OGDEN -- The Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Black History Month celebration took a sharp generational turn this year, offering an evening of dance by young local performers rather than last year's celebration with traditional Southern foods.
"It's nice to focus on young people," said Mac McCullough, the school's Diversity & Community Outreach director. "It's an awesome opportunity for the school to give back to the community, and to get the word out about learning opportunities at the college.
"And since we have no football team, I figured we could rally the people with dance."
The best-known group performing was Utah Urban Dance Organization, which has been showcased on national television on "So You Think You Can Dance" and "Dancing With the Stars."
Was the group hard to book?
"No, not at all," McCullough said. "My son, Devon, is one of the dancers, so I just asked him. And the group always likes to do things for the community."
McCullough told his audience of dancers, their families and other spectators that he saw the event as an opportunity for them to come together.
"It's a chance for you to showcase your skills and for us to show you this (technical college) is a place for you to learn new skills."
Other dance groups performing were from local schools, including the Ogden High School Collaborators and the Ben Lomond High School Dance Team.
Beverages and desserts were donated by Walmart and Pepsi.
"Sugar and young people," McCullough joked. "A dangerous combination."