- Faith & Family
Cynthia Strachan Saunders, a Carver Ranches icon, should be applauded for her efforts to revitalize her community with the play, “Their Story is Our Story,” presented last Saturday at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Ft. Lauderdale before a capacity-filled crowd. The play
starred Saunders, Jackie Gay Washington, Lucky, Jason Stanley, Betty Jean, Veronica Stuart, Keith Lee, Shameka Lee, Sharnte, Maurice Watkins, Mr. Bert and Kalika White, a liturgical dancer from Dillard High School. Closing remarks were given by Tony Thompson, director/playwright. Others who attended were Barry Smith, Arte Johnson, Ms. Carwright, Arte J. McElroy, Carl Latimore, Keith, the professor, Larry Mcrea, King Larry Studios, Natrice L. Christian, Judy Harvey, Agretta, Mychelle, Rosa, Carl, Sr. and Carl Jenkins, Jr. and Cynthia L. Holloway.
Sigma Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi has shown much love for the brothers still tending to the flock in its 24 years existence each Saturday, including: Brothers James English, R. T. Fisher, James Dukes, John Williams and other Lamplighters of 2012. This week, Felicia Grant, correction officer, provided the Lamplighters with a tour of the Miami City Jail. Accompanying students on the field trip were parents: Desiree Jenkins, Lori Law, Wendy Gordon, Deaunee Catlin. Others who attended were: Dante Francis, Sean Watts, Clifford Miller, Dean Merisier, Anthony Boatwright, Dishon Gardner, Keyshon Gardner, DeAundre Gatlin, Cyrus Clark, Dennis Law, Gerald Grant and Ezell Lee Gordan, Jr.
The Nineteenth Annual Commemorative Service and Fourth Talent on Parade took place last Sunday at the City Cemetery under the sponsorship Dr. Enid C. Pinkney, founder, The African-American Committee of Dade Heritage Trust and membership. Maude Newbold presided and the Rev. Dr. Errol A. Harvey gave the invocation. The audience sang “Blessed Assurance;” Elizabeth Bain read the scripture; Elsaida Anders, occasion; and greetings came from Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, Becky Roper Matkov, CEO, Penny Lambeth, CRC, and Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones. Lonnie McCartney sang, “It is Well with my Soul” and “How Great Thou Art.” The Families of Dave Green, AAI and Franklin M. Bain were commemorated as Willie Granger played TAPS. Anita McGruder, Retha Boone-Fye and Edmonson presented certificates to essay winners: Elijah McPhee, Ronald Forbes, Tiffaney Cannava, Daren C. Dozier, Jayson Michel, Jacquan J. Cannon, Deyonn Daniels, Jamal Hudson, Keith Thomas, Franklin Sands III, Devon Daniels, and Abdias Armenteros. Kudos go out to the Sigma Gamma Rho Buds of Spring hostesses: Kayla Burse, Cheisee Clark, Kaye J. Curtis, Kayla Harrell, Iranique Martin, Zakierra Johnson, Kamry Morency, Shakinne Reese, Aniyah Simpson, Dasia Smith and Joy War. The presentation is Saturday, June 2nd at U of Miami. President Emeritus Dr. Astrid Mack and committees are completing plans for the 26th Annual King of Clubs scholarship banquet Sunday, May 6th, at 1 p.m. at the Doubletree Spa and Hotel. Nelson Jenkins is the chairperson. Scholarships will be given by Dr. Rozalyn Paschel to Cameron Rutledge, Coral Reef High, presidential award; Paschel, Jr. will present his award to Phillip Wells of Carol City; K. Bellmay School of Special Studies; Shirley Pierre Northwestern; Britney Alabre Coral Reef will receive the Dr. Tee. S. Greer, Jr. award and Camry Brown will receive the Dr. Lorraine F. Strachan Award; Female of the Year goes to Jackie Bell, creator of First Friday Overtown and the Male of the Year is Shadrick Gilbert, lay reader, St. Agnes Episcopal Church. For information call Jenkins at 305-625-3872.