COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will mark Black History Month with a music, praise and spoken word events this weekend geared for the entire community.
The celebration begins Friday at 8 p.m. with a performance of the school's Vespers at the University Church featuring music and spoken word and hosted by the Black Student Christian Forum.
On Saturday, festivities begin early with music at 9:30 a.m. by Berean Church Praise Team, and spoken word by Pastor Tyler Stewart. A group workshop and discussion will be held at 10:30 a.m. and facilitated by Pedrito Maynard-Reid. "Black Gospel Praise and Worship" follows at 11:30 a.m., and featuring a mass choir representing various Northwest black churches. Pastor Andrea King will deliver spoken word.
A free, multicultural potluck meal will kick off at 1:30 p.m. in the University Church Fellowship Hall, and guests are invited to bring a favorite vegetarian dish or simply come to enjoy the food.
And at 4 p.m., "Total Praise: A Festival of Choirs" will feature African-American praise and worship teams from Seattle, Portland, Spokane and WWU.