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African Americans and the Arts’ was theme

From Enterprise Staff

“African Americans and the Arts” was the theme of a Black History Month celebration and fundraiser hosted recently by the Dunbar Alumni Association.

James Z. Thompson, president of the Dunbar Alumni Association, served as the master of ceremony. The program began with a congregational singing of “This Little Light of Mine” followed by prayer offered by Pastor David Darden of New Beulah Missionary Baptist Church. Polk County Sheriff Byron Lyons welcomed everyone and State Representative Dr. Alma A. Allen addressed the crowd, followed by a song provided by G.L.O.W. Youth of New Beaulah Missionary Baptist Church.

Betsy Deiterman, curator of the Polk County Memorial Museum spoke, as did Bishop Dr. Robert Johnson, the pastor of Livingston Church of God in Christ, Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran and Pastor Bishop Cary Baskin and Lady Mary Baskin of Family Life Church. American Legion Post 312 Commander Jeanette Jackson was there, along with American Legion Post 312 Chaplain Bob Laban and Reverend Dr. James Derrick, pastor of Church of the Livingston God.

The poem “I’ll Rise” was recited by Sister LaTina Petties of New Beaulah Missionary Baptist Church. “Do You Have a Dream” was recited by Scholar Valli Ann Kerr and Pastor Cindy Doran of Keltys United Methodist Church in Lufkin. Mary Joyce Davis, local historian and author, reviewed “Blacks Making History.”

Also attending were Reverend Freddie Marchall Jr., pastor of Providence No. 2 Baptist Church and Reverend Curtis Hester, pastor of First Community Missionary Baptist Church.

Others present included Tanner Crawford, youth pastor of First Assembly of God Church; Cass Emerson, owner of Integrity Drug Screening; Helen Bass and Angela Mangan of Godtel Ministries; Valerie Crocker and Reverend Dr. Charles Horton of the Polk-San Jacinto County NAACP; Reverend Kenneth Darden of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church; Paul Jackson of the African American Heritage Project; Deacon Jerry Garrett Sr. of Providence No. 1 Baptist Church; Willie White, president of the Democratic Club of Polk County; Lady Carline Rogers of You-Can Worldwide Ministries Inc.; Reverend Harold R. Isaacs of Bethel Baptist Church; Jim Wolfe, owner of KDOL 105.5 FM; Pastors Steve and Agnes Yeboa of Christ First Healing Ministries International; Judy Blain of R.E.A.D. Inc. of Livingston; and Ivory Holcomb Rider and Joy Holcomb Hurst.

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