A lesson in African American history was dished out along with an exhaustive list of soul food items during the annual African American Heritage Month luncheon, hosted by the Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center.
The lunch, held at the Calhoun Area Career Center, was served by students of the hospitality and culinary food departments.
Michelle Franklin, program manager for the Federal Center’s Equal Employment Office and organizer of the event, said luncheon tickets sold out in a record two weeks to more than 200 people, evidence that the community rallies behind the Black History Month staple event.
“I really love the way the community comes together to support this event, and to have it here with this being a training mechanism for the center’s hospitality and culinary arts programs is just great,” Franklin said. “The students and the chefs, Steven Deal and Ida McCray, look forward to us coming here, and we enjoy it. This is truly a community event.”
The three keynote speakers during the luncheon all are members of the 102nd United States Colored Troop’s black history group, and they travel Michigan and the Midwest re-enacting stories from historical African American figures.