Vandalia’s Charles Overton was the guest speaker for the Tri-County Care Center’s Black History Celebration Program held on Wednesday, February 12. Overton began his presentation by noting Black History is actually American History. He said history is also “His-Story,” referencing God as the creator of all things. Overton said Vandalia has a great history among African-Americans as he mentioned several names, many of whom work at Tri-County Care Center. He also talked about the past association with the local brick plant. Overton then read off a list of famous African-Americans who are known for their life changing inventions.
Overton, who is known for his own contributions to the music industry, then shared names of music legends who made their marks while still alive. He then played “Georgia On My Mind” on his saxophone, among other selections. Overton also played the piano while his wife Davaline Overton sang a song for the crowd. He also read a poem that offered a challenge to how everyone should live their lives.