Chatter That Matters: November 7, 2012

caines | 11/8/2012, 5 a.m.

Sylvia Williams-Garner and her entourage, boarded a plane, and landed safely in Costa Rica, where she was born and lived until she moved to Miami. With her were: Dora Williams, Melvina A. Herrinton, Blondell Browning, Janet Nichols, Barbara Edmonson, Tommie & Regan Paramore, Pearlie Maryland, W. Randall, Helena Harris, Delores Blocker, and Sandy. After settling down the entourage went on a tour to the Panama Canal, Colon, Aruba, Columbia, Cache Rio, Carta Gena, and Sylvias family banana groves where the tourists became educated over the fundamentals of selling the bananas in South Florida. Sylvia also educated them on her birth to adulthood, while switching to Spanish when she wanted to show out her mastery in another language. Then, it was back on the plane for an enjoyable trip back to South Florida, where everyone kissed the earth upon arrival. A collaborative effort was put forth by the top echelon of the NAACP including Adora Obi Nweze, state president; Benjamin T. Jealous, national president; Dr. Bradford Brown, local president; Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the board; Leon W. Russell, vice-chairman and Shirley Johnson, vice president. They put life into a fledging NAACP, that experienced its president resigning from the position, and Dr. Brown accepting the interim position. This did not negate providing the community with the Freedom Fund 2012 Election Year Extravaganza, last Saturday, at Doubletree on 72nd Ave, with a change in the format from a sit-down dinner to a buffet-style serving, while the Psi Phi Band entertained the attendees, Shirley Johnson welcomed the crowd, followed by Angela Nelson spiriting new membership and the importance of voting in this years election. The format of the program brought together Executive, Rodney Baltimore and the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Hot 105 FM. He was honored to introduce the keynote speaker, Rev. Jimmy Brown, who has a midnight talk show on the same station. His resume includes his 37-year service in the United Methodist Church, countless honors and awards and a membership with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Afterwards, Dr. Brown took over the mic to thank the sponsors, such as Mayor Andre Pierre, City of North Miami, Cox Media, William D.Talbert III, Greater Miami Convention Bureau, Joseph McCray, Jesse Trice Center, Miami Dolphins, Progressive Firefighters, The Courtney Group , the Psi Phi Band and our politicians in Washington D.C. and Tallahassee. Others in attendance included Art and Hyacinth Johnson, Rosetta Vickers, Brian and Doris Hart, Anita Harrell, Cynthia S. Saunders, Albertha Nelson, Mabel Brown, Dr. Malcolm Black, W. Granger, A. Johnson and A. Knight. Strong support came to Congresswoman Fredericka S.Wilson, Wilbert Tee Holloway and Dorothy Bendross-Mindlingall, Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Jean Monestime, Audrey Edmonson, Dennis Moss, Oscar Brynon, Dwight Bullard, Barbara Watson, Representatives Daphne Campbell and Cynthia Stafford, Michelle Spence-Jones, Mayor Oliver Gilbert, Otis Wallace, Myra Taylor, Dorothy Johnson, Alonzo Mourning and Gepsie Metellus. By Dr. Richard Strachan