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People: September 26, 2012

caines | 9/27/2012, 5:30 a.m.

A little history for those who are not native Miamians: In 2010, Miami ranked seventh in the U.S. in terms of finance, commerce, culture, entertainment, fashion and education. We rank 33rd among global cities. In 2008, Forbes magazine ranked Miami Americas Cleanest City. Wedding anniversary greetings go out to: Nathaniel and Roderiqua Gordon, Sept. 19th, their 42nd; and Harry and Carmen Dawkins, Sept. 19th; their 33rd. Get well wishes and our prayers go out to each of you for a speedy recovery: Donzaleigh McKinney, Deacon Doris W. Ingraham, Evangeline Gibson, Fr. and Mrs. Samuel J. (Lottie M.) Brown, Harry Dawkins, Princess Lamb, Alfred McKinney, Shirley Bailey, Naomi Adams, Thomas Nottage, Willie Neal, Maureen Bethel, Edyth J. Coverson, Julia Johnson-Dean, Sheri Futch, Grace Heastie-Patterson and all sick and shut-ins of our community. The Theodore R. Gibson chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians is sponsoring a trip to Atlanta for the ordination of the Reverend Robert Wright as the 10th bishop in the Diocese of Atlanta. The service will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13th, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Attention all Blacks living in Miami-Dade County. I went out to Lincoln Memorial Cemetery with a gentleman who was going to do some improvements on the graves of my father, grandparents, uncles and several cousins. I never saw anything as horrible as that graveyard with the exception of scary movies. As a community we must clean up this cemetery and very soon too. Dr. Pharr who owned the cemetery and Mr. Young who kept it clean are rolling! They are not resting. Dewey Knight, County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and I are planning to have a committee formulated to bring about immediate change. We must not ever forget our ancestors. Join us and become members of the clean up squad. Very sorry to learn of the demise of Soror Vera Wyche who died last Tuesday. Sympathy to Kathy, her son and their family. Here for the funeral of Selma Taylor Ward held at her beloved Mt. Olivette Missionary Baptist Church on Sept. 8th were visiting family members: Gwendolyn and Julian Reid; Eric, Kayla, Ermon, Khalea, Gary, Glendal and Anna Ward; Reta Fields, Diane Woodside, Maria and Adrian Davis. Also the family of her late husband Gary Ward came from North Carolina and other cities. Mount Olivette Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the good ole days in Overtown with its Centennial Celebration Homecoming Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 6th at the Marriott Courtyard in Downtown Miami at 2 p.m. By Anna Sweeting