- Faith & Family
G. Erick Knowles, chairman of the 15th Annual M. Athalie Range Cultural Arts Foundation, broke the silence of the huge audience when he
started by introducing Trina Robinson, NBC 6 Anchor and hostess for the evening. A video was shown introducing the honorees and their accomplishments, such as Thelma Gibson, “the groundbreaker”; Attorney H.T. Smith, “the change agent”; Bill Diggs, “the maverick” and Marlon Hill, the “bridge builder”. Each recipient was given a huge plaque, posed for a picture, and introduced family members, along with Knowles recognizing sponsors Bacardi, Miami Herald, Miami Times, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Circle One Marketing, Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
Robinson came back to introduce the featured artists with Christopher Dorsey, a former band director at Miami Northwestern and five-time National Jazz Band winner with a mixed band of musicians, all in high school. They also travel under the stage name of DCAJazz or Dillard Center for the Arts. Patrick Jr. and Sr. Range, son and grandson took the time to thank the people for keeping Mrs. Range dream alive. Others who applauded the effort were Dr. Edwin T. Demeritte, Greg Mason, Rosetta Vickers, Jean and James Brown, James and Marge Fayson, Barbara Aranah, violinist Brenda Contreras, Unoja McNeish, Elizabeth Maraj, Jaleel Jones, Dr. Freddie Young and Dr. Donna Shalia, president of University of Miami.
Oct. 14, Jerry Dinkins, Jr. ordinated to the pastorate of New Faith Baptist Church, where his late grandfather, Rev. Dr. Mervin Tindle was founder, teacher, and pastor. Pastor Dinkins graduated from Jacksonville Baptist Seminary and is married to Natalie Dinkins, with a son Jerry Dinkins, III. Dr. Jimmy Burke had the honor of carrying out ordination. Some of those in attendance included parents Kenneth and Joi O’Nealy, mother and overseer of church. Valencia Tindle, great-granduncle and aunt Joseph and Shelia Mack.
Also, Dr. Gail Burke, Rev. Roscoe and sister Jones, Roxanne Bobb, James Bobb, Jassett Smith, Janice Stevens, Deacon Melvin Stevens, Calvin Robinson, Tonia Harris, Judy Newbold, Shera Campbell, Natalie Robinson and congregation.
In the absence of Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Pam Jones, Tammy Reed and Chief Robert Parker shared the leadership of Miami Carol City Regional Tie-Tying Ceremony before a filled auditorium of Role Models of Excellence Project, parents, and mentors including Mark Bedford, James Brown, Katrina Wilson, Melodie Delancey, Pam Davis and Renee S. Jones.
During the Tie-Tying Ceremony, Dr. “Chico” Arenas took the leadership and guided the mentors and mentorees into position to facilitate the tying and hugging ritual as the Psi Phi Band played “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”, while Rochelle Lightfoot included singing “Believe in Yourself” and “How About the Children”. A big “thank you” went out to Mayor Andre Pierre of North Miami and Principal Jamary R. Dunn of Carol City High. Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro for their participation. Next big activity is the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. “Unity Breakfast”,Monday, January 21, 2013, at the Parrot Jungle.
By Dr. Richard Strachan