“I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.”
— Frederick Douglass

Perhaps you’ve noticed the animation of Frederick Douglass on Google’s homepage

February is Black History Month and the Plano Rotary Club invites the community to recognize, remember and celebrate African-American ancestors and their achievements in U.S. history on Thursday, February 18 at Gleneagles Country Club. The event’s theme is “Hallowed Songs of African American Memories” and the program will begin at 12 p.m.

Myrtle Hightower, a member of the Plano Rotary Club and respected former Plano ISD teacher and counselor, said, “This will be an exiting afternoon featuring Doc Gibbs who will help us celebrate the songs of African American memories.”

Black History Month was first proposed by the Black United Students at Kent State University in February 1969 but was not officially recognized by the U.S. government until 1976 as part of the bicentennial. The precursor to Black History Month was “Negro History Week,” which coincided with President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12 and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ birthday on February 14.

Tickets to the event are $20. Call Myrtle Hightower at 972.612.2050 or The Plano Rotary Club for more information.

Brit Mott

Brit is a Leadership Plano Class 25 graduate and Leadership Frisco Class 10 graduate. She received her Master’s in Journalism from the University of North Texas and her Bachelor’s in Mass Communication...