Johnson speaks at Vardaman Library

Charles ‘Wsir’ Johnson of Okolona, and originally of California, was guest speaker for Black History Month last Thursday at the Vardaman Public Library. Vardaman Elementary students visited the library by class to hear him. The sixth graders were in the first group attending, and with Johnson are Carter Helton, Tommy Pina, Trey Coots, Rosie Guerrero and Tatiana Cousin. Among the things he talked to them about were George Washington Carver, and sweet potatoes. Johnson’s artistic interests range from teaching drums from around the world in over 40 elementary schools, to storytelling, musical instrument maker, to personal fitness trainer. For his film “Blue Suede Shows in the Hood” he received recognition on the Tupelo blues marker. Rochella Rounds and Minnie Bounds had different Black History displays set up at the library. Photo by Celia Hillhouse