Bethlehem Center celebrates 90 years

Stories of black achievers cover the Bethlehem Center's walls, transforming the hallways into an educational adventure and a place of community pride, said the Rev. Lurone "Coach" Jennings.

"This is history coming to life before your very eyes," said Mr. Jennings, the center's executive director.

The stories are part of the center's Education and History exhibit, which opened Thursday. A host of activities is scheduled to celebrate the center's 90th anniversary.

The Rev. Mark Flynn, pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, spoke Thursday at a breakfast fundraiser.

"The Bethlehem Center is a legacy that has been passed to our generation," Mr. Flynn said. "We need involvement from the community if we're going to take the legacy handed to us and move it forward."

The center is a nonprofit, faith-based agency dedicated to transforming lives and communities, according to center officials.