Blountstown celebrates Black History Month

CALHOUN COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - February is Black History month, so Blountstown residents started their Saturday morning with a parade and festival to celebrate it.

Different organizations came together to make these events happen.

Geraldine B. Sheard, the founder of the Black History Month festivities, said "We decided to found it because, number one, we wanted to teach our children about their heritage, teach them where they came from, and give them some ideas on where they need to try to go to make the world a better place."

The festival is a way to bring the community together, worship God, and celebrate their heritage. Much of this is done through song and worship.

Sheard said, "I think it definitely brings the community together. What I'm seeing, what I'm looking at, and the fact that you're here, I think that."

Those from Calhoun County said they want other counties to be involved as well.

Curtis Battle, Parade Chairman, said "It's celebrating black history and plus it gives the community, gets the community together, and we're trying to get everyone, surrounding counties, to come out and have a good time with us, that's all we're about, good times and letting people know that we are 850 strong."

Sheard said the money raised from these gatherings is put towards scholarships for five graduating seniors.

"We're going to try and expand and go as high as we can with them getting knowledgeable about their culture and where we came from and raising funds for the scholarship," said Sheard.

The festivities gave attendees a chance to honor their heritage, while celebrating their love for their community.