Inductees in first Wichita black business hall of fame to be honored

The Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce will present its inaugural black business hall of fame later this month, according to a news release.

The class includes Robert Alford, Othello Curry, Rip Gooch, Xavia Hightower Howard, Jackson Family (Jackson Mortuary), Charles McAfee and Henry Wofford.

Inductees will be honored during the chamber’s inaugural Black & White Ball fundraising event, which will begin at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with the program scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m., though the band Natural Change will play afterward, the release said.

Sidney King, regional president for Liberty Bank’s Kansas/Missouri region, will serve as the program’s keynote speaker. Liberty Bank is African-American owned and operated, according to the release.

Reservations are available for the event. For more information, contact Kevin Andrews at 316-393-7252 or chamber president Bernard Knowles at 316-210-2033. The Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization focused on business climate improvement for its members.

Bryan Horwath: 316-269-6708, @bryan_horwath