Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center will honor the senior pastor of Mount Erie Missionary Baptist Church for his contributions to the community on Friday, Feb. 15, at the hospital's annual Black History Month celebration.
The Rev. Richard D. Hague Jr., who was installed at Mount Erie in 2001, is the chairman of the City of Niagara Falls Human Rights Commission. He also serves on the boards of directors for the P2 Collaborative, Independent Health Foundation, Community Missions of Niagara, Great Lakes Baptist Association, Niagara Charter School and the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center.
The free celebration will be held in the Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St.
"Pastor Hague has been deeply involved in community outreach for the past decade. His commitment to organizations that seek to improve the health of Western New Yorkers is inspirational and this honor is well deserved," said Charles A. Walker, Memorial's director of community outreach and the organizer of the event.
The theme of this year's Black History Month celebration is "The Doctor, Research and You." A health fair highlighted by a presentation by Don McLean, M.S., M.A., will begin at 10 a.m., and will be followed by an 11 a.m. luncheon featuring keynote speaker David Blackburn, director of Multicultural & International Student Affairs at Niagara University.
Mistress of ceremonies will be Denise Easterling, vice president of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Commission, with musical selections by Diana M. Reeves and students from Niagara Street Elementary School.
For more information, call 716-285-2382.