Black History Showcase celebrates city, community leaders Posted in: NewsLifestyle To celebrate the beginning of Black History Month, an annual program spotlighted three of Elgin’s own icons who have accomplished much during their years of civic engagement and community service. Each year, the Elgin NAACP branch hosts a city-wide Black History Showcase, during which a handful of community members are honored. The program was held at the Elgin Public Library on Saturday evening, February 1. This year, the showcase highlighted Bettye Bishop Lofton, Byron Caldwell and Gladys Ward. Lofton served on the Elgin City Council as well as numerous committees. Since 1999, she has been the president of the Elgin Juneteenth Committee,PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!