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Daly City Set to Celebrate 21st Annual Black History Month, Saturday, February 2

The City of Daly City will host its 21st Annual Black History Month celebration on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Pacelli Event Center, 145 Lake Merced Blvd. Stanford University historian Clayborne Carson is the featured speaker at this year’s event. He is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at 12 noon. Carson is the Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. He was selected in 1985 by the late Mrs. Coretta Scott King to edit and publish the papers of her late husband. Carson has devoted most of his professional life to studying Martin Luther King, Jr., and the movements King inspired. Under his direction, the King Papers Project has produced six volumes of a definitive, comprehensive edition of King's speeches, sermons, correspondence, publications, and unpublished writings. This project is now a component of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute that Carson founded at Stanford University in 2005.

The theme of the Black History Month celebration is At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. African-American history highlights, live drumming and soul food are expected to be the top attractions at the community celebration. An array of ethnic vendor booths, dance, music and cultural entertainment, together with a youth-themed essay display, promises to keep guests engaged.

Originally established as Black History Week in 1926 by Dr. Carter Godwin Woodson, the celebration of African-American history expanded to the entire month of February in 1976 as part of the nation’s bicentennial. Every U.S. president since has signed a proclamation designating February as National African-American History Month to honor the heritage and accomplishments of African Americans.

Daly City’s Black History Month Celebration is free and open to the public. Ample parking is available at Westlake Park, adjacent to the Pacelli Event Center.