The 34th Annual African American Heritage Banquet was held at the Bessemer Civic Center on Friday, February 23. It was presented By The Concerned Citizens Of The Bessemer Cut-Off. This years theme was "African Americans In Times Of War." The Prelude was given by Reverend Charles Diggins. The Negro National Anthem was sung. The invocation was given by Reverend Tony William, Associate Minister, Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The Welcome and Occasion was presented by Mrs, Johnnye P. Lassiter, Birmingham Transit Authority. Reverend Charles Diggins sang a song. Greetings were offered by Kenneth Gulley, Mayor, City Of Bessemer. The Importance of Voting was addressed by Linda Coleman-Madison, Senator - District # 20 and Rodger Smitherman, Senator - District # 19. Grace for dinner was provided by Deacon Eric S. Burks, Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Dinner was served while Brandi N. Cook played special music on the piano. After dinner, Jesse Mathews, Bessemer City Councilor District # 6 presented the keynote speaker. The Keynote speaker was Bobby Singleton, Senior - District # 24. Chester Porter, Bessemer City Councilor District # 2 recognized the Elected Officials. Candidates that are running in the upcoming election gave a 2-minute speech. President Of The Concerned Citizens Of The Bessemer Cut-off, State Senator Priscilla Dunn gave the appreciation. Reverend James Eades, Pastor - Greater Bethel Baptist Church gave the benediction.