A luncheon to kick off Black History Month is planned by the Black History Month Observance Committee of the Washington Chapter of The Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History.
The luncheon is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Capitol Hilton Hotel. Tickets, at $15 per person, may be reserved by calling William D. Cunningham at 337-5132 or 583-3378, or Bethel M. Dukes at 581-3943.
The theme of this year's observance in the District is Black History: Role Model for Youth.
Shallie M. Bey Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, is to be keynote speaker for the luncheon. "As the man in charge of coining all the money in the country, Mr. Bey represents one outstanding example of achievement for our youth," said Everett W. Taylor, program chairman.
First-day issues of a 15-cent commemorative stamp honoring the late civil rights leader Whitney Moore Young will be presented at the luncheon, according to Ernestine Lyon, committee chairman. Young was executive director of the National Urban League before his death in 1971. He is the fourth black American honored in the U.S. Postal Service's black heritage series of stamps. The others are Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Benjamin Banneker.
The luncheon will also feature a performance by the D.C. Youth Chorale, and prizes will be awarded to winners of the Velma B. Johnson oratorical-essay contest for D.C. Public School students.
Other Black History Month events in the District are listed in This Week, The District Weekly's calendar of community events.