Gospel music and soul food will be on tap next weekend for the HFV Wilson Community Center’s “Song and Soul” to celebrate Black History Month. 

The event is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 in the HFV Wilson Community Center, 625 E. Main Street. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased at the center. 

“Basically we wanted to do something for Black History Month and we thought it would be a perfect event when we started it last year to do the traditional soul food and Gospel music,” Executive Director Alicia Henry said.

The night will start with gospel music, featuring a variety of local performers and churches, which will last approximately an hour and then a traditional soul food meal will be served. 

Henry said there will be fried chicken, collard greens, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, rolls and more. 

“There’s a lot of carbs, but we want to hit all the traditional foods,” Henry said. “And you have to have your hot sauce for your collard greens.” 

The event was organized to help bring attention to Black History Month and bring everyone in the community together. Henry said many people enjoyed the fellowship last year’s event brought. 

“There was just a lot of people in the community that they don’t necessarily get to see very often or visit with, so it was just a huge fellowship with all these people in the community” Henry said.

The other part people really enjoyed was, of course, the music. 

“They actually wanted more acts,” she said. “So we’re trying to line up more performers this year so they get a little bit more of the music piece.”