The City is planning its 19th annual Black History Month Luncheon and Gospel Fest
for February 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This traditionally sold-out event will start with a welcoming speech by Mayor Pro Tem Cecilia Taylor
, followed by a poetry reading from local poetess Kalamu Chache and a dance performance by Menlo Park Senior Center's very own Soul Line Dance Troupe.
Gospel singers from local churches, and as far away as Oakland, will take the program to its final stage with heart-warming songs. Our celebrity piano accompanist will be Nate Branch, a former Harlem Globetrotter from Oakland, who donates his time to this festive event each year.
The celebration is one of the city’s longest running programs and held annually at the Menlo Park Senior Center
. Authentic Soul food prepared by staff and volunteers, coupled with sweet potato pie, make the food component of this event not to be missed! Festive patron attires, a feast for the eyes, are also a wonderful addition to the event every year. For more information, please contact Avideh Yaghmai-Samardar