Fayetteville Black History Month festivities to kick off this week

A month of events celebrating the city’s third annual Black History Month kicks off this week in Fayetteville.

City officials announced the month-long celebration at a news conference on Tuesday.

The event is organized as part of the Month of Compassion, an effort led by Compassion Fayetteville through the Fayetteville Forward Economic Accountability Council’s (FFEAC) Inclusion Group.

Black History Month events this week include a “Allies for Equality” workshop set for Saturday, Feb. 4 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Fayetteville Public Library. A similar event is also scheduled at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Organizers are also seeking individuals to sign up as “Allies for Equality” throughout the event to “oppose racial hatred and discrimination by advocating for political, educational, social, and economic justice in our community.”

In addition, several art and community events, workshops, and gatherings are planned to commemorate the occasion throughout the month.

A full list of events associated with the celebration is available at compassionfayetteville.wordpress.com.