--- Issued March 12, 2014

For the third year in a row, a team from the Erie Housing Authority won the Annual Black History Contest held in February and sponsored by the JFK Center, 2021 E. 20th Street. This was the third year the JFK Center held the contest.

HACE Team members, from left, are  Khadesia Williams-Horton, Dr. Kahan Sablo, John E. Horan, Nate Otis, Patreece Johnson and Gary Horton. Missing from the photo is Michael Fraley.

The competition, featuring four teams vying to provide the correct answers to black history questions, was sponsored by the JFK Center as part of Black History Month in America, held February 1 through February 28.  (Black History Month is also held in Canada in February and in the United Kingdom in October.)

HACE Team members were  Atty. Khadesia Williams-Horton, Dr. Kahan Sablo, HACE Executive Director John E. Horan, Nate Otis, Patreece Johnson,  Gary Horton, and  Michael Fraley, resident initiatives coordinator for the Authority.

Categories for the questions included politics, science and technology, and history.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the John F. Kennedy Center. The winning team was awarded $300 which HACE donated to the John F. Kennedy Center.

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance held for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African people who left, or were torn, from their homes.

"As has been said, not knowing your history is like a tree without roots," Horan said.  "You lose much of who you are. The value of knowing your true identity is that it gives purpose to your life."

"Black history is inseparable from the history of our country," he said.

"That's why this contest is a worthwhile annual event and that's why are proud to have won it."