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The Junction City School District’s third annual Black History Month Program will be held today at the school. El Dorado Mayor Veronica Smith-Creer will attend the event as a speaker.

Along with the mayor, high school teacher Videssa Owens said students from the elementary and high school will be performing. This year, Owens said, the theme of the program is Celebrating First. Owens said that part of the program will be celebrating some of the first graduates and first African American graduates of the Junction City School District.

Smith-Creer will be the primary speaker at the program. She was elected as mayor of El Dorado last November and is now serving as the first female and the first African American mayor of El Dorado.

“I’ll be speaking on the steps to being the first and the importance of blazing a trail,” Smith-Creer said.

The event will start at 4 p.m. at the school and is open to the public. Owens said it should be finished by about 5 p.m. since the district is aware that people may want to attend an evening church service.

She said the program is a way to celebrate the progress that has been made over the years.

“Junction City School District is proud of its diversity and this program is an opportunity to celebrate the history and accomplishments of African Americans,” Owens said “We believe it is of the utmost importance for students and the community to come together in awareness and celebration.”

Michael Shine may be reached at 870-862-6611 or mshine@eldoradonews.com. Follow him on Twitter and like him on Facebook @MichaelAZShine for updates on Union County school news.

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