Community Celebrates Heritage at Annual Soul Food Dinner

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- One local community is coming together to celebrate their history. Neighbors from the historic Northeast neighborhood gathered at the Lucy F. Simms Center on Saturday for the annual soul food dinner.

People who have lived in this community for decades say it's important to know your heritage.

"Our children are beginning to lose the significance of their roots, and if we get together and show them that we are concerned then, that will bring them right into the focus," said Doris Allen, who lives in the Northeast neighborhood.

Local restaurants helped donate some of the food and Harrisonburg police officers and James Madison University students helped serve it.

More than 100 people came out to the dinner. The event is a way to wrap up a month of black history events. It's also a chance for the younger generation to learn about their heritage.

"Then the children can hear the stories sort of like how we were brought up, because we used to sit underneath our family and listen to the stories and so we just kind of want to carry on that heritage, because we have a rich heritage here," said Deanna Reed, Co-Founder of the soul food dinner.

Reed says with a number of shootings in the neighborhood in 2010, this event started as a way to bring back back the old feeling in the neighborhood.

The event also honored athletes who attended the Lucy F. Simms School.


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