place Saturday at the Tommy Usher Center and was hosted by members of the Black History Committee, Evangelist Rutha Scott, her husband, Pastor Robert Scott, and Missionary Doris Jones.
Several community leaders spoke at the event. Chiefland native and City Commissioner Chris Jones was the night's special guest speaker.
The proceeds from the event, along with funds raised from selling ads placed in the evening's program, go toward yearly scholarships, all of which, according to the Scotts, are funded only by the community. Last year they awarded five scholarships of about $400 each.
According to Doris Jones Monday night, Saturday night's effort collected $248 in cash, though not all the donations had been tallied at that point. Still, she said, things didn't look as promising as previous years.

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