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Chatter That Matters: March 27, 2013

caines | 3/28/2013, 5:30 a.m.

The saga of Amistad was relived at the Church of the Open Door and the congreation honoredCollette Hart Richardson, Dr. Patricia Chestang Duncan, Cecilia Stewart, Iral D. Porter and Reverend Shedrick E. Gilbert. Deacons participating in the worship included : Mary Reeves, Matthew Beatty, Stephen Taylor, Dory Lingo andElsaida D. Anders. Rev. Dr. R. Joaquin Willis, pastor, delivered an impressive sermon entitledHow A Ship Led To An Open Door. Richardson is a Miamian with an impressive career in education andis an assistantprincipal at Norwood Elementary School. Duncan is a retired public school administrator. Stewart works as an environmental andpublic health professionalShe is also a former chairperson of the Overtown Community Oversight Board. Porter is the retired Assistant Dean of the Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity at the Universityof Kansas School of Medicine.Gilbert, is a retired deacon at The Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church in Overtown. The music festival last weekend at Bay Front Park led many musicians to gather atJackson Soul Food Restaurant brought byAmy Rosenberg. People filled up the place to dine and listen to Joey Gilmore, Bobby Stringer, Betty Padget, Charlie Austin and The Psi Phi Band. Dr. Enid Pinkney and Ruth Shack made up the audience of enthusiastic diners who enjoyed favorites like pigeon peas and rice, potato salad, chicken and barbeque ribs. Seen dining recently at Sadies Restaurant were Louie Bing, William Vaught, Richard Smith, William Snell, David Williams, William Evans, Mother Francis, BenAddison, and Frank Buggs.Dontforget the Bethune Cookman University alumni gala on Friday, May 3 at the Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne.