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Dr. Richard Strachan | 2/13/2014, 9 a.m.
Congratulations go out to Dr. Preston Marshall, Founder, as well as Rev. Norris Kelly, Chairman, and Denise M. Stewart, Co-Chairman ...

Congratulations go out to Dr. Preston Marshall, Founder, as well as Rev. Norris Kelly, Chairman, and Denise M. Stewart, Co-Chairman for a job well done officiating the 50th annual Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. parade. The National Champion Booker T. Washington Football along with Armad Newbold and the BTW Marching Band served as Parade Marshals. Other dignitaries were Florida Highway Patrol, Rep. Cynthia Stafford, State Attorney’s Office, Katherine F. Rundle, Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Senator Dwight Bullard, Newly elected Commissioner Keon Hardemon, Dr. Dorothy Bendross- Mindingall, City of Hialeah Police Department, Mayor Lucie Tondreau from North Miami, Kim Sheffield, International Masons and Eastern Stars, FIU Marching Band and Contingency, Former Rep. James Bush, followed by the North Miami Band and the Historical Miami-Bahamas Junkanoo Revue, Horace Mann Band, Miami Edison Sr. Band, NAACP, Miami Northwestern Band, Miami Union Contingent, North Dade Middle and North Miami Middle.

Mary A. Thomas, Director, “Men of Tomorrow” and President Veronica Rahming announced the officers for 2014: Da’Marrio J. Smith, President, James Thomas III, Vice President, Reginald Turner, Recorder, and James C. Green, Chaplain. Parental officers are Patricia Thompson, Yvonne Young, Vice President, Shovon Bethune, secretary, and Alicia Roundtree, Treasurer. Others are Reginald Turner, Trenese Barr, Kimberly Forston, Michelle Demeritte, and Danita J. Jenkins

Do you know Eastern Airlines Employers have been meeting ever since EAL went out of business and hooked up with Delta Air Lines.

The demise of playwright Leroy Washington brought out Les Brown, his student who rose as

Internationally known Motivational Speaker and Dr. Anthony Sweeting who read a poem he wrote about Mr. Washington. It included Leroy being born in Greenville, Florida where he graduated and joined the army as a First Lieutenant and he relisted as a Second Lieutenant, while studying drama at FAMU.

After locating at Miami Northwestern, he became producer of the “Amazing Grace” TV Gospel show for 15-years. Further, Mr. Washington and two of his thespians did a play at FAMU called “FEAR” and were given a resolution from Governor Bob Graham. In total, he spent 11-years at BTW, 1-year at Miami High, 2-years at Miami Jackson, and 8-years at Miami Northwestern.

Duplicating a similar life was Apostle Mark R. Trimmings whose funeral brought out a huge crowd on Friday at St. Matthews, as Saturday at Jordan Grove MBC. The choirs added so many flavors by singing “On My Way Home,” “Jesus On Time” and many more. So many people rocked with the Male Choir as they stimulated the audience, while the Pastor Brown enlightened the listeners with “Words Of Comfort” that moved the audience and created pots of people crying in groups until the bitter end. He will be missed.