A 2014 Black History Month Celebration has been organized for Feb. 22 and hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 905 Kierre Drive in North Little Rock.

Black History Month is observed every February in the United States, and celebrating it has been an educational theme since 1976 in the United States. It is a time to commemorate the achievements and contributions of African Americans. It is also called African-American History Month.

This year’s event will focus on family, lineage and legacy with speakers and guests who are leaders in their fields. Some of the speakers: Gladys Knight, an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, actress, businesswoman, humanitarian and author. She will be speaking from a special satellite video feed from her home in Las Vegas; Darius Gray, a nationally known speaker, author, and host of the TV program, Questions and Answers; Rhonda Stewart, Associate of the Central Arkansas Library system’s Black History Commission; Sericia Battle Cole, Director Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and a very special musical performance from The Gloryland Pastor’s Choir, lead by Pastor Cedric Hayes. This award winning choir is sure to delight all who attend.

Multiple community groups have joined in this celebration and are sponsoring presentation areas where individuals may receive further information on their efforts in the community as well as hand out materials.

The presentation areas are open at 9 a.m. The speakers’ forum will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 11:45 a.m. and the presentation area will continue to be available until 2 p.m. There is no charge for this celebration and it is open to all ages.

The event is sponsored by the North Little Rock, Little Rock and the Searcy Stakes of the church. The combined three stakes have approximately 26 wards or branches throughout most of Arkansas.

George Wing of North Little Rock is the Public Affairs specialist for the North Little Rock Stake and was asked to organize the celebration.

"We are grateful for an increased awareness of the positive influence that people of all nationalities, races, religious faiths, and ideologies contribute to our community," Wing said. "We are especially interested in acknowledging, celebrating and honoring the significant contributions of persons of black African descent in enriching the cultural fiber of America. We are anxious to link arms together with a many as will join with us for our common good. Today we choose to honor Dr. King’s legacy by sitting down together at the table of brotherhood, and celebrating our joint desire that all God’s children enjoy freedom and equal opportunity."