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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

H.O.P.E Springs Eternal for Area Kids for Black History Month

Black History Month 2012 proved to be both educational and fun for the children of the community.

In addition to the New Vision Youth events and field trip, many children took part in events at the Renaissance Center in Kingsport. H.O.P.E (Help Our Potential Evolve) organized the events, with 53 kids signing up, but more than 200 children came out to take part.

There were workshops featuring drumming, face painting, an art class, with the most exciting event, a Michael Jackson Wii Competition.

Click here to see the winners of the Michael Jackson Wii competition.

Each child played the Michael Jackson Wii game, and the child with the highest points was the winner, in age groups from 1st - 5th grade,
6th through 8th grade, and high school players. The 1st place player in each group won $150, and 2nd place was awarded $100.

The group Art 4 Kids also did a workshop teaching about Michael Jackson and his dancing.

Click here to see a slideshow of the Black Professionals Exhibit at the Renaissance Center.

Also at the Renaissance Center, H.O.P.E. also sponsored the "Wall of Black Professionals." Featured were African-American professionals in the business, entertainment, music and arts, news and public affairs, community activism, medical, and legal fields.

The events were put on by H.O.P.E Tri-Cities, in cooperation with sponsors Eastman, Wal-mart, Food City, Carew Cuts, the city of Kingsport, and Dr Tom Rogers.