They met in 1949 at Brown Memorial Church in Brooklyn. The couple enjoyed a romantic cruise recently in the Eastern Caribbean and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Their 50th anniversary was gift wrapped with the renewing of their vows, along with a banquet attended by family and friends from across the country.
From New York to Palm Coast
Their plans involved moving to Jamaica, N.Y., to their first home in July 1955. Mr. Lee was born and reared in Brooklyn. He served 29 years in the New York City Fire Department. Mrs. Lee was born in Gloucester, Va., and reared in Brooklyn. She retired from the New York City Department of Health after serving 16 years.
Since retiring to Palm Coast, the couple has served (separately) as board chair of the African American Cultural Society. They are active in the community.
The Lees are blessed with four children: Karen, who lives in Jacksonville; James Jr., Palm Coast; Joseph, Upper Marlboro, Md.; and Khary, who resides in Brooklyn. The Lees have nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
NAACP hosting ACT-SO event
The Flagler County NAACP invites the community for the 2012 Olympics of the Mind on April 14, 2 p.m., at Flagler Auditorium, 3265 East U.S. Highway 100, Palm Coast.
The competition distinguishes itself as the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), a youth initiative by the national NAACP for students to showcase their talents in music, poetry, dance, art and design, as well science and technology.
Flagler students have worked hard to compete for the first-place prize of $100, a desktop computer and the gold; second place of $75 and the silver medal; and third place of $50 and the bronze medal.
First-place winners will represent Flagler County and will advance to the national competition in Houston on July 5-7 to compete against other high school students for scholarships, awards and prizes.
The notable ACT-SO alumni are music artist Kanye West and actress Jada Pinkett Smith.
Support our young scientists, artists, poets and filmmakers. Tickets are $5 at the box office or call 386-437-7547, or toll free at 1-866-352-4537.
Shelton to speak in Palm Coast
The Flagler County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet is April 22, 6 p.m., at the Hammock Beach Resort, 200 Ocean Crest Drive, Palm Coast.
The black-tie affair offers the escape in decor, atmosphere and cuisine, and a distinctive blend by guest speaker Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Advocacy.
Shelton advocates the federal public policy issue agenda for over 500,000 members – 2,200-membership units – of the national civil rights organization. He previously served as Federal Liaison/Assistant Director to the Government Affairs Department of the United Negro College Fund and, prior, the Federal Policy Program Director to the social justice advocacy agency of the United Methodist Church.
Tickets are $60 per person. For tickets, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822. Online ticket purchase can be attained at FlaglerCntyNAACP.org.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.