Walter Morris was the first chosen for an all-Black 555th Parachute Infantry Company during World War II. The company became a battalion and later merged with the elite 82nd Airborne Division. The division unified the U.S. Army in 1947, a whole year prior to President Truman’s integrating the Armed Forces by Executive Order. The 555th Parachute Infantry Company is best known as “The Triple Nickle.”
The 10th Annual Onyx Awards will celebrate Morris come Oct. 26 in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel. The reception will showcase 6 p.m.; the awards show is at 7 p.m.
Morris is a sought-after speaker and the subject for awards, print media, documentaries, and TV broadcasts, particularly by journalist/NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw as well as CNN.
Onyx’s Florida’s premiere lifestyle magazine, honing in the accomplishments of African-Americans and the African Diaspora.
The LBS Foundation is a charitable organization focusing on health and education, particularly the sickle cell disease and college scholarships.
Congresswoman Corrine Brown also will be honored.
AACS to honor men at luncheon
Lynda Baten, African American Cultural Society treasurer/program chair, is excited about “A Recognition Luncheon” that will honor the men of the African American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACS). The luncheon will acknowledge their generous donations, contributions and accomplishments for the organization.
Baten desires that no one should miss the applewood lime grilled chicken, together with a complete menu and a glass of Kryptonite refresher. Playwright Skylar Cherry, the pseudonym of Cultural Center Administrator Diana McKie Robinson, will have a few surprises.
Box office sales must be purchased prior to the event because no tickets will be sold at the door. The ticket price is $20.
The doors open 11:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 30. The program will begin at high noon and the venue is open seating. The attire is casual.
To purchase tickets, call the AACS at 386-447-7030, which is located at 4422 U. S. 1, Palm Coast.
Society plans Caribbean trip
Soak up sailing in the Southern Caribbean with the African American Cultural Society aboard “The Explorer of the Seas.”
Get ready to sail nine nights starting Nov. 15, 2014 with Royal Caribbean and leaving Port Canaveral. The Ports of Call are Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, and Labadee, Haiti.
The ticket price extends from $779 to $1,249. The charge per person is based on double occupancy. Taxes and administrative fees are extra. Treasurer Lynda Baten is leading the way.
So, for further details, call Baten at 386-586-7672, or Travel Leaders at 386-445-0007.
Town hall takes place Oct. 8 in Palm Coast
Palm Coast City Councilman Jason DeLorenzo, County Commission Chair Nate McLaughlin and County School Board Chairman Andy Dance are trailblazers in the sense they’ll have their first town hall meeting together. It takes place Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m., at Palm Coast Community Center.
The community is invited and encouraged to attend the open forum. The center is at 305 Palm Coast Parkway NE, Palm Coast.
For further details, call Cindi Lane, Palm Coast Communications and Marketing Manager, at 386-986-3708.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: Thomasina Brown, Sept. 27; Rehanna Caldwell, Sept. 29; Horace Eubanks, Madalin Price, Ph.D., Sept. 30; Willie T. Mitchell, Rose Luckett Williams, Oct. 1; Micah Booker, Oct. 2.