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

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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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<ul><li><p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE </p><p>January 13, 2016 </p><p>The African-American Museum Valley Trailblazers to kick off Black History Month </p><p>Community icons are honored for their unfaltering dedication to making a difference in the lives of many </p><p>(Fresno, Calif.) The African American Historical and </p><p>Cultural Museum (AAHCM) hosts its annual Black History </p><p>Month Celebration Banquet to honor the unsung voices of </p><p>African-Americans in the Valley. The celebration will begin </p><p>at 5:30PM with a no-host reception followed by dinner and </p><p>dancing at 6:30PM at the Tornino's Banquets, Inc. on </p><p>Saturday, Feb. 6th. </p><p>The Black History Month Banquet commemorates </p><p>local and national black history and celebrates black culture </p><p>and contributions from throughout the Valley. AAHCM always begins the celebration by honoring black </p><p>icons from the Valley who have strived to make a difference in their communities while surpassing </p><p>roadblocks, challenges or other personal hurdles that usually interfere with ones greater achievements. </p><p>In honoring their legacy, the term Trailblazer designates the accomplishments of a community </p><p>leader who has helped any members of the community through service and/or leadership against all </p><p>odds. </p><p> This years 2016 Trailblazers are Lawrence Brookter, Flora Johnson, Marshall Kelley, Edna </p><p>Overall, Jimi Rodgers, Will Scott and posthumously Les Kimber, Elvey Perkins, Bishop Henry </p><p>Johnson &amp; Marvin Howard. </p><p>Trailblazer awards will be followed by two distinguished </p><p>accolades; the Passing the Torch Award and the Shining Star Award. This </p><p>years recipient of the Passing the Torch Award is Tulare, CA councilman, </p><p>Vice-Mayor, and soon-to-be Tulare mayor Carlton Jones; the award was </p><p>established to honor younger Trailblazers who lead their community and </p><p>are on the path to becoming legendary trailblazers. </p></li><li><p>This years 2016 Shining Star Award, given to Central </p><p>Valley-grown recipients recognized for their upstanding </p><p>talents in entertainment and the performing arts, honors </p><p>multi-talented Jamie Foxx protg, Marques Anthony. </p><p>Two more awards to be presented at the Trailblazer awards presentation includes honoring past African-</p><p>American Museum executives directors, board members or community friends who have gone above </p><p>and beyond the call of duty to help keep the vision and mission of the AAHCM alive; this years </p><p>honorees include former AAHCM executive director Rubi Hardamon and community friend Paul </p><p>Dictos. </p><p>EVENT: Black History Month Celebration Banquet </p><p>DATE: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 </p><p>TIME: 5:30PM (No-host reception)/6:30PM (Dinner Program &amp; Dancing) </p><p>LOCATION: Tornino's Banquets, Inc. located at 5080 N Blackstone Ave., Fresno, CA 93710 </p><p>Tickets are $100 each and tables seat up to 10 people. There will also be a silent auction </p><p>featuring a variety of items, including African-American paintings, handcrafted pottery and an array of </p><p>gift baskets. </p><p>For media inquires, tickets or sponsorship packages call: 559-544-1857 -or- visit: </p><p>http://www.aahcmsjv.org/ </p><p>### </p></li></ul>