Saturday event inducts first Ellis County African American Hall of Fame class

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, at Samaria Baptist Church in Waxahachie, the induction ceremony will begin for the first class to be honored in the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame.

Dr. Jamal R.A. Rasheed founded the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame at 441 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Waxahachie on the Historic East Side on Jan. 14, 2014.

The Ellis County African American Hall of Fame recognizes all contributions made by African Americans in Ellis County in the areas such as Humanity, Education, Religion, Civil Rights, Politics and Law.

The Hall of Fame will promote understanding and inspires appreciation of the achievements, contributions, and experiences of African Americans in Ellis County through exhibits, programs and activities that illustrate African and African American history, culture and art.

The mission of the Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Foundation is to exposes all students, teachers and citizens of Ellis County to new ideas as they explore African American history encouraging critical thinking and creativity

The educational initiative will make history come alive through the arts to amplify African American history.

The Ellis County African American Hall of Fame will provide programs and curriculum that are designed to entertain, engage, and educate the community using standards which can be useful for educators of students in pre-school through high school and home classes, stated a press release announcing Saturday’s dedication.

The Ellis County African American Hall of Fame Foundation will expose students and teachers to new ideas as they explore African American history by including creative and imaginative workshops, lectures, hands on activities and visual and performing arts showcases, to encourage students imagination and their creativity as they learn history and culture,” the release added.