Sorority hosts forum to empower young Black males

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altThe Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority captured a scene of Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) through a Day of IMPACT (Inspiring and Mobilizing Public Service Advocates for Community Transformation).


The forum sparked the dialogue of the African-American male crisis through a recent collaboration of the sorority, Department of Juvenile Justice, Flagler County public schools and the African-American Cultural Society.

The society offered the vista, providing young men with mentors, resources and the proper tools to cope with today’s issues while forming partnerships with community leaders. They engaged in open discussions and dialogue on circumstances they have been facing.’’

Variety of presenters

More than 100 young males attended and also were provided lunch by Wendy’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers, the Education Committee of the Flagler County NAACP. It also was catered by J.C. Curry.

Donna M. Easterling is the program chair; Dr. Pamela Jackson-Smith, the chapter president; and Vikki Taylor, publicist. Margaret Dodson-Hatcher and Dr. Loray Britt were at the desk registering the applicants.

The forum presenters were Dr. T.C. Culver, educator of Flagler public schools; the Rev. Derwin R. Jackson, Sr., founder of Derwin Jackson Ministries; Keith Smith, educator, Flagler public schools; Raheem Davis, student, Bethune-Cookman University, and consultant, MadeMen Organization; M. Denarvise Thornton, Jr., associate director, Compliance and Eligibility, Florida High School Athletic Association.

Youth to host Saturday service

Youth of all ages are invited for a rousing “Saturday Night Live” worship service, presented by the Youth Ministry of Bunnell’s St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 609 South State Street.

The Rev. Patrick A. Wilkerson, pastor, announced that the day’s event will begin 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, and will engage in fellowship and food.

Christian artists at Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College and elsewhere will perform instrumentally and vocally.

Performers will include Mario Robinson, Anthony Butler and Diedra King.

For further details, contact the church at 386-437-2794.

AACS to offer scholarships

The Youth Black History Reality Committee of the African-American Cultural Society will award scholarships to graduating Flagler County seniors demonstrating active community service and participating two years minimally in the Youth Black History Reality Show. Applicants need a scholastic standing of 3.0 or better and have been accepted in a post-secondary program of study.

Applications will be available in April from high schools and the African American Cultural Society (AACS), 4422 North U.S. 1 in Palm Coast. The AACS’ phone number is 386-447-7030. Flagler Palm Coast High School’s phone number is 386-437-7540, ext. 1022 and Matanzas High School is 386-447-1575, ext. 5118.

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