City's Black History Month program set for Saturday

Janet Goodman

Janet Goodman

COVINGTON — Focusing on the national theme of Civil Rights in America, the city of Covington’s fourth annual Black History program will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Newton County Historic Courthouse, located at 1124 Clark St.

City Councilwoman Janet Goodman, who helps organize the event, said there will be interpretive dancers, singers and speakers who will reflect the importance of Civil Rights.

“I was part of the Civil Rights movement in Covington and I’ve seen a lot of changes. It’s good to be part of a city that appreciates Black history,” Goodman said. “This program reminds people where they came from and what happened in the past so we can live comfortably now.”

In the 1950s, civil rights activists participated in nonviolent protests and civil disobedience to bring about change.

The councilwoman plans to share her experiences and area students will share their thoughts on Civil Rights and how the Civil Rights movement made an impact in the past.

A tribute to Nelson Mandela, former South Africa president who died in December, will also be given at the program on Saturday.

Goodman said some children today don’t understand the hardships black Americans experienced.

“Kids need to hear what happened a long time ago because it was a serious problem. People were mistreated for no reason. We all need to hear some of the stories from the movement to be reminded of where we came from,” Goodman said.

Goodman hopes those in attendance at the Black History Month program will leave with ambition to serve the community.

“I hope people will be more committed to bettering themselves and being a part of improving the community of Covington. And not let someone else do it instead,” Goodman said. “More citizens need to be concerned with the city and active even if it’s just attending meetings or volunteering. Give something back and not expect anything in return.”