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Biblically, it is written: “Give honor where honor is due.” The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Dade County Alumnae Chapter took that statement literally and acted positively upon it Sat., Jan 25 at the J.W. Marriott Brickell. They honored their 22 founders with all the vim, vigor and respect any group could have for those whose shoulders they now stand.
Residents express displeasure with police and city officials
At the recent Hadley Park Homeowners (and Rentals) (HPHA) Association meeting held on Jan. 28 at the Carrie P. Meek Senior Citizen Center, 1350 NW 50th St., “being left out,” and “ignored” were voiced adamantly and with much concern by the members of the Association. They unanimously said, “We are going to be respected and treated fairly by those we helped or did not help get into office. If not, we will get them out of office.”
The 21st annual Commemorative Service and Youth Talent on Parade program will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE 2nd Ave.. and Biscayne Park, next to the cemetery. Commissioner Audrey Edmonson will bring greetings and make presentations to the Essay Contest and Youth Talent On Parade winners. Other program participants include: Mrs. Becky Roper Matkov, President of Dade Heritage Trust; James McQueen, Esq., Chief of Staff and Commissioner Keon Hardemon.
Torace Poole has established his ministry at an early age
The word of God says if parents train their children well while they are young, even if they depart from the training, they will return. “Somehow, it seems that those are just spoken words and not words that are acted upon,” Evangelist Ladi Jenkins said. “We must learn to either believe or not believe the word of God. There is no in between or taking parts of it.”
Struggles make triumph feel amazing
At birth, Marvin Charles Lue, Jr. was not expected to live beyond the first 24 hours, due to a rare gastric condition that to this day challenges him. “My father died when I was four years old and my paternal and maternal grandparents soon followed him,” Lue said. “My mother was constantly moving from state-to-state and city-to-city doing her best to give us a better quality of life. I had to endure a nomadic childhood which meant changing schools frequently.
One seldom meets a more concerned, people-loving, sensitive, individual than Ulysses S. Morris, Jr. “When one hears Overseer Morris’ life story, it appears that all of his life, God has been preparing him for this season of his life,” Rev. Leroy Smith said. “If this man had not come into my life when he did, I am
Have you always wished you had the time to learn to play a musical instrument but never did? The University of Miami is offering that opportunity to senior citizens who have that desire. This is something George Early has always wanted to do — play a trumpet.
Reverend Maurice Robinson and his wife, Helen who prefers to be called the “Elect Lady,” are very impressive about their feelings for people and the Lord. They are very much aware of the fact that in order to have a friend, one must first be friendly. Their aim, according to both Robinsons is to build a church that reflects what God says in his word — ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ and ‘love your neighbor as your self.’
Citizens in North Central section unincorporated Miami are working extremely hard to make their area another city in Miami-Dade County. “I have followed the City hood efforts in North Central for several years and applaud the dedication and tenacity of the leaders and the community to stay the course of this most
Florida adopts race-based academic goals, community in uproar
While many thought Jim Crow politics ended with the Civil Rights movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center alleges otherwise in their most recent complaint against the Florida Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the Department of Education adopted a discriminatory strategic plan that sets lower academic expectations for Black and Hispanic students based on race and nationality.
“I don’t take my position at all lightly"
The definition of a pastor, according to Pastor Helen Jenkins is someone whom God has anointed and called to do a special work, including but not limited to teaching and training believers to become committed followers of Jesus Christ.
“Because of the prayers of my parents, I am what I am”
The word of God says: “Train up a child in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it.”
“My goal is to lead according to God’s word"
Pastor Martai D. McCullough, Sr. is a young, goal-oriented professional with hands-on experience that he hopes will help him reach the vision of being a great shepherd. “I want to help the people of God get a greater knowledge of and a deeper relationship with the Lord by feeding them the word of God,” McCullough said.
Closing in on final sermon at Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Rev. Douglas Cook, Sr., the well-known, white-haired, people-loving pastor of Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church, will preach the word of God to hundreds-of-thousands of individuals for the final time in Jan. 2014. ‘“I am not tired yet,” Cook said. “God’s word keeps you wanting to hear more-and-more about him. The more you hear about him, the more you want to hear.”
Born in Miami on Feb. 7, 1914, Dorothy Patterson will be 100 years-old on Feb. 5, 2014. She is the only child of the late Lillian and Timothy Farrington. Though Dorothy, at birth weighted twelve and one-half pounds, today at 99, “She has a nice little body shape and has a bundle of energy, a good mind, and loves to dance.,” Dr. Dory Lingo, the Hospitality Ministry President of the Church of the Open Door U.C.C. said. The same church where Patterson is a member of.
“I believe the Haitian doctors and African American doctors are too distant in their professions, social activities and in their communities. Hopefully, beginning with a combined knowledge of professions and socializing we can become closer,” Barrau said. “Most African American doctors are not aware that there is an association of Haitian physicians. Hopefully, by letting them know what we do and their letting us know what they do, we can become closer in our efforts.”
McIntyre leaves pastoring but will continue God’s work
Rev. Marvin James McIntyre, Sr. a very reserved, disciplined, calm, “Christ-influenced,” 78 year-old pastor is leaving that career to take on a more “evangelistic one.” He says, “I am leaving the pulpit/pastoral part of the job I have proudly done for 33 years but will always be a spokesperson for the Lord.” The young man, personally selected, to replace McIntyre is Rev. Brandon Jones, the son of Lisa Frazier and Leroy Jones, who is not only a preacher but also
The grand chapter, Alpha Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., was founded Jan. 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate students on the campus of Howard University. Many of those same women were among the first Black Women to join the Women’s Suffrage March down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC. “One hundred years ago, those women realized that when collective strength is used much can be accomplished,” Maud Newbold, the organizer, first president of the Dade County Alumnae Chapter organized Jan. 10, 1981 and General Centennial Chairperson, said. “we know the value of unity and the strength it can
“Prepared people for prepared work”
“Pastor Diane E. Owens is a very God-driven, outgoing individual who is dependable and enjoys helping children in the community educationally and spiritually, “Sister Holly Lee said. “She shows her concern for all of us. Many of our services are held outside of the building [BAC Bldg. at 6600 NW 27th Ave.] because some of the members and visitors have physical problems and difficulty climbing stairs.”
This is the time of the year that people smile more, are more courteous towards each other and are more giving towards the less fortunate. I’ve always wondered what people think happens to the needy around this time of the year? Well, at
“I love the Lord and will serve, forever”
Dr. Calvin Russell, a native of Miami says he, “loves the Lord who has declared my life to serving his people and worshipping and giving praise to Him.”
Paraplegic Gleneisha Darkins determined to finish school
It was about this time of the year —Thanksgiving — in Nov. 2010 when Gleneiesha Darkins and a carload of her classmates from the Richmond Heights area were coming home from Florida A& M University [FAMU] to spend the holidays with their families and they were involved in a horrific accident.
Pastor Wilson-Green: “We wish that we could do more”
The Omega Power and Praise Ministry, Inc., is dedicated to serving the community and providing a place of worship for all who wish to get closer to God. The church is under the leadership of Pastor Harriette Wilson-Green, who is a very knowledgeable and intelligent lady who devotes the majority of her time looking out for the welfare and well-being of others.
One of three Florida women need your vote
Ten advocating women from around the nation are being recognized by the renown for their community involvement. Three from the south Florida area have won $10,000 each and are now seeking the position of National Honoree Woman of Worth and be the additional award of $25,000.
Residents of Liberty City and surrounding areas have flooded The Miami Times with telephone calls that expressed their concerns about the possibility of there being a name change for Lemon City. As one caller said, “to do so would push aside the fact that the people who lived, slaved and died in that area and let them be forgotten and dismissed,” stated Courtney Demerritte, the great-grandson of Elizabeth and Rodney Ferguson who lived in Lemon City in the 30s and 40s.
Drama, dancing and music fit for Broadway
That large, blue building on NW 62nd and 22nd Avenue is a mystery for far too many residents of Miami-Dade County but plans are in the works to change that. The fenced-in, one-block building with the African trim has been there since 1975. Countless numbers of students have attended classes in drama and dance there. Many of them have gone on to study, sing and dance with some of the greatest professional groups in the nation with some “graduates” making quite a name for themselves.
Isaac Smith was born to the late Saintana and Daniel Smith in Nassau, Bahamas in 1966. When he was 12-years-old, the family migrated to the U.S. and took residence in Miami. The thing most vivid in his young mind from then to now is “I was always in church,” Smith said. As a youngster,
Local pastor follows in his father’s footsteps
The Millrock Holy Missionary Baptist Church (2575 N.W. 65th St.) was founded 45 years ago by the late Pastor Emeritus Reverend Andrew Jackson. His son, the Reverend Aaron Jackson, has served as the church’s pastor since 2007. Before the son took over, Millrock was under the leadership of Rev. James McKinnon, his brother-in-law. Since its inception, Millrock has been under the guidance and direction of a family member.
“To lose a child hurts the entire family, someone has to be there to help them”
Denise Brown, the founder and president of the RJT Foundation lost a son, Roman Bradley, along with his childhood friend JaQuevin Myles on March 1, 2012 in a drive-by shooting. Brown along with JaQuevin’s mother, Jacklyn Hall and
When most young boys, between the ages of five and six years-old were riding their bikes, just beginning to learn about junior football and playing games with their peers, Leroy Smith, Jr. was being taught other lessons.
Started Divine Hope Restoration Ministries from home
After being a faithful member of the streets, a former wrestling coach, and a gifted athlete, R. Caleb Jean answered a divine call that had been placed on his heart by the Lord. The call was “Save the Children.” It was in 1995 that Jean decided to change his lifestyle. The following year, Jean says he transformed his life completely and “answered the call from God upon my life and became an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The message he heard was ‘Save the Children.’
Rev. Kenneth L. Washington makes Miami hometown his pulpit
Pastor Kenneth L. Washington, a native of Miami, has been a part of the Greater Israel Bethel Primitive Baptist Church all of his life. “I was born to the late Mae Francis Washington and Marvin DeShazior and my mother kept me in church,"
Survivor Allen says “there is strength in numbers”
Susan G. Komen’s Annual Race for the Cure was held last Saturday and more than 20,000 walkers and runners joined together to help the cause. The race honored breast cancer survivors, supported those dealing with breast cancer diagnosis and raised money
Faith in God “healed my paralysis”
After being a faithful member of the streets, a former wrestling coach, and a gifted athlete, R. Caleb Jean answered a divine call that had been placed on his heart by the Lord.
Edward Buckner, the past president of the Primitive Baptist Churches of the State of Florida, died last Friday, Oct. 4 in hospice in Cocoa [FL]. His nephew, Elder Michael Roan, says, “Uncle Buckner is the man-figure that was instrumental in my accepting the Lord as my personal Savior and for keeping inside of me the desire to continue to serve the Lord.”
Rev. Selwyn Scott reflects on 40 years as pastor
This writer’s third interview with the Pastor Emeritus of Revival Tabernacle Assembly of God [RTAG], the Reverend Selwyn McDonald Scott, proved to be just as interesting and rewarding to as was the first encounter some 15 years ago. Selwyn retired last year  after serving as the pastor at RTAG for 40 years.
Government shut down hits close to home
“In a few days, things are going to get critical — it could be very frightening for some of our clients,” said Laverne Holiday, director of Curley’s House of Style, Inc. — Hope Relief Food Bank. “When the basic needs of people are threatened, they go into protective, defensive, combative modes. My fear is that people will do whatever they need to do to survive. And throughout Miami, especially in Liberty City, they are rapidly approaching that position.”
In too many instances, children of color who have mental challenges are not granted the same kinds of opportunities that whites receive. At least that’s what Courtney Haynes, the father of a mentally-challenged, 17-year-old child, says.
Could Food Stamp reductions cause illness and more crime?
For the last few weeks, The Miami Times has received numerous calls from concerned City and County residents inquiring about the possibility of their monthly Food Stamp allotment being reduced or completely eliminated. As our incoming call volume continued to increase, we thought the best thing to do was to go to the source.
Gia Wyre, affectionately and professionally known as the “songbird,” has made the painful decision to leave Miami and seek her due fame in San Diego, CA on Sept. 25.
Ebenezer “weekend for justice” seeks to change the lives of troubled youth
The Ebenezer United Methodist Men’s [UMM] organization is determined to change the negative roads on which so many young men travel — often resulting in them becoming “tenants” in local prisons and jails. Recent statistics indicate that the highest percentage of incarcerated men are between the ages of 20 and 39 and most of them are Blacks, Hispanics and poor whites.
"We’ve come this far by faith together"
Seventeen years and three days ago, [Sept. 15, 1996], Rev. Harold Marsh was installed pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church at 2601 N.W. 65th St. In 2001 he left Fellowship Baptist and founded the New Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church [NCTMBC].
Pastor Avery Jones: “I want to do what is pleasing in Jesus’s sight”
Pastor Avery Jones, founder/director/CEO of the renown Spirit of Life Choir, has been singing, playing the piano and keyboards since he was a youngster but he says his focus has changed a lot since then.
Funds designated for the district not spent to enhance the community
Since the beginning of August, residents in the Liberty City area have called The Times voicing their concerns about shabby appearance of many of the homes, public and private buildings, parks and businesses within their boundaries. [The area called Liberty City territorially begins at approximately 40th street on the south side to 79th street on the north and from 6th avenue on the east to up to 19th avenue on the west. Many Miami-Dade County citizens refer to any area between 40th street on the south, 79th street on the north, 7th avenue on the east to 27th on the west as Liberty City-but it isn’t.] “I believe that something is going on that does not have our [residents of Liberty City] best interest at heart,” Fred Philpot said. “When the Public Works Department is called to come out to our area to make repairs, it takes days and weeks for them to show up. It’s not that way in Coral Gables, Aventura, Brickell and other affluent communities in the County. Are the powers-that-be trying to let this area totally fall to the gutter so that they and/or their friends can purchase the properties for pennies on the dollar?”
Rev. Pacley: “My aim is to lead sinners to Christ by the word and deeds”
In 1988, James Pacley preached his initial sermon on his way to becoming the pastor of a congregation. And “in 1996, the second Sunday in August more than 125 members were in attendance to start the New Born Faith Deliverance Missionary Baptist Church, Pacley said. “Since 2003, our services have been held at 4816 NW 22nd Ave. We have approximately 100 names on the roll but the attendance fluctuates between 35 and 75 each Sunday,” Pacley added. Pacley is a soft-spoken, easy-going man with a warm smile that tends to light up his entire face, particularly when the conversation leans towards his ministry and the members he has ministered to over the years. He told this writer about the circumstances surrounding the meeting of one of his long-time members Sis. Marie Tate. “I went to the hospital to pray for and give communion to another member the late Sis. Mable Hall. Sis. Tate was sharing the hospital room with her. I asked Sis. Tate if she would allow me to pray for her, too. She willingly accepted the offer,” Pacley said. “The very next week she was attending service at our church. She joined and the rest is as they say, history.”
Terry F. Newton says his life changed after 9/11
It was in 2001 that Terry Fernando Newton of Coconut Grove introduced himself to The Miami Times. He was a poet who promoted the unification of cultures and wanted to publish some of his healing, inspirational poetry. After the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York, Newton sent a poem to a reporter in New York City and to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.
Jason Taylor takes hardworking students school shopping
During the recent Labor Day weekend, Jason Taylor, retired Miami Dolphins All-Pro, took 20 students from Brownsville Middle, Carol City Middle and Senior, Northwestern Senior and William H. Turner Senior High Schools on a $300 shopping spree to Old Navy. And by taking advantage of a 30 percent storewide sale, each student was able to make purchases that totaled $420.Taylor, the founder and president of the Jason Taylor Foundation, says that he, along with his wife, Katina [vice president] and the Foundation’s board, take their mission statement seriously. “Our goal is to facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved healthcare, education and quality of life,” he said. “I remember what it was like being a child. If your clothes were not as cool as those worn by your classmates you weren’t treated well. “It’s not a good feeling.”Sharron Henley, vice-president of programs for the Urban League of Miami, led the entourage that accompanied Taylor and his special guest, rapper Ricky Rozay, on the shopping trip. “The Jason Taylor Foundation has taken students on shopping sprees like this since 2005 and to see the happiness on the faces of the children means a lot to us,” Henley said. “He buys them the latest gear for the school year. All we can say to him and his wife is thank you.”
Will the Black community ever receive equal access in schools?
At six o’clock in the evening last Tuesday, the Fellowship Hall on the grounds of the Urban League [8400 NW 25th Ave.] in Liberty City was nearly
Church started from grassroots
August 1996 was the beginning of the ministry called True Fellowship Worship Center (TWFC). After sharing bible study and prayer meetings in their home from February to July, it was placed on the heart of Pastor Emeritus Myrtis Armbrister to start a full service ministry.
Community outreach program aids inner city
Rev. Charles Lee Dinkins has over thirty (30) years of preaching and community program experience. And, in 1995 became founder/president and CEO of Hosanna Community Foundation, (HCF) Inc. HCF is a not for profit community outreach organization that comes to the aid of inner city youth and their families.