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Churches combine to celebrate Black History

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"Joplin is comprised of lots of different ethnic origins, and I think it's important we show the different cultures. We show what Joplin is made of and the differences. And we embrace those differences because each one plays a significant part in helping us grow." says Joplin City Mayor, Melodee Colbert-Kean.

Two churches, with one common goal.
Unity missionary Baptist church brought speakers, choirs and elected officials for an afternoon service dedicated to black history month.

"We try to be unified as far as the community goes and so we decided to come together as a community and celebrate things." Pastor Samuel Nero Jr. of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Joplin.

'Lift Every Voice and Sing', what's commonly referred to as the Negro national anthem was sung proudly, in honor of President Lincoln, the man who lead the way to the end of slavery.

"It's important for people to know who they're celebrating and why. Some of our fore parents...Dr. King and others who paved the way for us. I believe that's important for us to keep that together."  says Pastor Rufus Kelly of Unity Missionary Baptist Church.
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