Toms River hosts annual Black History Month celebration

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The Toms River NAACP and Friends of the Toms River Library sponsored Black History Month celebration Saturday Feb. 16 in Mancini Hall.

More than 70 people enjoyed a delicious soul food buffet prepared and served by the NAACP members.

South Toms River Mayor Joseph M. Champagne Jr. delivered a biography of the martyred Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers, and told how Evers faced the threats against him and his family. He presented the humanity of Evers, the fears he felt, and his commitment to his beliefs in the freedoms of people.

The library friends sponsored the performance by Norman Taylor, an acoustic Blues guitarist who was New Jersey’s representative to the 2011 and 2012 International Blues Challenge. Taylor not only played music that spanned the history of the Blues, he spoke about the unassuming giants who nurtured the nascent form and their effects upon today’s music.

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