ZANESVILLE, Ohio- As Black History Month continues one organization is bringing the community together through food and the arts.
The Zanesville Civic League is hosting their annual 23rd Taste of Color this weekend. The event serves as a way to teach the community about black history while enjoying food and performances. Executive Director Lisa Rooks, said it’s important for the youth to know where they come from.
“We want to educate the public to bring about what we’re celebrating as far as Black History Month. Black History Month is every month but this is a time that they give us. And letting the kids understand that there’s different black individuals through their history that’s made their pathway.”
Rooks said there will be entertainment for the attendees to enjoy.
“We also have basic entertainment that goes on. Whether it’s someone singing, signing, reading a poem/ We do display the kids artwork because we do have an art contest.”
As far as the food, Adonis Brooks the Assistant Director, said there will be plenty for everyone.
“This year we will have over 25 different dishes served at the Taste of Color. A couple of examples of those are, I’m actually doing sweet potatoes. So if you like sweet potatoes come to this ‘cause my sweet potatoes are…! We’re going to have soup, beans, fried cabbage, chicken and dumplings, chili, baked spaghetti. We’ll have several different types of desserts.”
Taste of Color will take place at the Civic League Center this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are an $8 donation and can be purchased at the Center. Rooks and Brooks both said this event couldn’t be done without the help and support of the community and sponsors.