FARMINGTON — Ideal Baptist Church will be holding a Black History Month celebration on Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

The program will feature Minister Steve Macky, an independent gospel recording artist as well as other speakers and musicians.

The program will be followed by a "Soul Food" potluck, which is open to anyone.

In 1926, a press release was sent out announcing Negro History Week in February. Later, the week was extended to one month and February became Black History Month. Each year is given a theme and this year's theme is "At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality." The theme for this year was chosen because 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which was when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "I Have A Dream" speech.

Trevor Cullinane is the facilitator for Ideal Baptist Church's program. He said he thinks that Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream has come true.

"If he were alive today, he would be so proud," Cullinane said.

Cullinane said it is important to remember Black history because the changes that have happened took a lot of hard work and moving forward will continue to take a lot of work.

Cullinane said "right now we've taken a wonderful turn." He added that equality means more today than it has in the past and society has become more positive.

"It's not just black history," Cullinane said. "It's equality for everyone."

Cullinane said Ideal Baptist Church is a small congregation that has been around for 60 years. The church is located at 203 E. Elm St. in Farmington. For more information, call 505-514-3122 or 281-881-2909.