Unity Lunch to celebrate black history

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The Rocky Mount Senior Center and Human Relations Department will celebrate Black History Month by sponsoring the annual Unity Lunch at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Rocky Mount Senior Center.

African-American artifacts will be on display at the lunch, and entertainment will be provided by the Electric Image Band and bongo player Jack Zackery.

One of the more exciting aspects of the Unity Lunch will be the center’s display of African-American inventors, said Sylvia Sharpe, program assistant for the Senior Center.

“As soon as attendees walk into the Rocky Mount Senior Center, they will see a display of African-American inventors, including what they invented and when they invented it,” she said. “A picture of the inventor will also be displayed.”

Sharpe said some of inventions from African-Americans include the air conditioning unit, almanac, peanut butter, rolling pin, folding bed, fire escape ladder and typewriter.

“I’m very excited, and I’m looking forward to having a great time,” Sharpe said. “This lunch is about bringing everyone together to celebrate one thing, Black History Month.”

People who wish to attend the Unity Lunch are asked to bring a covered dish to share. Participants must register by Tuesday by calling 252- 972-1561. Anyone interested in sharing African-American artifacts for display should call Sharpe at 252-972-1566.