TAP to honor David Ramey Sr. and others at Black History Month event

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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) - As part of Black History Month, a Roanoke non-profit is throwing a celebration to honor people in the community from prominent black neighborhoods around the valley.

Total Action for Progress has chosen David Ramey Sr. as one of the honorees along with a handful others.

Ramey Sr. was an artist who was famous for his color pencil drawings of the Henry Street area of Roanoke from the 1940's era.

He drew most of his pictures later in life, using only his memory to base his pictures off of.

He died last year and his son David Ramey Jr. will be honored on behalf of his father.

"I was very proud. I was very proud of my dad," Ramey Jr. said of finding out his dad would be honored.

"Usually, in situations like this, it's the parent that's proud of the child and this situation is sort of reversed."

The event will happen Tuesday, February 20 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church. The event will feature special programs, awards, and a soul food lunch. It's free and open to the public.

Register for free at www.tapintohope.org.