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Chatter That Matters: August 14, 2013

Dr. Richard Strachan | 8/14/2013, 2:29 p.m.
Readers of The Miami Times are happy that Annie G. Sweeting is back with her column People which includes news ...

Readers of The Miami Times are happy that Annie G. Sweeting is back with her column People which includes news about Miami pioneers, especially those who are members of The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church. Sweeting learned from her father the late Stanley Sweeting, who wrote the column Miami It’s My Town” for over 20 years. Keep it up Bethune Cookman University alumnus.

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Dr. Richard Strachan

Mary L. Dunn is a Chatter reader whose spare time is devoted to empowering youth to be worthwhile citizens. She is actively involved in the Egelloc Civic Club’s “Men Of Tomorrow”, and the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc. Last week the sorority held a scholarship awards luncheon in Hallandale Beach. Dunn presided over the program and other participants included: Viola Roundtree, Regina Bruton Rhonda Orr, Mary Allen, Coran W.Baker, Brittany Black, Kiera Johnson and Nicole M Turner. Sponsors included Tommy Bruton, Dr. James Bush, Dr. Edith Hall, Isaac and Calindo Hicks, Mr. Hanna, Clarence Dunn, Barbara Fitzpatrick, Dr. Gwen Robinson, Helen Reed, Mary Severance, Corliss Sellers, Mrs. Everson, Loretta Pieze, Doris Neale, Dr. Richard J. Strachan and Christine Dunn. Local pastors and community leaders spoke with youth at the “Empowering and Enlightening our Youth for the Future - In Memory of Trayvon Martin” event that was held at Miami Central High School on last Monday night. Chaired by Dr. Carl Johnson, Pastor, 93rd Street Community Baptist Church and co-chair, Rev. Johnny Barber II, Mount Sinai MBC they were joined by Rev. Gregory Pope, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Dania Beach, Rev. Steven Caldwell, New Providence, Rev. Gaston Smith, Friendship Ministries, and Rev. Marvin Lue, Jr., Trinity CME Church. Community leaders included: Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Commmisioner Jean Monestime, Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, MDCPS school board member, J.D. Patterson, Dwight Bullard, state senator and Cynthia Stafford state representative.

Ernest Sidney, a member of Sigma Alpha Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity died July 25. He was beloved and respected by the members of his fraternity and brothers were numerous in attendance. A memorial service was held, August 2. Sympathy to his wife Alice Pearl, sister Nancy Dawkins and all of the family. Among those attending the memorial service were Fredrich Philpot, Martha Day, Regina Sidney Summers, Angela Dawkins, Arthurine Jackson, Bobby McGahee, Matthew Dawkins, Joann and Pammie Marks, W. Granger, Rev. Dr. Ralph Ross, R.T. Fisher, Dr. Willie Wright, and Rev. A.J. Davis.