The 11th Annual Storytelling and Soul Food Evening on Feb. 8 celebrated African American community service organizations in Chickasha.

The Storytelling and Soul Food Evening event is held every year in celebration of Black History Month and the contributions of residents who are local to Chickasha and Grady County. 

Featured speaker, Derrick Dean II gave a presentation highlighting several civic groups including the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Lucky Strike Men's Club, the Flowers Lovers Federated Club and the Tuesday Evening Thimble Club. 

Courtney Boone was the featured solo singer. 

The Storytelling and Soul Food Evening is presented every year by the Loretta Y. Jackson African American Historical Society. 

Oklahoma State House Representative, David Perryman presented Jackson with a proclamation from Governor Kevin Stitt. 

Jackson said the purpose of the event is to give a platform for the rich history of African Americans in the local community and to inspire young people to do what is best for the community. Jackson said she wanted to thank all attendees, supporters and sponsors. 

The event is also intended to promote tourism to the Chickasha area. The Verden Separate School, which was relocated to Chickasha on Ada Sipuel Ave., was a one-room school house for African American children in the early 1900s. Over the years, Jackson has held tours of the Verden Separate School.

The Soul Food and Storytelling Evening is in partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation's Initiative, "Soulful Stories: The African American Story in Oklahoma." 

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