Don't be late for Wednesday's Black History Month celebration or you might miss something. That's the advice from Sgt. 1st Class Chetoria Jackson, Equal Opportunity NCO for the 165th Infantry Brigade, host of this year's festivities.

"This year's luncheon is jam packed with a lot of entertainment," Jackson said. "We have an African dance theater coming in out of Savannah. This will be the group's fourth year performing here at Fort Jackson."

Also, students from Dent Middle School will be involved in the program. The school's fine arts and media enrichment program and the chorus will sing, and its steel drums ensemble will play traditional African music.

The guest speaker will be the Rev. Willie T. Lawson, a retired Soldier. The Summerton native currently serves as the minister for a church in the Washington area.

Lawson is expected to use President Obama as an example of this year's Black History Month theme, "The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas"
"That will play a significant part of what Reverand Lawson will talk about," Jackson said.
"President Obama plays into the strides that we made from what we weren't allowed to do as Black-Americans to the contributions that are being made today including the first black commander-in-chief."

The luncheon will be held Wednesday at MG Robert B. Solomon Center from 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For those who want to eat, tickets cost $9 and can be purchased through a brigade Equal Opportunity adviser, unit EO leader, or Jackson, who can be reached at (803)751-4247.

Tickets are not needed for those who would like to come just for the entertainment.

"I hope everyone leaves there with the understanding that we are an ever-growing community, an ever-growing culture, in that nothing is finalized; nothing is set in stone," Jackson said. "There is more to everyone that meets the eye. We have the ability and potential to expand beyond anyone's imagination."