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Dr. Richard Strachan | 5/1/2014, 9 a.m.

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert stood smiling as he observed the activities of the 4th Annual Miami Gardens pre-Easter egg at Rolling Oaks Park. As the crowd joined him, the DJs started pumping the CDs, while the workers assemble three bouncer houses, two fair fun games, two see saws, three swings, and tables filled with ribs, chicken, hot dogs, hamburger, string beans, potato salad and drinks. And then the vendors joined in setting up their tables.

One of the most impressive vendors was Denise Brown whose children came from

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homes of victims who were killed by drive-by shootings. She reported that 70 percent of the student scored above the norm and 80 percent have no mother or father, yet all of them are in a special program envisioned by Brown who thrives on Government Grants and operates 5 days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. With more money the program would be able to help more victims and increase the attendance. Two the successful students are Jevon Davis and Tamia Hood, whose mother, Katrena Hood, a volunteer assistance would like to have more volunteers. Call Brown at 305-460-2223. In the early afternoon, Mayor Gilbert brought his cabinet together and commended each one for their service. Those honored were: Lisa C. Davis, Lillie Q. Odom, Rodney Harris, Felicia Robertson, David Williams Jr. and Erhabor Ighodaro, Ph.D. The whistle was blown and the helicopter began to drop eggs by the children who stayed close to their parents until it was over.

The highlight of the afternoon was the appearance of Ms. Florida Plus America, Angel Myers; Mrs. Florida Plus America, Niesha M. Freeman; Kerrington Freeman, Miramar USA; Kennedi Freeman, Broward County USA, twin sisters; and Claudette Coleman, reigning Ms. Florida Plus, Miami and Miramar queens.

The scene switches to Ebenezer UMC where the Crucifixion and Resurrection move the leader and people to implore the meaning, which indicated thusly; on that first Easter morning, as the sun was rising, Jesus rose triumphantly from the dead. The earth shook as the angel rolled the stone away. No grave could hold his body down. He has risen. He has risen indeed. As Mary Magdalene and the other Mary looked out in fear, the Lord revealed himself to them and they departed with great Joy. Although we live in a world with moral decay and violence, and although we were stripped of our original culture and out past as a people, we, like Christ can be resurrected.

Patricia Bryant, flutist, introduced “Were You There,” as the 39-voice choir joined in to set the music for the acolytes Mashone Robinson, Martavious Robinson, and Alton Jones to lit up the dais, along with musicians Dr. Richard J. Strachan, Mr. Donnie Fabian, and Richard B. Strachan. Furthermore, Rev. Devin D. Brown was announced as the speaker to bring the words for his title, “The Christ, The Cross and the Crucifixion” followed by Baby Nicholas being baptize by parents Daymeian Gallimore and Nicole Francis.

The trumpet award goes out to Valarie Thomas and the Mass Choir for a job well done. They brought Easter to the full church singing “How Great Is Our God”, “Every Praise”, featuring Mashone, “Don’t Cry”, “Serve Him for the rest of my Life” and “He Lives” Martin Robinson, directing.

Dianne Rolle is announcing a pre-Mother’s Day program at the St. Peters African Orthodox Church, 5 p.m. Sat., May 2.

The keynote speaker is Laykeisha Cooper.