The Compton community came out to celebrate Black History Month and Compton History together.
The Concerned Citizens of Compton and the Compton 125 Historical Society along with Councilman Jonathan Bowers and Councilwoman Lillie Darden held a Celebration of Compton history on February 19th at the Dollarhide Community Center.
This day was for honoring many of the families and individuals that have made a big impact in the history of Compton. Guest speakers included Jeanette Bolden, , Judge Kelvin Filer, Robert Johnson, and many others.
Pauline M. Brown, Co-founder and COO of Compton 125 Historical Society wrote:
This year*s Black History event was just as grand and filled with excitement as the residents entered the room. At each table there was Compton*s history makers on display either the actual person or represented by a living family member.
Highlights of the evening:
Greetings and welcome came from the Presidents of The Concerned Citizens of Compton, Earl Richard*s and The Compton 125 Historical Society( C125HS) The Rev. Charles L. Brown.
The event was conducted by Master and Mistress of
Ceremony Tony Hicks, VP of the Compton 125 Historical Society and Irene Taylor, Treasurer of the Concerned Citizens of Compton.
Presentation by, on behalf of, Ms. LaFlorance Marie Hollis, Past President of Concerned Citizens of Compton who shared with us by phone. She charged us to keep on
fighting for the cause of the residents of Compton. Ms
Hollis was thankful that we the citizens remembered her. It was very moving to hear her speak. Another presentation was made on behalf of Emily Hart Holifield another great history maker from the city of Compton CA.
There were other presentations made by the Filer family. The Honorable Judge Kelvin D. Filer(Son), The LeVias Family- Edna Thompson(daughter),
Author, Historian and Board Member of the Compton 125 Historical Society Robert Lee Johnson, Jeanette Bolden 1984 Gold Medalist
Olympian, Centennial High School Alumni, and Jeanette Bolden 1984 Gold Medalist
Olympian, Centennial High School Alumni, and Professor Amen Rahh was the Keynote Speaker.
The Negro National Anthem was sang by all and special song by First Lady Alice Prince, poem by Janet Harold, Jamila aka Lady J (Compton High School Alumni) and Minister Pauline M. Brown, Co-founder and COO of the Compton 125 Historical Society. All in all it was a very
educational and eye opening event.