ATWATER — A spirited celebration filled with electric gospel music and praise dancing highlighted Sunday's fourth annual Black History program at Liberty Fellowship Church.
The event was presented in recognition of Black History Month. It included a performance by the Central Valley Community Choir under the leadership of pastor Gwen Amey of Merced's New Faith Tabernacle Church.
Samuel Huddleston, assistant superintendent of the Northern California Assembly of God, was the keynote speaker for the event.
An ethnically diverse capacity crowd attended the event at the 1900 Shaffer Road church.
Black History Month dates to 1926, when historian Carter G. Woodson started Negro History Week to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln in February.
In 1976, Woodson's weeklong event was expanded and became Black History Month, according to The Associated Press.
Woodson's goal was to raise awareness about the historical contributions of blacks to the nation and the world.