January 24, 2008 (Lexington, Kentucky) – For fifteen years, the African American Forum, Inc. has enriched the cultural landscape of the Lexington – Bluegrass Region by presenting programs that celebrate the African American experience. This Saturday, January 26, beginning at 8:00 p.m., NBC-affiliate LEX 18 will air two exclusive broadcast premieres in recognition of the African American Forum’s service to the community.
The first broadcast is a special documentary, “Sharing the African American Experience – This is Why We Do It. A History of Kentucky’s African American Forum.” The documentary is a retrospective look at the organization’s years of service and major contributions to the Lexington community, and features interviews with many Lexington notables including the organization’s founders John E. Cole, III and Debbie A. Cole.
“The 15th Anniversary African American Ball – This Is How We Do It!” will air following the documentary, beginning at 9:00 p.m. Fifteen years ago, the African American Forum, Inc. presented the first public African American gala of its kind anywhere. On Saturday, January 19, 2008, the organization celebrated their milestone anniversary of the African American Ball. The Ball’s incomparable presentation of theatre, music, dancing, fellowship and fun will be showcased during the television broadcast. Entertainment during the broadcast includes: Smooth Jazz, R&B and Classic Soul from Omega III, featuring Trey; a high-stepping fashion show by Uniqueness Unlimited Modeling Productions, under the direction of William Parris; the University of Kentucky Theatre Department presenting excerpts from two of their upcoming productions; and members from the Kentucky State University Band program, under the direction of Kalomo Y. Bailey, in a special guest appearance.
In addition to presenting the annual African American Ball and other performing arts events (such as the wildly popular “Smooth Jazz at Equus Run featuring Marion Meadow” held this summer), the African American Forum is committed to giving back to the community through arts programming and outreach to inner city and rural elementary schools; opportunities for volunteer service; and collaborative efforts to address the quality of life issues that impact the African American community. The organization remains strong in its mission “To exemplify excellence in promoting awareness of the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans. To develop and support programs that embrace cultural diversity, enhance community development and broaden the opportunities for African Americans to make their highest and best contributions to life in the Lexington-Bluegrass Region, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond.”
The African American Forum, Inc. is a non-profit arts and cultural organization based in Lexington, Kentucky. The organization is committed to presenting programs that highlight the artistic, cultural and educational achievements of African Americans. For more information about the African American Forum, please visit www.AAFinc.com.