Events planned in Fresno to celebrate black history

The Fresno BeeFebruary 7, 2014 

This weekend, New Light for New Life Church of God, 1106 W. Woodward, Fresno, is hosting its third annual black history celebration and an economic summit round-table discussion.

The “State of African American People” discussion will be held 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. For details: Dr. Floyd Harris, xyfloyd@aol.com or (559) 790-4277.

At 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the church, National Network In Action will host its Black History Month Celebration.

Author Anita Wills of Oakland will be Sunday’s main speaker. She’s written several books: “Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color,” “Pieces of the Quilt: The Mosaic of an African American Community,” and “Black Minqua: The Life and Times of Henry Green.” The books are about the history of America and Wills’ ancestors.

The event will also feature civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Floyd D. Harris Jr., founder of the National Network In Action, a civil and human rights organization, and the assistant pastor of New Light For New Life Church Of God.

Harris founded 28 international Blog Talk Radio shows that he will officially launch at the Feb. 9 event.

Fresno State was to kick off African History month Friday night with a showing of the film "Glory Road," which depicts the true story of the 1966 Texas Western College basketball team. The team broke racial barriers when it won the NCAA national title with the first all-black starting lineup.

Following the film, a discussion titled "Glory Road and the Desegregation of College Athletics: Faith, Work & Achievement" was to be led by Harry Flournoy, who is portrayed by actor Mechad Brooks in

Co-sponsors were the Martin Luther King/Grunnar Myrdal Scholars Committee and Africana Studies Program.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6386, cgeorgefresnobee.com or @CarmenGeorge on Twitter.

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