February is Black History Month and the Santa Maria and Lompoc branch of the NAACP were out celebrating on Saturday.
The event was held at Pioneer Park in Santa Maria from noon to 4 p.m. A free lunch was given to those who made reservations.
Lawanda Lyons-Pruitt, President of the NAACP Lompoc and Santa Maria branch, says celebrating Black History Month is important because black history is American history.
“It’s a way for us to continue to remind people of the contributions African Americans and blacks have made to the United States and the world,” Lyons-Pruitt said.
Lyons-Pruitt says usually about 300 people come to the event