By Alecia Solorzano

CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Songs and praise flooded the halls of The Friendship Baptist Church in Corning on Saturday, February 10th to celebrate Black History Month. Organizers and guests were up on their feet and enjoying what local artists had to offer while also learning about different aspects of Black History. 

"Well many people are not aware of these things because history didn't--much of the history we're talking about today was not included in the classrooms and not shared in the history books or talked about that much," Georgia Verdier, the President of the Elmira/Corning NAACP said.

In order for the event to come to fruition, the Friendship Baptist Church, Resurrection Tabernacle, and the Elmira/Corning NAACP collaborated to put together this event for the community to attend, free of charge.

"It's an important message because we are still learning our history," Dr. Jimmie L. Williams, the First Vice President of the Elmira/Corning NAACP said, "We've been left out so many times and that it's up to us to tell our story and this is one of the venues where we can do it."

Organizers of the event say that utilizing local artists to tell these stories to the community is a valuable resource. They also hope to bring back the event and continue celebrating Black History Month through music.

An attendee of the event, Robert Clark, hopes to see the event come back bigger and better next year. "History is very important. You know, in order for us to go forward we have to know where we came from. Some of the things that we had to endure to get where we are today."

The Elmira/Corning NAACP is currently helping with other local events to continue the celebration and education of Black History within the community.