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(Fresno, Calif.) – The African American Historical and Cultural Museum (AAHCM) hosts its annual Black History Month Celebration Banquet to honor the unsung voices of African-Americans in the Valley. The celebration will begin at 5:30PM with a no-host reception followed by dinner and dancing at 6:30PM at the Tornino's Banquets, Inc. on Saturday, Feb. 6th.

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  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    January 13, 2016

    The African-American Museum Valley Trailblazers to kick off Black History Month

    Community icons are honored for their unfaltering dedication to making a difference in the lives of many

    (Fresno, Calif.) The African American Historical and

    Cultural Museum (AAHCM) hosts its annual Black History

    Month Celebration Banquet to honor the unsung voices of

    African-Americans in the Valley. The celebration will begin

    at 5:30PM with a no-host reception followed by dinner and

    dancing at 6:30PM at the Tornino's Banquets, Inc. on

    Saturday, Feb. 6th.

    The Black History Month Banquet commemorates

    local and national black history and celebrates black culture

    and contributions from throughout the Valley. AAHCM always begins the celebration by honoring black

    icons from the Valley who have strived to make a difference in their communities while surpassing

    roadblocks, challenges or other personal hurdles that usually interfere with ones greater achievements.

    In honoring their legacy, the term Trailblazer designates the accomplishments of a community

    leader who has helped any members of the community through service and/or leadership against all

    odds.

    This years 2016 Trailblazers are Lawrence Brookter, Flora Johnson, Marshall Kelley, Edna

    Overall, Jimi Rodgers, Will Scott and posthumously Les Kimber, Elvey Perkins, Bishop Henry

    Johnson & Marvin Howard.

    Trailblazer awards will be followed by two distinguished

    accolades; the Passing the Torch Award and the Shining Star Award. This

    years recipient of the Passing the Torch Award is Tulare, CA councilman,

    Vice-Mayor, and soon-to-be Tulare mayor Carlton Jones; the award was

    established to honor younger Trailblazers who lead their community and

    are on the path to becoming legendary trailblazers.

  • This years 2016 Shining Star Award, given to Central

    Valley-grown recipients recognized for their upstanding

    talents in entertainment and the performing arts, honors

    multi-talented Jamie Foxx protg, Marques Anthony.

    Two more awards to be presented at the Trailblazer awards presentation includes honoring past African-

    American Museum executives directors, board members or community friends who have gone above

    and beyond the call of duty to help keep the vision and mission of the AAHCM alive; this years

    honorees include former AAHCM executive director Rubi Hardamon and community friend Paul

    Dictos.

    EVENT: Black History Month Celebration Banquet

    DATE: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

    TIME: 5:30PM (No-host reception)/6:30PM (Dinner Program & Dancing)

    LOCATION: Tornino's Banquets, Inc. located at 5080 N Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA 93710

    Tickets are $100 each and tables seat up to 10 people. There will also be a silent auction

    featuring a variety of items, including African-American paintings, handcrafted pottery and an array of

    gift baskets.

    For media inquires, tickets or sponsorship packages call: 559-544-1857 -or- visit:

    http://www.aahcmsjv.org/

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