Afro-American Caribbean organization hosts festival

Jeroline McCarthyEach February, hundreds of visitors attend the Black Heritage Festival, created 32 years ago by the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO).

They’ve curated the itinerary, mixing music, dance, inspirational speeches, and vendors. They’ve imbued passion for appreciating the cultural contributions of African-Americans and African-Caribbean Americans. They’ve advanced international, interracial, and interfaith understanding.

The festival showcased its recent venue at the African American Cultural Society.

Shown above are some of the Daughters of Miriam dancing to present a cultural contribution at the festival.
Shown above are some of the Daughters of Miriam dancing to present a cultural contribution at the festival.

“I think it’s worthwhile,” asserted Joan Dabney. “I think Vivian is doing a good job, especially by bringing it (the festival) here at the Center.”

AACHO President Vivian Richardson matched the best fit  – meaning Palm Coast Mayor Jon Netts, City Councilman William Lewis, County Commissioner Nate McLaughlin and Florida Heritage Crossroads President Barbara Kelly.

It’s noteworthy that while Richardson is the president of the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO), she is also the chairman of the Board of Directors of the African American Cultural Society (AACS).

Vivian Richardson
Vivian Richardson

The presentation in addition touted Flagler County Deputy Larry Jones, African American Cultural Society President Edmund G. Pinto, Jr., the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, First Church; and Grenadian Association President/festival deejay Ronald Robinson.

“I think it’s marvelous seeing the activities, culture, and music,” affirmed Moretta Hinson.

The festival took on the appearances of the Flagler School of Dance, Daughters of Miriam Dancers, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church; and Jukido Academy. Visitors felt it was worthwhile, having been moved by the presentations.

Church hosting free seminars
Look out for the interest of each family member. The First Church of Palm Coast is hosting a series of free family-centered seminars – Communications, Money and Finance, Parenting and more!

Studies show that most of what we say is not really heard or understood. So join First Church on March 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., for the Communications seminar, the first in the series, which will show more effective ways to communicate.

The series is free; seating is limited, and lunch and child care will be provided. So reserve your seat today at 386-446-5759.

The First Church is located at 91 Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast.

Elephant sale set for March 9
The Gwendolyn Howard White Elephant Sale, a Women’s Day event at the First Church of Palm Coast, will be held March 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It is a memorial tribute to Howard, who started the commodity exchange with other fund-raisers for unprecedented support to the church.

Clothing, bric-a-brac, home decor, and other merchandise will be for sale, including the purchase of refreshments.

In addition, tables may be rented at $15 each to sell merchandise.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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