At this year's program, Bishop G.R. Hill, pastor of The Church of God Sanctified, will deliver the keynote message, with Barbara Ector serving as the mistress of ceremony.
This event is a branch fundraiser that supports the NAACP local programs and advocacy activities. Additionally, the event is an opportunity to promote the organization, its mission and to recognize branch and community accomplishments.
Born in Knoxville, Hill moved to Cleveland in 1969. He attended Duke University in Durham, N.C., graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and then acquired his master of arts degree in educational leadership from Trevecca-Nazarene University in Nashville.
He had a 33-year career in education with Cleveland City Schools. He spent 18 years teaching in the classroom, three years as assistant principal of Cleveland High School and 12 years as principal of Blythe-Bower Elementary School.
He currently serves as one of the supervisors of student teachers for Lee University.
Since 1981, Hill has served as pastor of The Church of God Sanctified in Cleveland. He along with his wife, Dera Ann, have been faithful servants in the Lord's vineyard.
Ector is not only the co-founding pastor of Unity Christian Ministries along with her husband Aubrey, but is also the principal of Teen Learning Center in Cleveland. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She has received numerous teaching awards and said she thoroughly enjoys her profession.
General admission to the Black History celebration is $30 (advance tickets only) and will include a soul food dinner and other program highlights.
Seating is limited and guests are advised to secure tickets early; reserved seating is available for groups of six.
For tickets or additional information, contact Demetrius Ramsey at 544-3387 or Hiawatha Brown at 284-5036.