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Chatter That Matters: March 13, 2013

caines | 3/14/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Members ofEbenezer United Methodist Church and Dr. Joreatha Capers, minister, held a program last month that recognized Moses Barr, Leroy Wilson, Jr., Alex Barr, Ruth Whyms, Edna Cobbins and Clara Smith and includedmusical selections from the Mass Choir and selected soloists. Students and staff of Dorsey Skill Center led by Dr. Angela E. Thomas-Dupree, reflected on the life of Dana A. Dorsey during Black History Month. Dorsey donated the land for the school as well as the land for Dorsey Park and Dorsey Library in Overtown. Constance Brown served as mistress of ceremonies for the inspirational and historical program with David Dukes keynote speaker and Horatio Major reflecting on his great grandfather and his memories of segregation in Florida. The following former faculty members were recognized: Lawrence Adams, Theodore Blue, Dorothy Edwards, Wilma W.Gilbert, Charles Gray, Eloise C. Jennings, Agnes Lowery, Lona B. Mathis, Juanita F. Matthews, Ruby T. Rayford, Alberta Sparks and Earl Wells. Baljean Smith, alumni president, Ernest Smith and Alistene McKinney reminisced with the audienceabout the good ole days at Dorsey High School. James White was spotlighted for his accomplishments and Leroy Jones presented proclamations from City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones and County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson. In attendance were: LeoAlbury, Ulysses Morris, Norma Mims, Dorothy R. Smith, Sue Lawrence, Ruth T. McDonald, John Sims, Bernard Poitier, Betty Dean, Naomi Smith, Verna Tremble, Bianca Salvant, Beverly Beauford, Dorothy Fields, J. Garry Florestal,Octavia H. Williams, Charles Ingraham, Retired Lt. Col. David Dean and A. Mitchell. New Washington Heights Community Development Corporation presented Living Legends of Our Time last Friday at the Lyric Plaza in Overtown, with performances by the Junkanoos, Alice Day and LenardRutledge. Alberta W. Godfrey served as mistress of ceremonies. Other participants were: Mary Simmons, Gloria Pacely, Mamie Horne, Anton Bell, Virginia Smiley, Carolyn Frazier, Evelyn Dorsett, Samuel Williams, Shelia and Joseph Mack, Daphne Johnson, Teddy Abraham and Mother Mamie Williams. Jackie Bell, New Washington Heights CEO, recognized four living legends: Garth C. Reeves, publisher emeritus, The Miami Times; Dr. James Bridges; AttorneyGeorge F. Knox; and Noel King Sporty Williams. By Dr. Richard Strachan