Funds for Black History Month to Be Considered

The City Council on Monday will consider a proposal to co-sponsor February's Black History Month events, which include a parade down Main Street, a play and an art show.

Yolanda King, daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., will be the grand marshal of the parade, scheduled for Feb. 1 on Main Street between 15th and 3rd streets. The parade will feature floats, marching bands and local and state representatives. It will be followed by a program at the Centerpointe site, southeast of Ross Street and Santa Ana Boulevard, with a speech by King, food booths and musical entertainment.

An art show entitled "Dream Come True" will feature works by black artists. The show runs from Jan. 26 to Feb. 3 in the Lawrence Building, 406 West 4th St.

In addition, the play "Enter Frederick Douglass" will be presented Feb. 3 in the auditorium of Valley High School, 1801 S. Greenville St.

The city, which is home to the largest black population in the county, will consider a proposal to co-sponsor the Black History events with the Orange County Black Historical Commission and contribute $42,395. Revenues of about $10,725 are expected from program sales, booth rentals, float entries and sponsorships.

Blacks make up about 1.4% of Orange County's population, according to county statistics.

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