Jacksonville celebrates Black History Month
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Black History Month was celebrated Sunday at the Community Center. The program cover had a quote by the late Nelson Mandela: “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

The program was dedicated to the memory of Chargina Moore.

Students from the Girls Attention Center Home and the National Pan-Hellenic Clinic at Jacksonville State University were hosts and ushers. JSU ROTC members attended. Assisting with the program were Thomas Sudduth and Joy Cox.

Slideshow: Black History Month Celebration

Honorary members of the Black History Committee are Jewell Carr Greer and Jeanne Jordan. Other members are Ethel Kimbrough, Margaret Lomax, Sandra Sudduth, Nancy Dickens, Glenda Jemison, Emily O. Lipscomb, Nell Coleman, Constance Nation, Theresa Curry, Freida Morris, Master Sgt. Lonnie Corley and Master Gunnery Sgt. Gilbert Taylor, United States Marine Corp (ret.)

Lonnie Corley was master of ceremonies. The JSU ROTC posed the colors. Shenelle Curry sang the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Mayor Johnny L. Smith welcomed everyone. New Hope Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Roosevelt Parker read from the Old Testament. St. Paul CME Church Pastor Charles Boswell read from the New Testament.

First Baptist Church on Vann Street Pastor Christopher Taylor said a prayer. The youth of Jacksonville made presentations.

Freida Morris and Theresa Curry were in charge of door prizes.

Special presentations were by the Mountain Top Experience with Minister Linda Smith and Djembe Drummers.

The Mountain Top Experience Djembe Drummers are quoted as being the oldest musical instrument in the world. The Djembe drums primarily originated on the West coast of Africa and spread through the entire continent of Africa. They are used as instruments of communication between people or tribes. It has been documented that the drums are also used in various celebrations such as weddings, harvest time, baptisms, warrior rituals, healing ceremonies and ancestral worship.

The Mountain Top Experience Djembe Drummers are based in Rome, Ga. The team is composed of male and female drummers from ages 6-65. The team is involved in community service, including feeding the hungry, giving clothes, shoes, blankets and household as well as personal care items to those in need five days a week at the Community Center in Rome.

The audience sang “Lift Every Voice.” The JSU ROTC retired the colors. Mayor Pro-Tempore Sandra Sudduth gave closing remarks. Father James Macey of St. Charles Catholic Church blessed the food.
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