Faith Tabernacle COGIC, 907 West Home Street in Vandalia will be celebrating Black History on Sunday, February 23. Pastor Richard Smith will speak on Black History during the 11 a.m. service. Dinner will be served following the morning service.
The afternoon service will begin at 2 p.m. with guest speaker, W.T. Johnson. Mr. Johnson will be portraying Father Augustus Tolton during this service. The public is invited to share in this celebration.
W.T. Johnson is an educator, husband, father, grandfather, storyteller, and living historian. He has been in education for over 30 years as a teacher, school administrator, educational consultant, and workshop leader.
He has been married for over 30 years to Cynthia, his wife, and mother of their three grown children. His son Marc is a doctorial student at Harvard. Kimberly is an attorney and Brandi is an Emergency Room nurse pursuing a masters degree in nursing. He is Papa to three wonderful grandchildren; Alexander, 3, Nicholas, 2, and Adia, 6 months.
As a storyteller and living historian he has told the lives and journeys of Frederick Douglass, Dred Scott, York the slave with Lewis and Clark, George Washington Carver, Father Augustus Tolton, Cathy Williams, Harriett Tubman, and Martin Luther King, Jr. His goal is to encourage those that hear him to go out and read more about the lives of the men and women he has presented.