"American Idol" finalist and longtime Franklin resident Melinda Doolittle will serve as the honorary chairwoman for the African American Heritage Society’s 12th annual Black Tie Affair on Feb. 1 at Embassy Suites Cool Springs.
Doolittle will lead the black national anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” with the audience invited to sing along.
The Black Tie Affair raises money for the McLemore House Museum, home of former slave Harvey McLemore, who built the home as a free man and which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The event also supports the African American Heritage Society whose mission is to chronicle the lives and contributions African Americans have made in our community. The theme for this event is on the “History of African American Churches in Williamson County.”
Social hour begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 1 with a cash bar. The program begins at 7. Awards will be presented to individuals in six categories: education, business, civic, communication, religion and organization. Awards and certificates will be given to a Pioneer Family, whose family roots in Williamson County may be traced back to the 1850s or earlier. The family for this year is the Perkins Jordan family, of which many descendents are still living in Williamson County on property he purchased as an ex-slave.
After the program, Julius Fisher and the Genius Band will play dance music until 11.
Individual tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a table of 10. For ticket information, call Paulette Johnson at 615-243-7751 by Sunday.