Tickets selling out fast for Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tickets for three events on Feb. 22 during the 25th annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration are selling fast.

The theme is “60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement.”

The conference opens Feb. 20 and continues through the weekend with free programs and films.

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Registration is not required.

People can just walk through the door of the Natchez Convention Center and enjoy programs by some of the country’s best-known speakers.

Three events on Feb. 22 are ticketed. They are two meals and a concert.

Tickets for the two meals are nearly sold out. One is a luncheon at $25 at the Carriage House, with music of the Civil Rights era by Alvin Shelby and the Holy Family Catholic Church choir.

The other is a benefit gala reception and supper at $135 at Dunleith mansion.

The Dunleith ticket includes a $100 tax-deductible donation.

Tickets at $10 are still available for a concert of Civil Rights era music at Natchez Convention Center at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 by the Tougaloo College choir of Tougaloo, Miss.

The musical selections by the Tougaloo choir will be different from those by the Holy Family choir.

All tickets are available by calling 601-446-1289 or emailing

An additional event that costs money is a benefit for Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture.

This party is at 5 p.m. Feb. 21. A donation of $10 is requested at the door.

The award-winning celebration is sponsored by Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Mississippi Department of Archives and History with support of the Mississippi Humanities Council, Natchez National Historical Park, the City of Natchez and Adams County Board of Supervisors.

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Carolyn Vance Smith of Copiah-Lincoln Community College is founder and co-chairwoman of the Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration.