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Published: Monday, February 22, 2010, 12:01 a.m.

Event will celebrate blacks' role in Snohomish County

Though he is best known as the conductor who took the Everett Symphony to Carnegie Hall, Paul-Elliott Cobbs also has a reputation as a charismatic public speaker.
Guests can experience his charm at the podium — sans baton — Wednesday when Cobbs appears as a guest speaker during the “African-American Experience: Celebrating Snohomish County's African-American Heritage.”
This event is being held to celebrate February as Black History Month, as well as to pay tribute to and learn about Snohomish County's African-American heritage.
The event includes historical displays, music and refreshments, along with public recognition of some of the county's black pioneers such as the first African-American postmaster, one of the 13 people who integrated the U.S. Air Force at Paine Field, one of the county's original shopkeepers and the first black graduate from Everett High School, organizer Ben Young said.
The “African-American Experience” also includes music from the youth group, Rise for Christ Choir, and a timeline of Snohomish County milestones.
“The African-American Experience” starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Snohomish County Public Meeting Rooms on the first floor of the Robert Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett.
For more information call the Snohomish County NAACP at 425-322-6924.
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