“We’re encouraging everybody to come and create some more history with us,” said Jeriene Grimes, the organization’s first vice president.
The 11th annual Profiles in Black will start with a meet and greet at 6 p.m., allowing Cobb residents to visit with new county Public Safety Director Jack Forsythe and Public Services Director Jackie McMorris.
“He brings to the table a background of working with the NAACP,” Cobb NAACP President Deane Bonner said of Forsythe, who previously worked in security at several federal agencies.
The program begins at 6:30 p.m. Bonner said a new wrinkle will be a storytelling performance of the history of Black History Month from Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia. The affiliate of the National Association of Black Storytellers will tell of Carter G. Woodson, considered the “father of black history.”
The event also will feature dancers and singers, many of them young people. Bonner said the NAACP also will present a surprise award to an outstanding citizen in Marietta.
“This person does a lot that is not known through the newspaper, but everybody in our community knows what they do,” she said.
“Whether it’s helping somebody with food at Thanksgiving or helping with a voter registration drive.”
Bonner said an NAACP member suggested the person for the citizenship award. But it may be an award they save for special recipients, rather than handing it out every year.
While the Cobb NAACP will celebrate Black History Month, Bonner said it is just one of a number of programs the organization hosts.
“Our position would be to promote what African-Americans and leading citizens do throughout the year,” she said.
Grimes said the event is a good opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the black community.
“It’s a great opportunity to go back in history, so future generations can know from where we came,” she said.