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PHOTO GALLERY: Black Santa comes to town with an educational message

Black Santa turned out to be quite a dancer, not to mention an adept spinner of holiday soul records, so it's no surprise he stole the show Wednesday. But for those able to take their eyes off him, there was a bigger message at the event he deejayed inside Upstart Village on New Stine Road.

Besides just being a fun holiday party, the inaugural gathering focused on local efforts to launch a public charter school called Willie J. Frink College Prep. If supporters have their way, the school will focus on civic literacy, entrepreneurship and preparing for college.