It was undeniably a cool collection of hits by Rob’s JazzExpress for the recent 12th Annual Jazz Breakfast in support of the African American Cultural Society and its cultural programs. The breakfast was presented by the Omni Committee at the African American Cultural Society.
Cultural programs funded by the revenues pulled in, and combined with intense love of jazz, enhanced the late Bill Dabney’s brainchild of a jazz breakfast. Dabney was the founding chairman of the Omni Committee.
From Jacksonville and Orlando, friends gathered with members of the African American Cultural Society for the classic hits of Rob’s JazzExpress, a trio of Robert Whiting on guitar, Jack LaForte on bass guitar, and Robert Banks on drums.
The audience got caught up in the trio’s rendition of Jimmy Smith’s “The Sermon,” “People Make the World Go Round,” a Stylistics’ knockout, and Al Green’s legendary “ Let’s Stay Together.”
Omni Chair John Reid made sure everyone got enough to eat, like back in the day – with sausage, eggs, grits and pancakes.
ACT-SO Olympics take place March 8
The Flagler County NAACP invites the community for the Third Annual ACT-SO Olympics of the Mind Competition taking place March 8, 1 p.m., at the Pirates Theatre at Matanzas High School, 3535 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
The competition distinguishes itself as the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), a youth initiative of the national NAACP showcasing students with talents in music, poetry, dance, art, design, and culinary arts – and science and technology.
The winners will represent Flagler County, advancing to the national competition in Las Vegas, July 17 to 20, to compete against other students for scholarships, awards, and prizes.
Noted ACT-SO alumni are director/producer/screenwriter John Singleton, music artist Kanye West and actor Jada Pinkett Smith.
So come and support our young scientists, poets and filmmakers.
For information on a combination ticket purchase, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822.
AKAs to present STEM program in St. Augustine
The Chi Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and its affiliate, the Ivy Community Foundation, Inc., continue its legacy of mentoring youth through an interactive Youth Summit. The scheduled date is March 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval St., St. Augustine.
Guest speakers will discuss careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), plus non-
The summit is being introduced in St. Augustine, but will serve youth in the surrounding counties.
Participants will receive information relative to self-development, maintaining healthy relationships, and other topics pertinent to youth.
For more information, call Ivy Leaf Reporter Kowanna Johnson at 904-910-9237, or email IvyLeaf@akachideltaomega, org.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: Douglas Brown, Jasmyne Hendrix, Feb. 27; Jennie Timmons, Feb. 28; Kristara Peddlar, Shirley Davis, March 1; Jazmine Major Arnold, Sybil Dodson Lucas, March 2; Carmel Hooke, March 3.
Happy anniversary to Dr. and Mrs. Irving W. Robinson, Feb.28; Frank and Almedia Quarterman, March 3.