By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Recording artist, author, “American Idol” finalist and Williamson County resident Melinda Doolittle is serving as honorary chairperson for the African American Heritage Society’s 12th Annual Black Tie Affair Friday, Feb 1.
The theme of the event, at the Embassy Suites in Cool Springs, is History of African-American Churches in Williamson County. The Black Tie Affair begins which begins at 6 p.m. with a cash bar social hour and the program beginning at 7 p.m.
“The African American Society is honored that Melissa wants to give back to the local community,” said organizer Tom Murdic.
The Black Tie Affair is the African American Heritage Society’s major fundraiser. It provides funds to support the McLemore House Museum, home of former slave Harry McLemore, who built the house as a freeman. The McLemore House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Funds also support the African American Society’s mission, “to chronicle the lives and contributions African Americans have made in the Williamson County community.”
Annual awards in six different categories will be presented, including education, business, civic, communication, religion and organization. Sponsors will also be recognized for their contributions to the event.
Each year a Pioneer Family is recognized and presented to the gathering of guests. To be designated a Pioneer Family, they must have documented roots in Williamson County dating back to 1850s or beyond. The Perkins Jordan family was selected for this year. Some of his descendents still live on the Williamson County property that Jordan, a former slave, purchased as a free man.
Dancing to the music of Julius Fisher and the Genius Band will follow the program and continue until 11 p.m.
Posted on: 1/31/2013