People, July 11 - 17, 2012

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Dr. Roland C. Burroughs and his beloved mother Joycelyn Newbold-Burroughs-Smith returned home to live after an absence of 12 years of his mother. Joycelyn moved to the Big Apple to live with her son after the demise of her husband Henry Smith. Dr. Burroughsremained in the north after finishing dental school at Howard University. Welcome home Joycelyn and Roland! They are now living in Hollywood. Congratulations go out to Miami Gardens Mayor Shirley Gibson who was honored last Sunday at New Way Fellowship Baptist Church. Bishop Billy and Catherine P. Baskin are pastor and co-pastor. The mayor, who will complete her final term in August, is to be highly commended for her excellent dedication and leadership. Get well wishes and our prayers go out to all of you: Elouise Bain-Farrington, Grace Heastie-Patterson, Thomas Nottage, Marvin Ellis, Gloria Bannister, Shane Hepburn, Charles Mobley, Inez M. Johnson, Jacqueline F. Livingston, Princess Lamb, Selma T. Ward, Wilhelmina S. Welch, Frankie Rolle, Oliver Gross, Gail Goring, and Naomi Allen-Adams who returned to her adopted home in Tuskegee, Alabama where she lives with her daughter and son-in-law, Sceiva Adams Holland and Major Holland. Popular with Blacks and whites alike, Overtown was a center for nightly entertainment in Miami at its height in the 1940s and 1950s and comparable to Miami Beach. The area served as a place of rest and refuge for Black mainstream entertainers such as Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole who were not allowed to stay at white hotels. Development was spurred in the are in the late 1980s and again in recent years. Overtown is home to several historic churches and landmarks: the Lyric Theater (Miami), Greater Bethel AME Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church and St. Agnes Episcopal Church. Other places of interest include: the Dorsey House, the Old Black Police Precinct Museum, the Overtown Public Library (with its exterior walls adorned with paintings by Overtowns famous urban expressionist painter, Purvis Young), and the L.E. Thomas Building, home of the first Black magistrate in Miami. Wedding anniversary greetings go out to the following love birds of the week: General and Mary J. Robbins, July 2nd: their 47th; James and Evangeline C. Rambeau, July 2nd: their 36th; Henry and Shearl D. Agarrat, July 4th: their 13th; David J. and Normita Williams, July 7th: their 32nd. Hearty congratulations goes out to Lay minister Lemuel R. Moncur who will soon resign from the committee for Young Adults Ministry at St. Agnes after six years of service. He also served as an advocate for young adults. Lemuel is the son of Margaret Moncur and grandson of Florence S. Moncur and nephew of Robin Moncur. Happy anniversary to Rev. Father Samuel J. Browne who marked 53 years since his ordination to the Deaconate. Our beloved Priest Richard Livingston M. Barry will be honored Sunday, July 15 at 3 p.m. at Mouth Olive Baptist Church, 400 NW 9th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, during the Bahamas Independence church service and reception. Join us for a glorious afternoon (watch for other announcements in The Miami Times concerning other related activities this month. Crossing the burning sands into Greekdom, Gamma Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority inducted into membership the following young ladies: Amira B. Paschal, Tawanna M. Parker, Clana Ulysee, DeAndra E. Washington, Deborah K. Cooper, Priscilla R. Dobbs, Tykecia P. Hayes, Gabrielle E. Carey, Tiffany Starke, Jenai H. Williams, La-Toya S. Facey, Janelle Wallace, Nicolette R. Oliver, Amy Dawkins, Brittany Robinson, Regina Bruton, Shebreeceay D. Lenoir, Janice Spann-Givens, Syrita L. Murray, Michelle Dismuke, Saderia N. Hooks and Sheila Cohen. Congratulations! Chapter President Sandra L. Jackson and Membership Chairman Janice Spann-Givens stated that the inductees underwent a process of learning about Alpha Kappa Alpha and providing community service at a Miami womens shelter. By Anna Grace Sweeting