Mother Love members host celebration of heritage and community

People from across Blount County gathered at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center on Feb. 27 to celebrate the African-American culture, enjoy good food, see art from Alcoa Elementary students and take in the latest trends during a fashion show.

It was the Mother Love Baptist Annual Community African-American Festival.

“We had so many things going on with two days of events in conjunction with Black History Month,” co-organizer Lana Boyd said. “The event appeals to the entire community. It is not just for Mother Love Baptist but for the total Blount County community.”

Boyd said Saturday was the Community Fest at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Center. “We had vendors, plus the Alcoa High School Step Team came and did a magnificent job. I had artwork from Alcoa Elementary School on display, and people really looked forward to seeing the children’s work,” she said. “There was a fashion show and the Soul Food Sale.”

Boyd said everyone in the church participated and helped to make this event a success. Senior Pastor/Teacher Lorrin Harris was there to lend a hand as well.

“This is our 15th year. It started at Mother Love. When the M.L.King, Jr., Center was built, we brought the celebration here to be closer to the Hall Community,” said Boyd. “A lot of hard work goes into getting participants and vendors.”

The second day of the event was on Sunday with the Gospel Fest held at Mother Love Baptist Church in Louisville. “We had local groups singing, and it was wonderful,” she said of the Sunday event. “We had a hallelujah good time with local church groups and soloists participating.”

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