On February 8, 2019, the African American Leadership Society of United Way of Anderson County will host its 3rd Annual Black History Black Tie Dinner at Tucker’s Restaurant. The keynote speaker for this great event will be Mrs. Felicia Sanders, survivor of the Mother Emanuel AME Church Massacre in Charleston, SC. Sanders, whose son Tywanza and aunt Susie Jackson were among the nine killed during Bible study at the Calhoun Street AME church, survived the massacre and forgave the 21-year-old white supremacist who killed her loved ones at an emotional hearing just days later. Sanders also protected her granddaughter during the shooting.
At the event, the Emerging Leader Community Award will be presented to Antonio Harrison. Chaka Smith will receive the Community Trailblazer Award and The Community Legacy Award will be presented to Mrs. Hattie Green.
The African American Leadership Society provides guidance to cultivate leadership in the African American community to ensure a diverse voice in efforts that address community needs. The leadership council of AALS consists of volunteers, representative of the African American community.
The goal of the Black History Black Tie Dinner is to recognize African Americans in the community who are working and have been working for the betterment Anderson County. The event is also a fundraiser for the Weekend Snackpack program of United Way to feed hungry children on the weekends. The Dinner is the signature event of the African American Leadership Society.
Tickets are still available to purchase for the event at $65 each. To purchase tickets, visit www.unitedwayofanderson.org or call the United Way office at 226-3438.