ALTON — Generation of Legacy, a nonprofit corporation, will host its inaugural Black History Month special opening ceremony at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Alton Square Mall.
Ciarra Taylor, political director of Florida-based organization Dream Defenders, will be the keynote speaker. Taylor was featured in an article “The New Civil Rights Leaders” in the November 2014 issue of Essence magazine.
This year’s theme, “Black History is American History,” will feature many exhibits — Miles Davis, Alton Pioneers, Military Servicemen, the Johnson farm and many more exhibits that will capture guests’ attention.
A special activity geared to young children will be readings and storytelling by three Alton residents. The activity times are 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. There will be free giveaways to the first 50 children. Seating is limited; reservations are available at (618) 604-2141. Admission is free.
The registration fee for the Feb. 7 ceremony is $25 per person. The registration deadline is Saturday, Jan. 24. Seating is limited. Mail checks or money order to: Generation of Legacy, 1624 Main St., P.O. Box 1292, Alton, IL 62002.
The doors to the Black History Month Exhibit will open to the general public at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8. The exhibit will run from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. daily through Feb. 21. The exhibit is on the second floor at Alton Square Mall. Admission is free.