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Monday, February 15, 2016

Virginia Black Business and Civic Leaders to Celebrate Black History Month By Hosting Expo in Honor of Carter G. Woodson

Seko Varner and Bert Bergan

Entrepreneurs Seko Varner and Berthram Bergan, organizers of the Black History Month Celebration and Business and Education Expo

Norfolk, VA — Business and education workshops, vendors and exhibits, stage shows, and African dances. They are all part of this year’s Black History Month Celebration and Business and Education Expo in the Norfolk-Virginia Beach region.

Positive Vibes, Inc. and Whereblackbiz.com, two locally prominent and African-American owned businesses, are hosting the event in honor of Carter G. Woodson. “We will celebrate the legacy of Mr. Woodson, who was the architect of Negro History Week,” said Seko Varner. The manager at Positive Vibes points out that Negro History Week was a precursor to Black History Month. “Woodson was an educator and businessman that advocated for a more robust community by teaching about the unknown historical contributions of African-Americans.”

A large part of the this year’s expo will focus around business and educational workshops — including financial literacy, marketing, business coaching, and healthy credit score. “Mr. Woodson dedicated his life to education — especially to the education of blacks,” said Berthram Bergan — expo organizer and co-founder of Whereblackbiz.com. “African Americans, especially in today’s competitive world, need to do the same collectively in order to become financially successful.”

How to Attend:
The Black History Month Business and Education Expo will be held at Military Circle Mall at 880 N. Military Hwy. in Norfolk on February 27th, 2016, from noon – 6pm. For more details, visit www.facebook.com/events/1718621808359435/

(Interview opportunities with Seko Varner and Bertham Bergan are limited. Call now to book your media availability.)


About Carter G. Woodson:
Mr. Woodson was born in New Canton, Virginia in 1875 and was one of the first African Americans to receive a doctorate from Harvard. He was able to establish Black History Month by lobbying to make it a historical celebration and nationwide institution. Woodson chose February to recognize this event to honor Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. The two historical figures were both born that month. Woodson died on April 3rd, 1950.


Seko Varner
Positive Vibes

Berthram Bergan

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