Black History Corner

The members of the Black History Committee have enjoyed our labor of love that we were charged to carry out. Your enthusiasm, energy and eagerness to learn, made this task a joy and a pleasure.

As we begin to say “Thank you” to all who helped to make this everything and then some, we start with Pastor Stanley for giving us the platform to showcase our history in what we pray was a meaningful and enjoyable way. We truly love you and thank you for making sure that our history is never a mystery! Thanks Sis. Martin, for putting up with us as we researched our African History to put together a history book that we hope all will treasure, read and share with others. We thank the media ministry, Sis. Nicole, Bro. Larkin, Bro. Wallace, Bro. Martin and their team for their expertise and technological skills.

We thank all of the program participants. Sis. Jenkins for her portrayal of Africa in poetry. Sis. Chapman, and the entire Boyd Family for bringing the poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to life. Thanks to Bro. Terrence Nelson for again arranging for the plants and Min. Habersham and Bro. Kyle for taking out the things from the warehouse and storage room.  A heartfelt salute to Deaconess Betty Fletcher, for always making our church announcements a highlight of the Old Fashioned Day celebration. Let us not forget Sis. Hunter and the dance ministry for putting the finishing touches on each program. You all were Oscar worthy as always.

We are so blessed to be affiliated with such dedicated people. We want to give a shout out to all of the members, visitors and friends who continue to worship with us on each Tuesday evening. Thanks for caring enough about your history to be a part of the movie “Hidden Colors”. I hope that the knowledge you gained will help you hunger for more knowledge. Thanks to those of you who showed up to play Jeopardy and test your skills in a fun setting. You Did GOOD!

Our small committee operates as a team. We have built a bond that gets stronger each year. There is no “I” in our team, it is all WE! Sis. Peggy Stevenson, Sis. Andrea Larkin, Sis. Cherilyn Black, Deaconess Patricia Stanley, Sis. Eleanor Edgerton, Sis. Gina Hunter, Sis. Kami Stevenson and Deaconess Fletcher. This year we added a few more hands to help us decorate and take down.  We are truly appreciative of your willingness to serve.  I salute each of you for your untiring efforts in taking your charge seriously.

We must thank everyone who came out to the picnic and softball game. Thank you Church Anniversary committee Sis. Bostic and Sis. Thomas for a job well done!  We literally had a BALL!

As I close, I would like to say that Our History is what we build upon! Please don’t let the next 11 months slip by without you making a real commitment to making sure that Our History will not die with us. Incorporate Black History in your family time. Introduce your children to one new historical figure every time you gather.  Read the Hopewell Tribune monthly, that can be a starting point.

Lastly, don’t forget that we wear African attire every 3rd Sunday of each month. So don’t just dress royally one day a year, do it one Sunday each month. Be Blessed.

Sister Lakay Wilkerson

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